CHASE AHRC Studentship Competition 2015

The University of Kent is proud to be part of the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) which was awarded a £17million Doctoral Training Partnership by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in October 2013. Our partners include The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, and Sussex. CHASE is one of only 11 UK AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and the partners have committed an additional £10million in studentship funding which allow CHASE to support over 375 PhD students in the arts and humanities across the partner institutions over five years. CHASE will offer students a wide range of exciting opportunities to gain professional experience, work across institutions and disciplines, and acquire advanced research skills. Further information is available at:

New students wishing to be considered for these scholarships must apply for a PhD place at the University of Kent by 14th January 2015 at the latest. Applicants are advised to discuss their research project with academic members of staff in the relevant schools as soon as possible. Any current PhD students wishing to be considered for AHRC funding should contact their School Director of Graduate Studies (with responsibility for research programmes) to advise them of this as soon as possible or by 14th January 2015 at the very latest. CHASE will fund up to 75 doctoral studentships for admission in 2015.

Process and Timetable

Stage 1: All applications for PhD study received by relevant schools by 14th January 2015 will be considered for submission to the CHASE selection process. Please indicate on the application form that you would like to be considered for AHRC funding. All applications submitted by 14th January 2015 will be considered for CHASE funding.

Stage 2: Candidates long listed for the CHASE competition by relevant Schools will be invited to complete a CHASE application form* by 2nd February 2015 and attend an interview with Kent Selection Panels on 9th or 10th February 2015. After the interviews, the panels will take a decision on a final Kent shortlist of candidates for the overall CHASE competition involving all other partner institutions.

Stage 3: The final Kent shortlist will go forward at the beginning of March to the CHASE selection panels which will be made up of members representing all seven CHASE partners. This panel will consider shortlisted candidates across the consortium. All candidates will be informed by 15th April 2015 about the outcome of their applications.

* Please note that access to the CHASE application form will only be made available to long listed candidates.


* Home and EU candidates are eligible to make applications for AHRC awards
* UK residents’ awards consist of fees and maintenance
* EU residents’ awards are on a fees-only basis* Please see guidance on residency requirements outlined in the AHRC’s Training Grant Guide at:

A student who has already commenced doctoral study may apply for funding for the remainder of their study, providing that, at the start of the AHRC award, they will have at least 50% of their period of study remaining..

There will be a briefing for students interested in applying for CHASE AHRC funding at 4pm on Wednesday 26th November in Rutherford Lecture Theatre 1. The briefing will focus on:

1) Introduction to CHASE: its structure, aims and ethos
2) Applying to CHASE through Kent
3) Writing a Strong Proposal
4) Questions

Please email the Postgraduate Administrator with any queries: