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Placement opportunities

CHASE Placements 

We are extending our successful placement scheme to doctoral researchers not funded by the DTP.

Current doctoral researchers in AHRC eligible areas may apply for placement opportunities advertised by partner organisations listed below.

Placements may last between one and six months.

Successful applicants will receive stipend and fees at RCUK rates for the duration of the placement, as well as reasonable expenses.

For placement queries, please contact Steve Colburn 

Available placements

+ Aquinoe

The Aquinoe placement is a three month fully funded CHASE placement expected to run between 1 April - 1 July 2019. There is some flexibility regarding timing depending on candidate.

The student will live in the director's compound just opposite Aquinoe Learning Centre, an SEN and refugee inclusive school for children aged 3-13 year in Kitale, Kenya, relatively near the Ugandan border.

Candidates will need to writie a 500-1000 word proposal for a creative project to undertake during their stay. Areas of interest raised by the school are:

  • Music (setting up school choir/orchestra)
  • Drama (putting on community shows)
  • Dance
  • Work on accessibilty to the library
  • Photography

This is not an exhaustive list and all ideas are welcome. The main stipulations are that the project be collaborative, flexible and to create some form of long term impact.

Propsals and queries to go to by Friday 18 January 2019

+ The ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art)

Deadline extended to 15th January 2019 (early applications encouraged)

FRAMES of REPRESENTATION (FoR) is a laboratory conceived to engage with new visions of documentary cinema through supporting exhibition, production and distribution of innovative and politically aware cinematic languages.

FRAMES of REPRESENTATION film festival will return at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London from 5th to 13th April 2019.

Through a series of screenings and related forums #FoR19 returns for its fourth year to investigate the core founding principles of its political and aesthetic approach. In conversation with the filmmakers, researchers, audience and the overall community around festival, FoR 2019 aims to question the categories, languages, and modes of speech and visibility that are associated with the cinema of the real. It places film at the heart of global conversations around decolonisation, the shared expression of cultural complexity, and the direction of power in relation to race, gender, class and geography.

ICA and CHASE are looking to appoint two CHASE PhD-researchers for two roles as FoR Festival Coordinators.

Extended deadline: 14 December 2018 - HOW TO APPLY: Please submit your CV (no more than 2 pages) alongside a short supporting statement (500 words max) explaining your interest in the roles. Please send to Steven Colburn (CHASE Placements and Partnerships Officer):

The CHASE PhD-researchers will receive a dedicated placement opportunity at the ICA for the 5-month period leading up to and including the festival, encompassing professional and academic development in planning, production, presentation and research. The researchers will be supported by reporting to and working alongside FRAMES of REPRESENTATION founder and ICA cinema curator Nico Marzano.

The CHASE PhD-researchers will work with and within the festival team across all aspects of festival production including researching, budgeting, programming, delivery and administration to plan and execute the 9 day long festival (5-13 April 2019).

This role will interest to anyone with an interest in moving image, documentary film or photography, third cinema, landscape and environmentalism, new media arts/VR/new technologies, or experimental curatorial formats and political engagement through the arts.

Opportunities will include: a. Viewing and helping collate documentaries for programming purposes b. Communicating with rights’ managers, production companies and press to secure films, Q&A’s with directors, and media coverage c. Achieving logistics required to prepare, organise and execute the practical delivery and presentation of events and screenings as part of the festival at the ICA and CHASE d. Curating, planning and presenting public panel discussions in relation to one or some of the screenings e. Acting as single point of contact and communication for logistical inquiries from partners, venues and production team f. Supporting all social media activities and outreach campaigns to support FoR festival to find an audience and press profile g. Coordinating the publication of short pieces for the ICA online Bulletin and/or for the festival booklet

More information about the festival can be found here:


ONCA supports the wellbeing of people and places by increasing awareness of, and engagement with, environmental and social challenges. ONCA is a space for meeting, thinking, learning and celebrating art, always encouraging artists to ask big questions about difficult issues.

ONCA embraces diverse perspectives and needs by modelling and fostering inclusive creative practices. They are proud to help people imagine, and move towards, thriving futures. To do this, they partner with local and international artists and organisations. They specialise in creative learning projects with children and young people.

They do all this from their gallery and performance space in Brighton, UK, where they host a range of events – some led and curated by them, and some by visiting artists and companies who hire the gallery. Upstairs at ONCA they also run workspaces for artists, charities and businesses.

“A wonderfully creative space for exploration and reflection” (Caroline Lucas), which “brings together communities in open-hearted and mind-altering ways” (Robert Macfarlane).

Placement opportunities at ONCA may include but are not limited to the following areas of work:

  • Curatorial/ programming
  • Education and Learning
  • Outreach and community projects
  • Research and development - arts and environmental projects
  • Strategic management and planning
  • Business & partnership development
  • Fundraising
  • Operations
  • Marketing and PR

Find out more about ONCA here

+ Turner Contemporary

At Turner Contemporary, they believe in the power of art to transform people and places, doing things differently to achieve their vision that “art and creativity are at the heart of a vibrant, healthy and equal society.” Their mission, “pioneering change by making the arts more vital and connected to daily life” informs everything that they do.

Since opening in 2011, Turner Contemporary has become one of the most successful galleries in the UK. They’ve achieved more than 2.3 million visits and the gallery has been a catalyst for the social and economic regeneration of Margate. Located in a building designed by David Chipperfield Architects, on a site overlooking the North Sea, their programme of exhibitions of historical and contemporary art and their innovative learning programme have fast earned the gallery an international reputation.

With free admission, great art is accessible for all. Turner Contemporary are committed to challenging traditional practice to make themselves more accessible; repositioning art as more relevant to society. Their distinctive, audience-focused approach is integral to their success and inspires interest from their peers, nationally and internationally.

Turner Contemporary is a charity governed by a Board of Trustees. The organisation receives revenue funding from Arts Council England and Kent County Council and the whole team works creatively to raise significant amounts of additional income. The following are broad areas of work that are open for placement applications.

  • Curatorial
  • Education and Learning
  • Research – curatorial, data capture and analysis
  • Strategic management and planning
  • Operations/customer care/visitor experience
  • Marketing and PR
  • Fundraising/development
  • Income generation/business development

+ Vitae

Vitae is the professional body for Researcher Developers, based in the UK but with a global reach. If you are interested in the policies and structures that shape the Higher Education research landscape this will be an ideal placement. You will have opportunities to conduct meaningful research designed to shape the Higher Education research agenda. You will also gain experience in event management and administration and have the opportunity to develop contacts with people working in every facet of Higher Education. Please contact the CHASE Placements and Partnerships Officer for further details:

+ YA Shot

YAShot is a not-for-profit organisation that works to encourage a love of reading, a passion for writing, and aspirations to careers in the Arts through various ‘Young Adult’ Literature-related activities. Their flagship fund-raising event is a large, annual one-day festival (featuring 50-75 authors) that partners with the UK’s YA blogging awards for an evening of blogging and vlogging activities. They use the funds raised to run a large internship programme and a series of outreach activities. These outreach activities include partnering with libraries and schools for free school events, as well as developing ways of working with council authorities to bring author events to some of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK (including children in care, care leavers and young carers). They are seeking input and help to develop all their outreach work, including through securing new sponsorship and funding. They are now entering their third year, with excellent brand-recognition across the UK YA world and growing international recognition through working with festivals in Australia and Chicago and increasingly engaging with large publications with an international readership (including PLO, the Bookseller, The Guardian and others). They have several opportunities that could be of interest to postgraduate research students looking for opportunities for challenging and exciting work to allow them to develop a range of new and existing skills, use research to pursue immediate practical goals, and gain experience in a range of areas such as team-working, supervising junior colleagues, project management and developing documentation. They offer roles with significant responsibility and autonomy but also plenty of input and support, including a professional mentor with experience in skills development at a postgraduate level.