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The Faculty of Arts and Humanities invites applications each year for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded doctoral studentships as partners in the CHASE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership:

Across the CHASE Consortium up to 75 studentships will be awarded in 2018. 

CHASE Collaborative Doctoral Awards

The University of East Anglia is pleased to be able to offer the following two Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship opportunities funded by the CHASE doctoral training partnership:

Literary East Anglia, 1680-1830

The School of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Norfolk Record Office (NRO), welcomes applicants for a CHASE Collaborative Doctoral Award studentship exploring the literary cultures of East Anglia between 1680 and 1830. East Anglia produced some of the most famous writers of the long eighteenth century, including William Cowper, George Crabbe, and Amelia Opie. A host of other fascinating writers also worked in the region, including the author of children’s books Ellenor Fenn, the antiquarian John Fenn, and the satirist Richard Gardiner.

This PhD studentship is an opportunity to use the rich resources of the Norfolk Record Office and other libraries and archives to investigate how local communities of writers, readers, and publishers fostered a distinctive literary culture in East Anglia over the long eighteenth century. Prospective candidates are encouraged to define their own approach to the broad topic of “Literary East Anglia, 1680-1830” in their proposal. Potential areas of investigation may include abolitionist writers and dissenting churches, antiquarians and their social networks, and poetry and the East Anglian landscape.

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Beautiful Fragments: Medieval Glass, Ceramics, Leather, and Metalwork from the Museum of London

Is a broken artwork useless? What can only a fragment of something tell us about the medieval past? This PhD research will examine the role of the fragment in understanding the art and visual culture of the later Middle Ages (c.1000-1500), drawing principally on the Museum of London’s vast medieval collections of glass, ceramics, leather, and metalwork. These carefully crafted objects offer an encyclopaedic reservoir of medieval material culture, however their incomplete nature mean they have often been overlooked by art historians.

The project will offer the award-holder the skills training, close research supervision, and privileged collections access needed to re-evaluate these fragmentary objects and their value to medieval art history, contributing to a greater understanding of the Museum’s medieval collections prior to their major redisplay in 2023.

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For eligibility criteria and application information, please see the following Guidance Information:

CDA 2018 Guidance Information (PDF, 507 KB)

The application deadline is 7 May 2018.

Faculty Studentships

The Faculty will also offer a number of University-funded PhD studentships to students from within or outside the EU.  

Areas of study:

The AHRC studentships are available to UK and EU residents: for UK residents awards consist of fees and a tax-free maintenance stipend (currently £14,553 per year); for EU residents awards are on a fees-only basis. In addition, a research training support grant will cover professional development opportunities, including the enhancement of public engagement skills and placements with CHASE partner organisations in the UK and overseas.

The majority of the University studentships cover tuition fees at UK/EU rates, a tax-free maintenance stipend (currently £14,553 per year), and a research training support grant. Up to two university studentships will be awarded to International students from outside the EU and will cover tuition fees at international rates, a maintenance stipend and research training support grant.

This application round is now closed.

More information and details of how to apply can be found at:

Alternatively please contact the Graduate School Office - email:
tel: (01603) 591709.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.

CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

Our intellectual environment fosters the problem-driven and cross- and interdisciplinary research vital to addressing the new challenges of a world shaped by the speed of technological innovation and global change. Understanding and promoting the value of human culture and creativity in addressing such challenges is central to the CHASE vision of postgraduate research and professional development.

We support discipline-based projects, but also specialise in interdisciplinary research and research in emerging fields of study and creative practice. Our research and training environment encourages our doctoral students to develop interdisciplinary methodologies and to explore how to integrate their research with developments in digital technologies. In addition, our network of partnerships with leading arts and humanities organisations and creative industries provides an outstanding resource for future CHASE scholars.

The CHASE DTP awarded up to 75 studentships for entry in October 2018 open to UK and EU applicants. UK resident awards consist of fees and a tax-free maintenance stipend and EU resident awards are a fees-only award.

CHASE welcomes applications for full and part-time modes of study as well as cross-institutional supervision arrangements across the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership. Please discuss these options with your prospective supervisor and/or School PGR Director.

In addition, a research training support grant will cover professional development opportunities, including the enhancement of public engagement skills and placements with CHASE partner organisations in the UK and overseas.


ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

SeNSS - South East Network for Social SciencesESRC - Economic & Social Research Council


The South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), a social sciences focused research and doctoral training partnership (DTP) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), enables doctoral students to build strong relationships with both academic, user, and practitioner networks at a number of different levels. The consortium already contains over 200 existing partnerships with external organizations and opportunities to engage with these organizations embedded in the design of its various training pathways and cohort development activities. UEA's doctoral students will also be able to access excellent research, transferable skills, and advanced training, provisioned in their home institution and across the other nine consortium institutions (which include the Universities of Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Reading, Royal Holloway, Goldsmiths College, Roehampton, & City University).

As a member of SeNSS, UEA will be offering fully-funded doctoral studentships over the next six years across 12 different training pathways.

For further information about ESRC SeNSS studentships please visit

For queries related to SeNSS please contact the PGR Service via


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Further Information

Please contact the Graduate School Office.

Email: or phone (01603) 591709