CHASE AHRC studentship scheme for Arts and Humanities Research (2024)

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 £18,622 for 2023-4). 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 £18,622) 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 as 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 on October 1st 2024, you have completed no more than 18 months full-time equivalent of your PhD.  For example a student who commenced in autumn 2023, will have completed 12 months and so could be awarded 2 years of funding, but a student who commenced in autumn 2022 will have completed 24 months by October 2024 and so would not be eligible.



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.


15 December 2023 12:00

How to apply

1. Choose your PhD degree. You must apply for a PhD in the Arts and Humanities to be eligible for the scholarship. See our PhD degrees.

2. Make contact with your potential supervisor to discuss your research area. See our guide on finding a supervisor.

3. Apply to Sussex using our online application system The deadline for the Sussex PhD application is December 15th 2023 Find out how to apply to Sussex.

4. Indicate on your academic application form IFinance/Funding section) that you intend to apply for a CHASE scholarship.

5. If your application to study at Sussex is approved, we will send you a link to an online application form for the CHASE scholarship.

6. The application must be submitted in full, including your research proposal, supervisor statement and two references (incomplete applications will not be accepted).  The deadline for the CHASE scholarship application is January 26th  2024.

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 workshops:

Masters open day Saturday 25 November (online), 10.30am-2.30pm

PhD open evening Monday 30 October, 4pm to 8pm, on-campus

Chase applicants webinars will be announced here: 

Contact us 

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 20234

- the CHASE management board agrees a final ranked list in April 2024

- successful applicants are informed in late April 2024


The timetable is as follows:

12 midday December 15th  2023- Deadline to apply for a PhD place to study at Sussex

12 midday January 26th 2024 - Deadline for completing the CHASE application form online

February/March 2024: Sussex selects its top 17 candidates and informs applicants whether they have been forwarded to the next stage

Mid-April 2024: Applicants informed of outcome agreed by CHASE consortium panels

Find out more about CHASE



At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
15 December 2023 12:00 (GMT)


The award is available to people from these specific countries: