Student-led training

The CHASE Training and Development Group is happy to consider proposals for a range of activities from single day events to multiple day, multi-site programmes. Budget can be made available to cover costs for external speakers, catering, external venue hire (where appropriate).

Some of the ideas explored at Encounters are listed below, but this is by no means an exhaustive list and other ideas are welcome:

  • One day conference: students invited to present research in progress papers and finishing with a notable keynote speaker talking about research methods.

  • Book sprint

  • Literature review

  • Blog

  • Writers retreat

  • Networking events leading to discussion or reading groups

  • Public engagement events

  • Events focused on establishing and maintaining research networks.

If you, as a group of CHASE PhD students, would like to propose any events/training of this type, please complete an expression of interest form that outlines:

  • The nature of the training (field/methodological approaches/interdisciplinarity).

  • The names of individuals and institutions to be involved in delivering the training.

  • Learning outcomes for the proposed activities.

  • Whether the activities will be suitable for all CHASE students or restricted to certain subject areas or disciplines.

Criteria for support:

  • At least two named applicants must be registered as CHASE funded PhD students for the duration of the proposed activities.

  • Two or more CHASE funded students must be involved in developing the activities.

  • Proposals must have been discussed with (and be supported by) your Supervisors or other members of research staff at CHASE funded institutions.


Please download the application form by clicking ‘apply now’ on the right hand side of this page. While preparing a proposal, please contact Dr Steven Colburn ( if you have any queries as to the process. Once submitted, your proposal will be considered by the CHASE Training and Development Group and assessed against the criteria above. The group will also consider how your proposal fits with existing training provided by CHASE, CHASE institutions and non-HEI partners.

Please note: applications must be submitted at least three months before training activities are expected to commence.

On approval:

You will be contacted by the CHASE to discuss budget requirements, scheduling and other practicalities pertaining to your proposal.

CHASE is committed to making training materials available from each funded training event. Sessions will ideally be filmed to uploaded to the CHASE Virtual Research Environment (VRE) or at least captured through the provision of training materials and reflective blog posts on the CHASE VRE.

Successful proposals:

Awards will be offered subject to the following terms and conditions:

  • The organiser(s) of the training activity write at least one post for the CHASE website once the activity has taken place. This post will reflect on your experiences of setting up and completing the activity.

  • Promotional materials for the activity carry the words: ‘Supported by the CHASE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Cohort Development Fund’.

  • The organisers share evaluations of the event with the Training and Development Group.

Please contact if you have any queries.