CHASE AHRC studentship scheme for Arts and Humanities Research (2021)

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 £15,285 for 2020-21). 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.

Type of award

PhD scholarship


PhD studentships cover  UK level fees and a tax free maintenance allowance (currently £15,285) and support funding (for e.g. conferences, placements, research travel, training courses)


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, but AHRC scholarships cover only UK level fees not Overseas PhD fees . 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.

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 2021 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 8 Sussex applicants were awarded scholarships.


11 January 2021 0:00 (GMT)

How to apply

The CHASE studentship competition is now 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 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

Contact us

Amanda Britt, Project Officer, Research and Enterprise


The timetable is as follows:

Monday January 11th 2021- Deadline to apply for a PhD place to study at Sussex

Monday January 25th 2021 - Deadline for completing the CHASE application form online

Mid-February 2021: Interviews for candidates selected by the Schools

Mid-April 2021: Applicants informed of outcome.

Find out more about CHASE



At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
11 January 2021 0:00 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired


The award is available to people from these specific countries: