Scholarships and Student Funding

Edinburgh College of Art PhD Scholarships

Edinburgh College of Art is delighted to announce its next round of scholarships to applicants for PhD programmes in our five Schools: School of Art; School of Design; ESALA (Architecture and Landscape Architecture); History of Art; and the Reid School of Music.

Our Schools offer a rich and vibrant postgraduate research community with a broad range of academic research interests. ECA is proud of its world-leading interdisciplinary research, which stretches across and beyond the disciplines of its five Schools covering Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Art, Design, History of Art, and Music.  Interdisciplinarity is essential to cutting edge academic innovation and development, and to addressing complex problems and research questions.

Applications are invited for research projects that take advantage of ECA's interdisciplinary nature, drawing on the leading research expertise across the ECA Schools.  The interdisciplinarity of the research project should be clearly indicated in the project description.  ECA will aim to provide a supervisory team which will consist of at least two supervisors from different Schools which may be within or beyond ECA.  Applicants may indicate potential supervisors in their application.

Scholarship award holders are expected to be energetic members of our postgraduate community, and will have opportunities to present their work to the wider student and staff body during the period covered by their award.  We offer our postgraduates a range of training and development opportunities appropriate to their programme of study.

Available awards

We are offering three interdisciplinary ECA PhD Scholarships, for the sum of £16,000 per year for three years full-time study (for part-time see below), open to new PhD students commencing study in September 2017.

Please note: the award is first used towards meeting the tuition fee costs for the successful balance and for awards where there is any remaining balance this will be paid to the award holder as a stipend.

Eligibility

Applications for full-time and part-time PhD study will be considered. Awards made to part-time students however will be made pro-rata, therefore £8,000 per year over 6 years of prescribed study.

If wishing to commence a new programme of study in September 2017 you must ensure that you have fully completed and submitted your PhD programme application for admission using the University's online system by no later than 25th January 2017.

Scholarship applications from prospective students which are not supported by a fully completed PhD programme application will not be considered for funding.

Application

Eligible applicants should complete an online application

The closing date for applications is 1st February 2017.

Please note you will not be able to access the online application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh.

The online scholarship application form is located in EUCLID and can be accessed via MyEd our web based information portal at https://www.myed.ed.ac.uk

When logging in to MyEd, you will need your University User Name and password. If you require assistance, please go to http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-systems/support-guidance

Selection Procedure

The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) ranking scheme criteria for AHRC PhD Studentships will be used by the ECA Selection Panel.  The Panel will rank the applications in relation to the following criteria:

  • Qualifications OR relevant professional experience
  • Preparedness for research
  • Quality of research proposal
  • Knowledge exchange, public engagement and impact
  • Supervisory fit and nature and level of supervisory support
  • Personal statement

For this award applications will also be ranked in relation to the level of interdisciplinarity of the research proposal and the potential for interdisciplinary supervision.

The ECA Selection Panel will meet in March 2017 to review the scholarship applications. All scholarship applicants will be contacted with the outcome by late March/early April 2017. The successful applicants will be announced on the ECA website at the start of the 2017-18 academic year.  Please note: if successful in obtaining funding from any other University of Edinburgh or Research Council funding source, recipients of the ECA PhD Scholarship may be required to relinquish their ECA PhD Scholarship.

Contact us

Please contact the ECA Postgraduate Office – ecaresearchdegrees@ed.ac.uk – if you have any questions about the application process. 

If you have an academic enquiry please contact the School Postgraduate Research (PGR) Director for the programme you wish to apply for: