Stuart Hall Foundation CHASE AHRC studentships for BAME Arts and Humanities Researchers (2022)

The CHASE consortium is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Stuart Hall Foundation (SHF) to support at least two studentships a year for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates to undertake doctoral research in Arts and Humanities. As well as the usual benefits of a CHASE studentship, successful awardees will benefit from working with SHF to develop their career and research profile. Post holders will be able to engage with the resources and networks of the Stuart Hall Foundation, including an annual gathering of Foundation Fellows, and privileged access to the work of SHF.

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


There are two eligibility criteria:

  1. The Stuart Hall Foundation Scholarships  are available to candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds only.
  2. Your PhD project must fit with the aims of the Foundation.

The Foundation works collaboratively to forge creative partnerships in the spirit of Stuart Hall; thinking together and working towards a racially just and more equal future. The Stuart Hall Foundation is committed to providing opportunities for students and academics, pursuing themes resonant with the work of Professor Stuart Hall and that of the Foundation

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

At least 2 Stuart Hall Foundation CHASE scholarships will be available across the consortium.

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

Details of the 2021/22 competition are available on the CHASE website.

If you wish to apply for a SHF 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.

On the CHASE application form, to be considered to the SHF scholarship you  must  provide a short statement (up to 200 words) describing how your project fits with the Stuart Hall Foundation’s mission. You can find more information at This statement may repeat relevant material from your Widening Participation statement.

Pre-application sessions on the Stuart Hall Foundation Scholarships will take place on:

  • Friday 22nd October 1-2 pm
  • Friday 5th November 1-2pm.

For more information visit the CHASE website:


The deadline for the Sussex PhD application is December 17th 2021 and the deadline for the CHASE scholarship application including the SHF statement 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


The Stuart Hall Foundation addresses urgent questions of race and inequality in culture and society. It forges creative partnerships in the spirit of Stuart Hall; working towards a racially just and more equal future by:

• Providing scholarships and residencies for students and artists from disenfranchised and underrepresented backgrounds

• Promoting critical thought and understanding through events that foster an intergenerational creative exchange, create new ideas and enrich political debate.

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 deadline has now expired


The award is available to people from these specific countries: