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AHRC PhD Studentships and Faculty-Funded Studentships in the Arts and Humanities

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AHRC CHASE PhD Studentships

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to offer Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding through the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE). CHASE is matching AHRC funding of £17m and will be awarding more than 375 AHRC-studentships over a five-year period. Up to 75 studentships (part-time or full-time) are available across the consortium for October 2016 entry.

CHASE AHRC studentships are available to UK and EU residents at the Open University in the Faculty's subject areas. These include:

Art History
Classical Studies
English (including Creative Writing)
Religious Studies

We particularly welcome proposals that integrate subject-based or interdisciplinary enquiry in the Arts and Humanities with the latest digital humanities methodologies and technologies, or develop new research in this area.

Awards for UK residents include fees and stipend, while EU residents are eligible for fees only.

Faculty-funded Studentships

The university also has a number of faculty-funded studentships (fees and stipend at RCUK rates) for part-time and full-time students. All applicants will be considered for any available funding.

Doctoral Study in Arts and Humanities at The Open University

The Faculty of Arts is internationally recognized for innovative research across its subject areas, including the study of literary, philosophical and visual texts and their reception; the historical investigation of policing, science and religion; and the exploration of performance in music and drama. Much work is focused on the United Kingdom (with strong interests in the national histories and cultures of Ireland, Scotland and Wales) but there is also considerable expertise relating to Europe, Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

Several major AHRC- and ESRC-funded projects are based in the Faculty. We have a strong vision for developing successful interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, and a commitment to ensuring that our research informs teaching and exchange with cultural and heritage partners.

Further Information

Please see the Faculty's Research Areas and Academic Profiles for more information about staff research interests and current PhD projects: 

Applications are through the standard Open University form in the first instance. For further particulars, please see For advice on applying contact the Research Degrees Team at +44 (0)1908 654882 or [email protected]

Closing date: 13 January 2016
Equal Opportunity is University Policy.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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