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Doctoral training centres

CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership

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Our CHASE AHRC PhD studentships offer an outstanding funding and training opportunity to the next generation of world-leading arts and humanities scholars.


Essex is part of the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), a group of seven leading research institutions comprising ourselves and the Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths (University of London), Open University, University of East Anglia, University of Kent and University of Sussex.

The Consortium has been awarded £17 million over five years by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Over 375 CHASE AHRC PhD studentships will be awarded across the seven partner institutions during the funding period 2014-2019.

CHASE is one of 11 Doctoral Training Partnerships funded by the AHRC in the UK and offers a world-leading environment for doctoral research and education.

Why become a CHASE scholar?

Our studentships offer far more than just funding. You'll be part of an active and interdisciplinary network of elite doctoral students. Alongside close and expert supervision, you will benefit from an exciting range of professional development opportunities and have access to specialist expertise from across CHASE institutions and outside partners.

Current projects

You can see profiles of current CHASE scholars to get an idea of the range of subjects under investigation.