CHASE AHRC studentships CHASE AHRC studentships

UEA is seeking talented applicants from all backgrounds wishing to undertake PhD research across the arts and humanities. Full- and part-time applications are equally welcomed. 

The University of East Anglia is a proud member of the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-east England (CHASE). CHASE is one of only ten consortia to have won funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support PhD studentships over five cohorts of students from 2019 to 2023, and it brings UEA together with seven other leading institutions engaged in collaborative research activities. 

Students at CHASE member institutes benefit from a fantastic range of advanced research skills training, transferable and essential research skills training, student conferences and networking events, and placements with a range of prestigious institutes and companies. 

CHASE students at UEA will benefit from being an integral part of a vibrant, diverse, and deeply interdisciplinary research culture that is internationally recognised for its research excellence, and a well-established, highly active Graduate School.

Collaborative Doctoral Awards

CHASE Collaborative Doctoral Awards are developed by academic supervisors in close collaboration with non-academic partners.They offer a fantastic opportunity for students to experience research outside the walls of academia, to gain skills for the workplace, and to forge links with potential employers and collaborators from the very outset of the PhD, as well as to pursue a programme of PhD research at the forefront of their field.

The University of East Anglia is delighted to be inviting applications to the following CHASE AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards in our School of History. Both carry full AHRC studentship funding for eligible candidates.

The application deadline is midday on 1 June 2020.

Continental influence on English coinage, 1154-1216

Main supervisor: Prof Stephen Church

Offered in collaboration with the British Museum.

We are also pleased to be offering a second AHRC studentship in this area, funded by the British Museum through the AHRC's Collaborative Doctoral Partnership: "Coinage and royal administration in early twelfth-century England, c1135-1154"

Settlement change & climatic fluctuations in the East Anglian Breckland c.1000BC-1600AD

Main supervisor: Prof Tom Williamson

Offered in collaboration with Norfolk County Council.

Applying for a Collaborative Doctoral Award

Applications for Collaborative Doctoral Awards should be made direct to the University of East Anglia using our online application form, before the deadline of midday on 1 June. If you wish to be considered for more than one project, you must submit one application per project. You will need to provide: a CV, supporting statement, copies of your academic qualifications (certificates, transcripts), and the details of two referees.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed during the month of June.

Application, eligibility, and other non-academic enquiries should be sent to Applicants are encouraged to contact supervisors to discuss the studentship project(s) in detail before applying.


How to apply - main CHASE competition

The deadline for the main CHASE studentship competition has now passed. Applications will open again in the autumn of 2020; in the meantime, enquiries are welcomed and should be addressed to potential supervisors, or for non-academic enquiries, to

We welcome applications from students with their own funding all year - please enquire for further information.

(1) The PhD application

Applicants should make contact with prospective supervisors and/or School Postgraduate Research (PGR) Directors during the autumn of 2019 in order to discuss their proposed research (see below for contact details). 

Applicants should read and adhere to any guidance associated with the PhD they are applying for (typically found on the relevant School web pages). 

The online application form and associated guidance notes can be found on the UEA website

All applicants who have applied by the deadline above will be considered for Faculty of Arts and Humanities studentship funding. However, eligible candidates who have the support of their supervisor and who wish to be considered for CHASE studentship funding must submit a separate funding application (see below).

Schools of study and CHASE academic contacts

School of ArtMedia, and American StudiesDr Karina Aveyard

School of HistoryDr Matthew D'Auria

School of Literature, Drama and Creative WritingDr Matthew Taunton

School of PoliticsPhilosophyLanguage and CommunicationDr Simon Curtis

Current PhD students 

Current PhD students can apply for funding if at least 50% of the period of study will be remaining at 1 October 2020. For example, a student registered on a three-year PhD must have started the degree on or after 1 April 2019. This date will be different for students studying part-time, or who have interrupted their studies at any point. 

Current students who are eligible for CHASE funding (usually UK or EU students who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the three years up to 1 October 2020) should discuss their application with their supervisor and then submit a funding application as below. 

Current students who are not eligible for CHASE funding can apply for funding from UEA’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and should email the Graduate School for information about the application process. 

(2) The CHASE funding application

If the supervisor agrees to support an application for CHASE funding, a link to the funding application form will be sent to the applicant by email. 

In order to be considered for CHASE studentship funding for October 2020, applicants must submit a full, separate funding application by the deadline of midday on Monday 20 January 2020

Applicants should be aware that it is their responsibility to ensure that the funding application, including references and the statement from their supervisor are submitted by the deadline. 

The funding application is somewhat different to the PhD application, being written for panels composed mainly of non-experts, and with different sections to the PhD application form. Applicants should complete the funding application in consultation with their proposed supervisor(s), and are urged to refer closely to the guidance on the CHASE website, and the ‘guidance for applicants’ document, which not only provides information about the selection process and assessment criteria, but also provides very useful advice on how to structure the research proposal. 

Nomination of candidates for CHASE funding 
After the deadline for funding applications, the relevant UEA Schools of study will each produce ranked lists of candidates for consideration by the Faculty Studentship Panel. The Faculty panel will produce a final ranked list of candidates for studentship funding, to include the candidates they wish to nominate for CHASE funding. 

The CHASE selection process 
If you are nominated by UEA for CHASE funding, then your funding application will be submitted to CHASE for consideration by the CHASE selection panels, who will rank nominations from across the consortium in the second half of March 2020, and make their recommendations to the CHASE Management Board. 

Nominated candidates should expect to hear the outcome of their CHASE funding application on 7 April 2020. 


General application enquiries should be directed to  

CHASE funding application enquiries should be directed to