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.


The scholarship award provides full tuition fees (Home or Overseas level) with an annual stipend for three years full-time or six years part-time study pro rata. The stipend will be set to the UKRI level for 2024-25. The UKRI level for 2023-24 is currently £18,622 for full-time students, or the pro rata equivalent for part-time students.


Applications are open to new PhD students (Home and Overseas fee status) commencing study in September 2024 (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 2024 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  18th January 2024.

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


Applications are now closed as the 1st February 2024 deadline has passed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Selection Procedure

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

  • Qualifications OR relevant professional experience
  • Quality of research proposal, knowledge exchange, public engagement and impact (including academic impact)
  • Preparedness for research
  • Supervisory expertise and research environment
  • Training needs, plans and provision

This is the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) assessment criteria for AHRC SGSAH PhD Studentships.  The ECA Selection Panel will meet in late March 2024 to review the scholarship applications.  All scholarship applicants will be contacted with the outcome by mid- April 2024.

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: