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

How to Apply

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 2024 – 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, and work on providing an updated research proposal whilst you supervisor provided us with an updated Supervisor Report Form.

If you are successful in being put forward to CHASE from our internal selection process, we will then provide you with access to the CHASE portal itself.

Key dates

Pre-December 2023 – Complete your pre-application as per the How to Apply the page.

8 January 2024 – Deadline to complete Courtauld PhD programme application

26 January 2024 – Deadline to have filled in all information on CHASE application – changes may be made after this date if required

21 February 2024 – Decisions on CHASE nominations confirmed after this date

4 March 2024 – Final CHASE submission date

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.