Postgraduate Study

CHASE (Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts Southeast England) Arts and Humanities Research Council

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About CHASE AHRC Awards

The Courtauld Institute of Art is pleased to announce Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding as partners of the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East (CHASE).

The consortium consists of The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex, and was formed to promote excellence in research, postgraduate research training and knowledge exchange in the Arts and Humanities.

The consortium aims to:

  • Support world-class researchers in the understanding of human culture and creativity
  • Engage with employers and develop partnerships to encourage creativity and innovation and to secure funding
  • Raise the national and international profile of the universities

 CHASE is matching AHRC funding of £17m and will be awarding over 375 AHRC-studentships over a five year period starting in the 2014/15 academic year. It is delighted to offer up to 75 studentships for 2014 entry.


Studentships cover tuition fees (currently £4,130), a maintenance allowance (currently £13,726) and research training.*

*See eligibility details.

Further information can be found on the CHASE website.



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CHASE AHRC studentships are open to UK and EU students who meet the residency requirements set out in the AHRC Guide to Student Funding and wish to be funded from September 2014.

A full scholarship is offered to those meeting UK residency criteria. EU nationals resident in the EU/EEA are eligible for a fees-only studentship. Overseas students are not normally eligible for AHRC funding. Rates may be subject to change.

New applicants should normally have, or be studying for a Master's degree. Please note that if successful you may be required to produce evidence of your qualifications at registration.

Applicants who are already studying for a doctoral degree may apply provided that they will be studying for at least one more year full-time or 20 months part-time (excluding the writing up period). A student who has started their doctoral studies on a part-time basis are eligible to convert to full-time status upon receipt of an award.

Further information

Please note that applicants must apply for a PhD programme via the standard Courtauld application method.  This application must be made before a CHASE AHRC studentship application can be submitted. Candidates submitting to the CHASE AHRC application process who have not already applied to The Courtauld will be deemed ineligible.


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Application Procedure

This information is from the 2014/5 academic year, and is subject to change for the 2015/6 academic year. The below is therefore provided for reference only.

For further guidance read the guidance notes [pdf]

CHASE AHRC guidance (including sample form) can be found here.

Key Dates

This information is from the 2014/5 academic year, and is subject to change for the 2015/6 academic year. The below is therefore provided for reference only.

31 January 2014 - Final deadline for applications, in line with all other CHASE institutions. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by 24 January 2014.

20 February 2014 - Applicants will be notified by Registry if they have been selected for CHASE AHRC funding and provided with the CHASE AHRC application form.

26 February 2014 - Deadline for completed CHASE application forms to reach supervisor.

28 February 2014 - All forms to be returned to Registry, signed off by Head of Research, and forwarded to CHASE.

16 April 2014 - CHASE will inform applicants of the outcome of their application.

Those applicants who are not successful will be automatically returned to The Courtauld's internal scholarship process.