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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 offers fully funded doctoral research studentships across the entire range of Birkbeck's arts and humanities research for entry in Autumn 2021.

Applications for entry in Autumn 2021 are now open. 

Funding provided

Studentships are available for full-time or part-time doctoral research. 

Successful students will be awarded a studentship which provides your tuition fees paid in full and a tax-free stipend for your living costs. If you have a disability you may be entitled to a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) on top of your studentship. 

You will also have access to support funding to cover the costs of your research and professional development, whether that’s field trips or sharing your work at conferences, for example. You can also access specially designed training courses to help you develop your research skills, and undertake placement projects with partner organisations.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be able to meet the entry criteria for their chosen PhD programme. EU and International Eligibility for UKRI funded studentships has recently changed and for academic year 2021-22 onwards both Home and International students are eligible to apply for AHRC CHASE funding. 

Further details about eligibility and funding are available on the CHASE website.

Please note: A maximum of 30% of studentships can be awarded to international students each year.

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

  • In order to be considered for CHASE funding, you must submit your programme application by Monday 11 January 2021 at the latest.
  • 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.
  • Please note: We strongly encourage you to submit a programme application as soon as you can. It is recommended that you submit your programme application by 14 December 2020, and 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.
  • When you submit your programme application, please state that you intend to apply for CHASE funding 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:
  • Contact: Please contact  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 a code in order for you to access the CHASE online portal - access will be provided once you have been offered a place on an MPhil/PhD programme.
  • Your online CHASE application form will be the basis for shortlisting at Stages 1 to 3 outlined in the following section.
  • CHASE applications will be assessed on the basis of your research proposal (50%), your preparedness for research (25%) and the suitability of research environment (25%). Competitive applications need to be strong in all these areas and the panel will expect to see evidence of this from candidates, referees and potential supervisors in each application. 
  • 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.
  • The preparedness for research section includes an optional widening participation statement which candidates can use to provide context on aspects of their preparedness and on their motivation to undertake doctoral study. Assessors will consider information provided in the widening participation statement alongside other answers in the preparedness for research section. CHASE invite widening participation statements from candidates who are from any under-represented groups, including people with disabilities, ethnic minorities (especially Black British), lower income families and mature students.

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 17 nominees were allowed for entry in 2020-21) to be considered by CHASE for entry in Autumn 2021.

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.

CHASE competition outcomes

CHASE will notify successful candidates of outcomes on 14 April 2021.