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£17m boost for arts and humanities research at seven universities in the South East

Students applying for arts and humanities doctorates at seven institutions across the South East of England will share in a £17m funding award announced by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The funding is being awarded to CHASE (Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England) – a partnership of seven institutions including the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths at the University of London, and the Open University.

The successful CHASE bid, coordinated by the University of Sussex, was one of 18 successful bids out of 30 shortlisted to be awarded funding from the AHRC.

More than 230 doctoral students across the seven institutions stand to benefit from the award, over five years. The funding will cover fees, maintenance and professional development opportunities, including the enhancement of media skills and placements overseas or with prestigious arts organisations.

Applications from prospective students will be considered on a competitive basis jointly by the partner universities via four panels. The funding opportunity will be advertised on partnership university web sites and on the CHASE web site in November 2013.

Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC, said: “This is an important step forward in delivering the best possible training and support for postgraduate students in the arts and humanities, and in developing a collaborative approach which pools expertise and expands horizons for postgraduate researchers.”