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AHRC: CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership

Birkbeck is part of the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-east England (CHASE) Doctoral Training Programme. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), CHASE is offering fully-funded doctoral research studentships across the full range of Birkbeck's arts and humanities research for entry in Autumn 2020.

Eligibility criteria

Studentships are available for full-time or part-time doctoral research, but applicants must be able to meet specific academic and residency eligibility criteria. Further details about eligibility and funding are available on the CHASE website.

Application process

In order to be considered for CHASE funding at Birkbeck, you need to meet two requirements:

  1. Submit an application for entry to an MPhil/PhD programme and be offered a place to study for a PhD here at Birkbeck.
  2. Submit an application for CHASE funding and be considered by our Birkbeck CHASE recruitment and selection process.

It is important that you read the following instructions about the application process.

Step 1. Apply for an MPHIL/PHD PROGRAMMe

  • You will find advice on how to apply for the PhD programme, including finding a supervisor and writing a research proposal, on our online programme page.
  • In order to be considered for CHASE funding you must submit your programme application by Monday 13 January 2020 at the latest.
  • Please note: We strongly encourage you to submit a programme application by 2 December 2019. You should contact the department in which you wish to study as soon as possible to discuss the application process with them - contact details are available below.
  • The earlier you receive an offer of a place on your chosen PhD programme, the earlier you can begin to prepare your application for CHASE funding.
  • If you intend to apply for CHASE funding, please state this in your programme application at the top of your research proposal.

School of Arts application guidance

School of Law application guidance

  • CHASE studentship funding is available for PhD programmes in the following departments:
  • We encourage you to submit your programme application before 2 December 2019, so that we can offer you feedback and guidance. However, we will accept programme applications up to the deadline of Monday 13 January 2020.
  • Contact: Please contact Başak Ertür for further information about the application process.

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy application guidance

Step 2: Submit an application for CHASE funding

  • In order for your CHASE application to be considered, you need to complete an online CHASE application form. The department where your chosen PhD programme is based will need to send you an access code in order for you to access the form.
  • CHASE guidance notes for applicants are available on the CHASE website providing details of what must be included in your application and the selection criteria for CHASE applicants; it is essential that you read these guidelines carefully.

How your CHASE application will be considered at Birkbeck

CHASE DTP studentships are awarded on a competitive basis and we can nominate a limited number of candidates (a maximum of 22 nominees for entry in 2019-20) to be considered by CHASE for entry in Autumn 2020.

In order to identify these nominees, we will follow a three-stage selection process. Selection at all stages will be informed by entry criteria and requirements described in CHASE guidance for applicants, so you must consider those requirements very carefully.

  • Stage 1: Departments will assess the CHASE applications they have received and will identify the strongest candidates to be put forward for consideration by their Schools (all Departments belong to Schools).
  • Stage 2: Each School will assess the CHASE candidates identified at Stage 1 and will agree on a list of the strongest applications.
  • Stage 3: A College panel will then meet to consider CHASE applications identified by Schools and will identify the strongest applications from across the College. These applicants will be nominated by Birkbeck to be put forward for consideration by CHASE.