Arts and Humanities Studentships Available At The University of Sussex via CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership

University of Sussex

The University of Sussex and the Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-East (CHASE) invite applications for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) PhD Studentship awards within and across the following fields:

  • American Studies
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Creative and Critical Practice
  • Creative and Critical Writing
  • Drama
  • English
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • Film Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Geography
  • History
  • Human Rights Law
  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Social and Political Thought.

Why Sussex?

Sussex hosts one of the AHRC's prestigious Doctoral Training Centres, which brings together doctoral researchers from across the Arts and Humanities. Sussex is renowned for its path-breaking creative and interdisciplinary work whilst also achieving excellence in discipline-based research. Gaining Doctoral funding at Sussex gives you access to professional training in research and public engagement. It also means joining a lively community of innovative thinkers, researchers and creative practitioners such as writers, filmmakers, and musicians, engaged in producing exciting new work that seeks to address the challenges of a world shaped by the speed of technological innovation and global change.

What is CHASE?

CHASE is a collaborative network of universities and other research organisations in the South East, who work in partnership to support the training and development of postgraduate researchers. The Consortium consists of The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths College (University of London), the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex, with Birkbeck College and the School of Oriental and African Studies (both University of London) as associate members. Funding by the AHRC and CHASE members enables the Consortium to award up to 75 Doctoral studentships each year for innovative research in the Arts and Humanities.

What does CHASE at Sussex have to offer?

If you are successful in attracting a CHASE studentship, you will:

  • have your fees paid and receive a stipend to cover your living expenses (subject to residential eligibility in the UK; EU residents will have only their fees paid).
  • be eligible to apply for further financial support for training and research expenses, such as archival visits, conference trips, and learning a language or other skill integral to your research project.
  • benefit from a vibrant research environment with lots of opportunity to develop yourself as well as your research, through specialist research seminars, reading groups, lectures by world class visiting speakers, the Library's Researcher Development Programme and CHASE student cohort meetings.
  • have the opportunity to gain professional experience of applying your research in a work environment by undertaking a placement with one of our partner organisations, such as the BBC Archives, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the British Film and Video Council, the South Downs National Park, or The Victoria and Albert Museum

You can also benefit from research and practical expertise available across all the other CHASE institutions, via existing research networks, joint or additional supervision and the biannual Encounters conferences, attended by all CHASE funded students.

How to apply?

If you wish to apply for a CHASE studentship you must first apply for a place on a PhD course at the University of Sussex:

Once you have secured a place you will be invited to apply online for a CHASE studentship. The invitation will be sent via e-mail which will contain the link and access code to the application.

CHASE studentships are only open to UK and EU students who meet the RCUK residency requirements.

Sussex holds an annual briefing session on how to apply for a CHASE studentship. The briefing will take place as part of our Sussex PhD Open Evening on Wednesday November 1st 2017. See our website for further details:

Please note:

The deadline for applications to the University of Sussex is midnight 10th January 2018.