CHASE AHRC studentship scheme for Arts and Humanities Research (2022)

The University of Sussex is a member of the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Successful applicants will have their PhD tuition fees paid, and will receive a stipend to cover living expenses (currently £15,609 for 2021-22). They will also have access to further funds for research expenses. They will benefit from research and practical expertise available across all the CHASE institutions via existing research networks, and the twice yearly Encounters conference.

What you get

PhD studentships cover PhD fees (international or UK level) and a tax free maintenance allowance (currently £15,609) and support funding (for e.g. conferences, placements, research travel, training courses)

Type of award

PhD scholarship


CHASE AHRC studentships are open to UK and Overseas/International students according to the UKRI student eligibility rules.  Up to 30% of each cohort of students may be Overseas students . So we are now also able to offer a limited number of studentship awards to international candidates, including a stipend and full payment of international fees.

Our Admissions team will give a definitive answer of your Fee Status, but you count as a UK student if you are :

  • a UK national who has been living in the UK or EU for the three years prior to starting your course;
  • an EU national with Settled Status;
  • an EU national with Pre-Settled status who has been living in the UK or EU for 3 years prior to starting your course;
  • a student will Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK;
  • an Irish National (due to a reciprocal agreement with the UK)

All other students (e.g. EU nationals moving to the UK to start their PhD) will count as Overseas students.

If you have already commenced doctoral study, you may still be eligible for an AHRC studentship funding providing that, at the start of the AHRC award, you will have at least 50% of your period of study remaining as of September 2022 when the studentship commences.



Number of scholarships available

Last year CHASE awarded 57 scholarships across the consortium of 8 institutions. 

Each year, Sussex can nominate 17 candidates to the CHASE consortium selection panels and last year 6 Sussex applicants were awarded scholarships.


17 December 2021 12:00

How to apply

The CHASE studentship competition will soon be open for applications.

If you wish to apply for CHASE studentship you must first apply for a place on a PhD course at the University of Sussex. You will then be able to request a link to the CHASE application form.

The deadline for the Sussex PhD application is December 17th 2021 and the deadline for the CHASE scholarship application is January 28th  2022.

The deadline for the CHASE scholarship application is soon after the deadline for the Sussex application, so  we advise you to apply to Sussex and to agree your supervisory team in the autumn so that you can begin work on your CHASE application before Christmas. Your supervisor and your referees will need time to write their statements for your CHASE application.

Find out more about CHASE

Scholarship success stories

You can hear more from successful applicants and find out how to strengthen your proposal at our online workshops:

  1. CHASE workshop; writing a proposal and getting feedback - Monday Nov 8th 11-12 via zoom.

  1. Online PG Open Day - CHASE information Sat Nov 20th 11-12 am

Contact us

Amanda Britt, Project Officer, Research and Enterprisea

There are several steps to the selection process:

- each of the CHASE partner universities select 17 candidates to go forward to the consortium panels;

- the CHASE consortium panels assess and rank the selected candidates in March/April 2022

- the CHASE management board agrees a final ranked list in April 2022

- successful applicants are informed in late April 2022


The timetable is as follows:

12 midday December 17th  2021- Deadline to apply for a PhD place to study at Sussex

12 midday January 28th 2022 - Deadline for completing the CHASE application form online

February/March 2022: Sussex selects its top 17 candidates and informs applicants whether they have been forwarded to the next stage

Mid-April 2022: Applicants informed of outcome agreed by CHASE consortium panels

Find out more about CHASE



At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
17 December 2021 12:00 (GMT)


The award is available to people from these specific countries: