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CHASE Studentships in Classical Studies at the Open University

CHASE logoThe Open University is part of the CHASE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (alongside the Courtauld Institute of Art and Goldsmith’s College at the University of London and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex). Successful applicants for PhD study will be able to apply for studentship funding.

What we offer

For UK students, these awards cover both fees and maintenance. For EU residents awards are on a fees only basis. CHASE collaboration offers you to be jointly supervised with any of the other CHASE partners, such as the department of Classical & Archaeological Studies at the University of Kent (Kent Staff Research Interests) as well as other members of the CHASE consortium. Each student is supported by at least two supervisors as well as by a strong programme of university-wide training in research skills. In addition students have the opportunity to participate in a lively research culture and to contribute to seminar programmes, conferences and workshops held in Milton Keynes, London and other Open University national/regional centres.

The funding is also designed to enable professional development opportunities, including public engagement skills and placements with CHASE partner organisations in the UK and overseas. We will provide you with world-leading doctoral training backed by the sharing of best practice in PhD supervision developed in the seven universities of the CHASE consortium and a series of AHRC Collaborative Training Awards. Successful applicants will benefit from a generous studentship package which includes: fully funded attendance at an annual CHASE Consortium conference, funding for your academic development as a scholar, networking opportunities with colleagues in the seven Universities of the Consortium, funding for placements (our external partners include: the British Library, the BBC, BFI, the Tate, and the Victoria and Albert Museum), and funding for the engagement of your research with a wider public outside academia. This is a package designed to provide you (on completion of your PhD) with the skills to become a leading academic in the 21st century.

The Open University offers excellent provision for new PhD students and is highly rated in the national Postgraduate Research Experience Survey; see the prospectus online.

Subject areas

The department’s research covers a wide range of topics and showcases the diversity that Classical Studies has to offer. While we are proud of our success in producing research on traditional literary, archaeological and historical topics, we also play a leading role in shaping new or interdisciplinary fields such as digital classics and reception. The department fosters an ambitious and supportive research environment, and encourages collaborations within the OU and beyond. We have a successful track record in winning external research funding and leading large-scale collaborative research projects like the Classical Reception Studies Network, the Herodotus Hestia project, and the linked open data project Pelagios, which is constituted of over 40 online data partners, including the British Library, Perseus and the German Archaeological Institute. Classical Studies has also established and hosts two international peer-reviewed e-journals: New Voices in Classical Reception Studies, which showcases the work of early career researchers and scholars new to this field, and Practitioners’ Voices in Classical Reception Studies, which provides a forum for anyone involved in creative practices to discuss the relationship between their work and the classical texts, themes and contexts on which they draw.

Applications should be made in the subject areas of Archaeology and/or Classics. We would particularly welcome applications that map onto our research strengths in:

  • Greek and Roman social history, especially ancient medicine and the body
  • Greek epic, lyric and iambic poetry, drama and historiography
  • Roman historiography and epigraphy
  • Spatial Classics, including digital approaches and phenomenology
  • Roman material culture, in particular Etruscan studies and the archaeology of Rome, Italy and the northern provinces
  • Reception studies

For more information, see our Staff page for their respective research interests.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for CHASE funding, you will first need to apply to do a research degree (see how to apply) by the deadline of 10 January 2018. Interviews at Walton Hall for admission to the research degree programme will take place on 19 January 2018.

CHASE applications form a second stage. They will be considered by the Faculty of Arts on a competitive basis and forwarded to four CHASE panels for further assessment and ranking, with the outcome being made known usually in April.

For full details of all subject areas and how the CHASE phase of the application works, please see the CHASE website.


We encourage potential candidates to contact us as soon as possible to discuss their research plans. Informal enquiries should be made in the first instance to the Classical Studies department’s Postgraduate Coordinator, Dr Ursula Rothe (

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