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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 all students who wish to be funded from September 2021.

EU and International Eligibility for UKRI funded studentships has recently changed, and from the academic year 2021-22 onward both Home and International students are eligible to apply for AHRC CHASE funding.

Applicants must meet the general entry requirements for the PhD programme.

Applicants who are already studying for a doctoral degree may apply, and should discuss this with their supervisor as early as possible. 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.

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

14 December 2020 – Final deadline for Courtauld Research degree applications. 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.

22 January 2020 – Deadline for current PhDs to complete a draft proposal on the CHASE application portal. (now extended to 27 January)

27 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.

14 April 2021 – 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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