Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding opportunities

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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.


CHASE funds more than 56 studentships per year. These studentships cover: Tuition fees each year (this is currently £4,407 per year for full-time study) A maintenance grant each year (this is currently £17,285 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.

Year of entry


Eligibility criteria

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.

UKRI has announced that international students will be eligible for all UKRI-funded postgraduate studentships from the start of the 2021/22 academic year. The award will cover a stipend to support living costs (£17,285 for 2020/21) and fees at the home level (£4,407 for 2020/21.) The proportion of international students appointed will be limited to 30 per cent of the total.

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.

Application deadlines

You must have applied to study at Goldsmiths by 11 January 2021.

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 2021.

How to apply

The application process 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, applicants must have applied for a place at Goldsmiths by 11 January 2021. However, some departments will have earlier deadlines for applicants who wish to be considered for funding. 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.

Contact details

If you have any queries please contact the Goldsmiths Graduate School:

Goldsmiths scholarships and bursaries regulations can be found here.