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.
How to apply
There is a two-stage application process for CHASE studentship funding:
1. Application for a place to study for a PhD at UEA. In this phase applicants should confirm the proposed supervisory team and agree the research proposal. The deadline for PhD applications is midday on Monday 13 January 2020.
2. Application for studentship funding. With the supervisor’s agreement, a CHASE funding application may be submitted for consideration for studentship funding by the UEA panels, and, if nominated by UEA, the CHASE panels. The deadline for the submission of funding applications is midday on Monday 20 January 2020.
(1) The PhD application
Applications for a place to study for a PhD at UEA for entry in October 2020 should be submitted by the deadline of midday on Monday 13 January 2020.
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
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 email@example.com.
CHASE funding application enquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.