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The Courtauld Institute of Art is delighted to offer Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding as partners of the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE).

The consortium consists of The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, Birkbeck, and SOAS, University of London, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Sussex, and was formed to promote excellence in research, postgraduate research training and knowledge exchange in the Arts and Humanities.

The consortium aims to:

  • Support world-class researchers in the understanding of human culture and creativity
  • Engage with employers and develop partnerships to encourage creativity and innovation and to secure funding
  • Raise the national and international profile of the universities

CHASE AHRC studentships are open to UK and EU students who meet the residency requirements set out in the Please refer to the UKRI Training Grant Guidance annex B for full eligibility terms. (PDF) and wish to be funded from September 2020.

A full scholarship, including fees and a stipend of £17,009, is offered to those meeting UK residency criteria. EU nationals resident in the EU/EEA are eligible for a fees-only studentship. Overseas students are not normally eligible for AHRC funding. Rates may be subject to change.

New applicants should normally have, or be studying for a Master’s degree. Please note that if successful you may be required to produce evidence of your qualifications at registration.

Applicants who are already studying for a doctoral degree may apply provided that they will be studying for at least one more year full-time or 20 months part-time (excluding the writing up period). A student who has started their doctoral studies on a part-time basis are eligible to convert to full-time status upon receipt of an award.


Residential Eligibility Guidelines for UKRI Funded Studentships
Please note this guidance includes those Students who have been, or will be, recruited to start in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic years.

The legal basis for defining residence eligibility for postgraduate training awards is set down in the UK Government’s Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 2007. Candidates for awards must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom. A relevant connection may be established if:

  • The candidate has been ordinarily resident in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long they can stay, and;

  • has been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the Studentship grant, and;

  • has not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK nationals and EU nationals who were ordinarily resident in the EU immediately before the period of full-time education).

For purposes of residence requirements the UK includes the United Kingdom and Islands (i.e. the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).
There are residence requirements for research council funding for postgraduate research. These are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments.

Please refer to the UKRI Training Grant Guidance annex B for full eligibility terms. (PDF)

Please note that some dates relating to the CHASE application process have yet to be determined. Please check back periodically for updates to the these dates.

You cannot apply for CHASE AHRC funding until your application to the PhD programme at The Courtauld has been considered via the standard Courtauld application process. If your application satisfies our internal selection process, you will be invited to complete a CHASE AHRC application and provided with further instructions and an access code to the application form.

You should discuss the possibility of being put forward for a CHASE AHRC award with your supervisor.

If your application is successfully selected to be put forward to CHASE by our internal selection process you will be asked to complete the CHASE AHRC application by late February 2020 – the exact date will be confirmed when you are invited to start your CHASE application.

If you have any further questions, please contact

Current PhD Students

You should first discuss the prospect of applying for CHASE with your supervisor. With their approval, contact the Admissions team at with your interest in making a CHASE application.

You’ll then be invited to write your CHASE proposal directly on the CHASE portal – we’ll provide a link and password so you can get started straight away. You have until TBC – Late January 2020 to complete a draft proposal on the CHASE portal so that it’ll be accessible to those involved in our internal selection process.

Key dates

Pre-January 2020 – Complete your pre-application as per the How to Apply the page.

13 January 2020 – Final deadline for Courtauld Research degree applications, in line with all other CHASE institutions. Applicants are strongly encouraged to start their application in advance of this deadline, and to have discussed the possibility of being put forward for a CHASE award with their supervisor.

TBC Late-January 2020 – Deadline for current PhDs to complete a draft proposal on the CHASE application portal.

31 January 2020 – Applicants who have been accepted onto the programme and selected for CHASE will be informed shortly after this date, and will then be invited to fill in the online form for their CHASE application.

TBC February 2020 – The deadline for the application, including references and supervisors statement, to be submitted to the Head of the Research Degrees Committee.

TBC April 2020 – The date that applicants put forward to CHASE will be informed of the outcome of their application.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you wish to be considered for an internal Courtauld scholarship, you must make a separate application. If you are successful in securing a CHASE AHRC award, you will not be eligible for an internal scholarship.

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