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AHRC Funded Studentships at Birkbeck

AHRC PhD Studentships at Birkbeck

Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE)

Fully-funded AHRC CHASE PhD studentships are available across the full range of Arts and Humanities research at Birkbeck. Birkbeck is a research-intensive university based in central London.

Further information and how to apply

Information about potential research areas and how to apply is available here. Applications must be received by Monday 11 January 2021. Please note, we encourage you to submit your PhD programme application as soon as possible in advance of this deadline, so that we can offer you feedback and guidance about the process.


AHRC CHASE studentship funding is available for doctoral research in the following Birkbeck departments:


  • Cultures & Languages
  • English & Humanities
  • Film, Media & Cultural Studies
  • History of Art


  • Law
  • Criminology

Social Science, History and Philosophy

  • Applied Linguistics & Communication
  • Geography, Environment & Development Studies
  • History, Classics & Archaeology
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychosocial Studies
AHRC Funded Studentships at Birkbeck

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.

Research areas

Applicants may apply for AHRC CHASE studentships in the following areas:

History, Thought and Systems of Belief

History; Law and Legal Studies; Philosophy; Theology, Divinity and Religion; Archaeology; Classics; Political Science and International Studies

Art History and Visual Cultures

Art History; Conservation; Visual Art History and Theory; Digital Arts & Photography History, Theory and Practice; Visual Arts (covering Art Theory & Aesthetics; Community Art and Health); Museum Studies; Ethnography and Anthropology; History and Theory of Architecture; Cultural Geography

Media and Creative Practice

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;

Literature, Language and Culture

Drama and Theatre Studies Theory; Languages and Literature (including American Studies, Life writing, 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 (including general linguistics, Applied Linguistics, multilingualism); 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

Research with impact

  • Join a community of over 700 Birkbeck research students. Our vibrant and intellectually challenging research environment is built upon 200 years of research excellence.
  • Benefit from the support of your supervisor, department and the Birkbeck Graduate Research School (BGRS) with access to training and professional development aimed specifically at PhD researchers.

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