SOAS University of London


CHASE AHRC Studentship 2021

Deadline: 11 January 2021

Up to 56 Arts and Humanities studentships available from CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership. CHASE Studentships are for PhD-level study only and successful applicants will have their fees paid, as well as receiving a stipend to cover living expenses (where eligible, see below) and access to further funds for skills training and research. 

The Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) invites applications for its sixth round of Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) PhD Studentship awards. CHASE is one of 10 Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK awarded funding by the AHRC. 

SOAS, University of London is proud to be part of CHASE which brings together 8 leading institutions engaged in collaborative research activities including an AHRC doctoral training partnership. These are the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, Birkbeck, University of London and SOAS, University of London.


Selection panels will grade applications according to the following criteria:

1. Research proposal

The proposal is clearly-written and demonstrates engagement with an academic field at a high level of sophistication.
The project demonstrates original thinking in its field.
The methodology proposed clearly demonstrates the viability of the planned research.
The planned research is described in a way that inspires confidence that it will definitely be completed within the funded period.

2. Preparedness for research

The applicant demonstrates understanding of appropriate research skills required for successful completion of the project.
The applicant has appropriate training at Master’s level or equivalent (including experience gained outside of higher education) to undertake the project.
The applicant’s references fully support the applicant’s preparedness for doctoral study.

3. Suitability of research environment

The research environment (as constituted by the proposed supervision, the home department(s) or equivalent, the institutional support (including available archives, sources, research centres), any external organisations) is appropriate to the project.
The applicant has given clear thought to the fit between their project and their proposed research environment.
The supervisor statement fully supports the project’s fit with the proposed research environment.

Applications shortlisted by the institution will be put forward to the relevant CHASE selection panel. The scope of each selection panel is as follows:

  1. History, Thought and Systems of Belief
  2. Art History and Visual Cultures
  3. Media and Creative Practice
  4. Literature, Language and Culture


CHASE AHRC funding is only available to Home. Home students must satisfy the standard research council eligibility criteria. Please see page 12 of the Research Councils Terms and Conditions for Training Grants to check eligibility. If you have any questions about your eligibility for a CHASE studentship, please contact


Applicants should follow two steps:

STEP 1:  Apply for Research Degrees at SOAS as soon as possible (ideally mid December 2020) but no later than 23.59 (UK local time) on 11 January 2021

Applicants must submit a complete admissions application by this deadline. However, we strongly advise you to apply by mid-December 2020.  

Your application for Research Degrees will only be initially assessed once two references have been confidentially submitted by your nominated referees. The Doctoral School Admissions team will check that all required documentation has been provided and that the references are acceptable and meet our requirements during the initial assessment.  Incomplete applications, missing any of the above elements, cannot be considered and will not go forward to the Academic Selectors within the Department for consideration.

The deadline is important as applicants must have an offer of admissions by the time selection takes place.  Guidance for applying for MPhil/PhD and information on what makes an application complete - please see here for How to Apply.

STEP 2: Apply for the Scholarship by 23.59 (UK local time) on 11 January 2021.

You must apply for the CHASE studentships via the studentship application.

In order to apply you will need the following access code: CHASE-2021

IMPORTANT: Please see CHASE AHRC Studentship Application: Guidance for more information.

Informal Enquiries

For enquiries about the application procedure, please contact the Scholarships department: