Stuart Hall Foundation CHASE AHRC studentships for BAME Arts and Humanities Researchers (2024)

Sussex is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Stuart Hall Foundation (SHF) to support a Black British student to undertake doctoral research in in any aspect of arts, humanities or social sciences at Sussex. As well as the usual benefits of a studentship funding , 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 up to 4 years of UK PhD fees a tax free maintenance allowance at UK Research Council rates (currently £18,622 for 2023/24) and some research and training costs.

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 1st October 2024 when the studentship commences.



Number of scholarships available

2 Stuart Hall Foundation scholarships will be available.



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).  Ensure that you complete task 7: Stuart Hall Foundation studentship statement. Please 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 

 The deadline for the CHASE scholarship application is January 26th  2024.

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



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 deadline has now expired


The award is available to people from the following country: