Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding opportunities


CHASE Doctoral Training Centre

Goldsmiths is one of seven leading research institutions that are part of CHASE, the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts Southeast England.

CHASE funds up to 75 studentships per year. These studentships cover:

  • Tuition fees each year (in 2016/17 this was £4,121 per year)
  • A maintenance grant each year (in 2016/17 this was £16,296 per year including London weighting) 
  • Research training

There are also professional development opportunities including the enhancement of media skills and placements overseas or with arts organisations. Find out more about CHASE application process

Eligible subject areas

Awards will be available at Goldsmiths for September 2017 entry for MPhil/PhD programmes in the following areas:

  • History
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and International Studies (Diplomacy & International Relations)
  • Theology, Divinity and Religion
  • Archaeology
  • Classics
  • Art History
  • Conservation
  • Visual Art History and Theory
  • Digital Arts & Photography History, Theory and Practice
  • Visual Arts (covering Art Theory & Aesthetics; Community Art including Art and Health)
  • Museum Studies
  • Ethnography and Anthropology
  • Creative Writing
  • Music (Practice-based, composition, musicology)
  • Visual art practice
  • Installation and Sound Art History, Theory and Practice;
  • Film-Based and Time-Based History, Theory, Culture and Practice
  • Media: New Media/Web-Based Studies
  • Media: Film History, Theory and Criticism
  • Media: Television History, Theory and Criticism
  • Information and Communications Technologies
  • Media and communication studies
  • Journalism and Publishing
  • Drama and Theatre Studies Practice
  • Drama and Theatre Studies Theory
  • Languages and Literature: American Studies, Lifewriting, History and Development of English Language, Literary and Cultural Theory, Post-Colonial Studies, Comparative Literature, Medieval Literature, Comparative Studies, Gender and Sexuality
  • English Language and Literature
  • Popular Culture
  • Cultural Studies (Policy, Arts Management and Creative Industries)
  • Interpreting and Translation
  • Linguistics
  • French Studies
  • German Studies (including Dutch and Yiddish)
  • Italian Studies
  • Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin Studies

How to apply

Applications for students starting October 2017 are now closed. Information about 2018 funding will be available in the autumn.

The application process for 2017 was as follows:

  1. Application for a place of study 
    Before applying for a CHASE studentship you must apply to study at Goldsmiths. You can do this by finding the postgraduate programme you're interested in and accessing out online application system by clicking the 'Apply now' button. In line with other CHASE institutions, we will accept applications until 11 January 2017. We encourage you to contact the department of your choice to discuss your proposal before you apply for admission. It's also important that you leave time to consult with your supervisor in preparing the application for funding. 

  2. Application for a CHASE studentship
    Once you have completed your application to Goldsmiths, we will review your application on its merits. 

Applications for CHASE studentships will be considered jointly by the partner universities via four panels. Applications will be considered on a competitive basis.

For further details about CHASE funding visit CHASE funding website.

Eligibility criteria

CHASE AHRC studentships are open to UK and EU students who meet the eligibility and residency requirements set out by CHASE

  • A full scholarship 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 Masters degree. Please note that if successful you may be required to produce evidence of your qualifications at registration.

If you have already started doctoral study, you may still be eligible for an AHRC studentship funding providing that, at the start of the AHRC award, you will have at least 50% of your period of study remaining.

A student who has started their doctoral studies on a part-time basis is eligible to convert to full-time status upon receipt of an award.

Please note
You must apply for a postgraduate place for the specific programme via the standard Goldsmiths application method. This application must be made before a CHASE AHRC studentship application can be submitted. Candidates submitting to the CHASE AHRC application process who have not already applied for a postgraduate place at Goldsmiths will be deemed ineligible.


You must have applied to study at Goldsmiths by 11 January 2017.

Please contact the department you are interested in joining for details of their selection processes and  internal deadlines.

Shortlisted applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in April 2017.

Contact details

If you have any queries please contact the Goldsmiths Graduate School:
+44 (0)20 7919 7774