What is a CHASE Studentship?


What is doctoral research?

Doctoral research is independent original research towards a doctoral degree, or PhD. This is a postgraduate degree taking between three and four years to complete on a full-time basis (or six to eight years part-time). You will write a dissertation (an extended piece of writing summarising your research) or an equivalent creative practice submission with the support of a team of academic supervisors. More importantly, doctoral research allows you to pursue a research question of your own devising, make an original contribution to knowledge, and to open doors to a range of research-led professions.

A detailed explanation of doctoral research is available at https://www.findaphd.com/advice/finding/what-is-a-phd.aspx (external link)

What does a CHASE studentship offer?

If selected for a CHASE studentship, your fees will be paid for the duration of the degree, and if you are a home student you will also receive a tax-free stipend to cover living expenses (EU students will receive a fees-only award). The stipend is £15,009 (£17,009 for London-based universities). You will also have access to support funding to cover the costs of your research and professional development, whether that’s field trips or sharing your work at conferences, for example. You can also access specially designed training courses to help you develop your research skills, and undertake placement projects with partner organisations.

Should I apply for a CHASE studentship?

Yes, if you have the skills and passion to undertake interesting and original humanities the arts research at a leading university. You are welcome to discuss your ideas with our experts in the relevant field. You can search for academics on our member institutions’ websites. You should have a good undergraduate degree (normally a First or 2:1). Most applicants will already have or be studying for a Masters degree in a relevant field, but others will have relevant work experience that has given them the knowledge and skills to undertake a research project.

Are CHASE studentships available for creative practice PhDs?

Yes, several of our member institutions offer the option of PhD by creative practice in a range of fields, for example, creative writing,  film-making, musical composition or digital arts. Alongside your creative project, you will need to write a critical commentary or theoretical component.

Does CHASE offer collaborative projects?

Yes, CHASE supports collaboration with organisations outside the academy. A range of Collaborative Doctoral Award projects will be advertised in March 2020.

What does CHASE offer besides studentship funding?

CHASE offers a range of training opportunities each year for doctoral researchers at its member institutions, which can be accessed free of charge. We also provide a Training Hub with online training and archive materials, and support supervisors across the consortium with tailored workshops. Being part of an active consortium of leading institutions across the South East enriches your doctoral experience with enhanced prospects for networking, collaboration and support.