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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.

CHASE studentships for October 2020 entry will be open for applications on Monday 7 October 2019.


Essex is part of the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), a group of nine leading research institutions comprising:

  • University of Essex
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Kent
  • University of Sussex
  • Open University
  • Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Goldsmiths (University of London)
  • Birkbeck (University of London)
  • SOAS (University of London)

One of 10 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Training Partnerships awarded across the UK, CHASE will support over 50 doctoral studentships each year for five years, including a number of Collaborative Doctoral Awards with a range of partner organisations. Over the past five years, CHASE has supported more than 400 doctoral students across the partner institutions 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.