Scholarships and Student Funding

Edinburgh College of Art PhD Interdisciplinary Scholarship

Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) is delighted to announce its next round of scholarships to applicants for PhD research 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.


We are offering one ECA PhD Interdisciplinary Scholarship, 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 2019.

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


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. Applications will be considered in relation to the level of interdisciplinary of the research proposal and the potential for interdisciplinary supervision.

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.


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 2019 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 2019.

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


Applications for this scholarship are no longer being accepted for 2019-2020 as the 1st February deadline has now passed.

Selection Procedure

Applications will be ranked in relation to the level of interdisciplinarity of the research proposal and the potential for interdisciplinary supervision.

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

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

This is the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) marking criteria for AHRC PhD Studentships.   For further information on the marking criteria see the SGSAH guidance (pages 39-45)

The ECA Selection Panel will meet in March 2019 to review the scholarship applications.  All scholarship applicants will be contacted with the outcome by late March 2019. The successful applicants will be announced on the ECA website at the start of the 2019-20 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 Office – – 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: