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Doctoral training centres

CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership

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Our studentships are available to scholars applying across arts and humanities subjects. Participating schools and departments at our University are:

CHASE actively encourages collaboration within and between its partner institutions. As well as proposals requiring supervision in a single subject area at our University, we welcome proposals for jointly supervised projects, either across subject areas or partner institutions, or both.


Studentships are open to home and EU students.


For home and EU students resident in the UK for at least three years, funding covers fees, maintenance and professional development opportunities during your PhD.

For EU applicants with less than three years residence in the UK, funding covers fees only during your PhD.

How to apply

You can apply for our CHASE AHRC studentships through our University's participating schools and departments. Your chosen supervisor(s) will work closely with you on your application and research proposal.

Additional Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentship for 2019 entry

  • From an experiment in industrial democracy to driving the difference: the John Lewis partnership co-ownership model 1964 - 2014


    • Dr Alix Green
    • Dr Matthew Grant
    • Judy Faraday (Collaborative Partner Supervisor)

    Overview: Applications are invited for a CHASE-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award with the University of Essex and the John Lewis Partnership (JLP) Archive and Heritage Centre. The aim is to understand how democracy was understood within the business and how the John Lewis model influenced wider debates about worker participation and co-ownership. Research will focus on JLP’s archives but the researcher will also use collections such as the Co-operative archives, the Modern Records Centre and other business archives. This is an exciting project for researchers with backgrounds in twentieth-century British history, social history, labour or business history from any relevant degree.

    As a collaborative project with the John Lewis Partnership, the researcher will be working closely with the Heritage Centre and engage with Partners in other parts of the business. Prospective students should therefore be interested in developing the ‘applied’ aspects of their research and learning about the Partnership as an active business.

    Funding: Open to UK and EU applicants (fees only for EU applicants). PhD fees and AHRC stipend for three years -£15,559 for 2019/20, which includes an enhanced stipend to cover travel costs relating to the project. Additional equipment and travel costs will be supported.

    Application details: Applications for this studentship must be made via the University of Essex application form.