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 research, which stretches across and beyond the disciplines of its five Schools covering Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Art, Design, History of Art, and Music.  

Applications are invited for research projects that take advantage of the leading research expertise across the ECA Schools.  ECA will aim to provide a supervisory team which will consist of at least two supervisors.  Applicants may indicate potential supervisors in their application.  

Scholarship award holders are expected to be energetic members of our postgraduate community, and engage with 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.


We are offering three ECA PhD Scholarships providing full tuition fees (Home or Overseas level) with an annual stipend of £15,700 per year for three years full-time study or £7,850 per year for six years part-time study,


Applications are open to new PhD students (Home and Overseas fee status) commencing study in September 2022 (full-time and part-time study). On campus and PhD by Distance applicants are eligible to apply.

If wishing to commence a new programme of study in September 2022 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  17th January 2022.

Applicants must have submitted their fully completed PhD programme application in order to be considered for the scholarship.



Applications for the 2022-2023 academic session are no longer being accepted for this scholarship as the 3rd February deadline has now passed.


 Frequently Asked Questions

Selection Procedure

The ECA Selection Panel will score the applications in relation to the following marking criteria:

  • Qualifications OR relevant professional experience
  • Quality of research proposal
  • Preparedness for research
  • Supervisory expertise and research environment
  • Training needs, plans and provision

This is the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) marking criteria for AHRC PhD Studentships.  The ECA Selection Panel will meet in late March 2022 to review the scholarship applications.  All scholarship applicants will be contacted with the outcome by mid  April 2022. The successful applicants will be announced on the ECA website at the start of the 2022-23 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 must relinquish their ECA PhD Scholarship.

Contact us

Please contact the ECA Postgraduate Research Team 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: