Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding opportunities


CHASE Doctoral Training Centre

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

CHASE funds more than 56 studentships per year. These studentships cover:

  • Tuition fees each year (this is currently £4,327 per year for full-time study)
  • A maintenance grant each year (this is currently £17,009 per year for full-time study, including London weighting) 
  • Funding for 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 2020 entry for MPhil/PhD programmes in the following areas:

  • History
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Theology, Divinity and Religion
  • Archaeology
  • Classics
  • Political Science and International Studies
  • 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
  • History and Theory of Architecture
  • Cultural Geography
  • Design
  • 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 and Practice
  • Media: New Media/Web-Based Studies
  • Media: Film History, Theory and Criticism
  • Media: Television History, Theory and Criticism Drama and Theatre Studies Practice
  • Information and Communications Technologies
  • Media and communication studies
  • Journalism and Publishing
  • Drama and Theatre Studies Theory
  • Languages and Literature (including American Studies, Life writing, History and Development of English Language, Literary and Cultural Theory, Postcolonial 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 American Studies
  • Asiatic & Oriental Studies Middle Eastern and African Studies
  • Russian, Slavonic and Eastern European Studies
  • Cultural Studies and Popular Culture.

How to apply

The application process for 2020 will be in two stages, 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 our online application system by clicking the 'Apply now' button. In line with other CHASE institutions, we will accept applications until 13 January 2020. We encourage you to contact the department of your choice to discuss your proposal before you apply for admission. You are advised to 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, academic representatives will review your application on its merits. The top-ranked candidates for each Department will be nominated to go forward to a Goldsmiths panel, which will select a shortlist to go forward to the final stage of the process. They will also be advised by their Department to complete a CHASE studentship application online. 

In the final stage of the process, applications for CHASE studentships will then be considered jointly by the partner universities via four panels.

For further details about CHASE funding visit CHASE funding website.

Eligibility criteria

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

  • Full scholarships are available to candidates meeting UK residency criteria
  • EU nationals ordinarily resident in the EU/EEA are eligible for a fees-only studentship
  • Overseas students are not normally eligible for AHRC funding

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 permitted 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 13 January 2020.

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 2020.

Contact details

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