Students applying for arts and humanities doctorates at The Courtauld Institute of Art and six other partner institutions across the South East will share in a £17m funding award, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) announced on 15 October 2013.


The funding was awarded to CHASE (Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England) – a partnership of seven institutions (The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex) formed to promote excellence in research, postgraduate research training and knowledge exchange in the arts and humanities.


The successful CHASE bid, coordinated by the University of Sussex, was one of 18 successful bids out of 30 shortlisted to be awarded funding from the AHRC.  More than 230 students across the seven institutions stand to benefit from the award, over five years.  The funding will cover fees, maintenance and professional development opportunities, including the enhancement of media skills and placements overseas or with prestigious arts organisations.


The £17m will fund doctoral students who apply successfully to the members of the CHASE consortium.  Applications will be considered jointly by the partner universities via four panels. Applications will be considered on a competitive basis.  The funding opportunity will be advertised to prospective students on partnership university websites and on the CHASE website in November 2013.


Professor Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director of The Courtauld Institute of Art, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the CHASE bid has been successful.  This funding recognises the research excellence of The Courtauld and of our partner institutions and will be of enormous benefit to future research students.  Warm congratulations to colleagues on their hard work in securing this award.”


Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC, said: “This is an important step forward in delivering the best possible training and support for postgraduate students in the arts and humanities, and in developing a collaborative approach which pools expertise and expands horizons for postgraduate researchers.”


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