Scholarships and Student Funding

John L Paterson Postgraduate Design Scholarship

The School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) is delighted to announce the John L Paterson PG Design Scholarship. This is open to applicants for the PG taught programme: MA Design for Change. The ECA offers a rich and vibrant postgraduate community with a broad range of postgraduate programmes and academic research interests.


One scholarship of £8,000 tenable for one academic year and will be deducted from your tuition fee with any remaining funds being awarded towards living costs.

Please note: if successful in obtaining full funding from any other University of Edinburgh or Research Council funding sources, recipients must relinquish their John L Paterson PG Design Scholarship.


The scholarship award is available to applicants with UK/Overseas status who apply for admission to the postgraduate taught MA Design for Change programme commencing in the 2024-2025 academic year.

Applications for full-time study only will be considered.

Please note: Applicants to other Postgraduate Masters programmes and Postgraduate Research programmes are not eligible for the John L Paterson PG Design Scholarship.

All scholarship award holders are expected to be energetic members of our postgraduate community, and will 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.

If wishing to commence a new PG programme of study in September 2024 you must ensure that you have fully completed and submitted your PG programme application for admission using the University's online system by no later than 11th March 2024

Scholarship applications from prospective students which are not supported by a fully completed PG programme application and not submitted by the deadlines above will not be considered for funding.


Applications for 2024-2025 are now closed as 18th March 2024 deadline has passed.

Selection Procedure

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, the equivalent of a UK first class or 2:1 Honours degree at undergraduate level.

All scholarship applicants will be contacted with the outcome by the end of June 2024.

Contact us

Please contact the ECA Postgraduate Team  if you have any questions about the scholarship application process.

If you have a programme enquiry please contact the Design administration team

If you have an academic enquiry please contact the School of Design Postgraduate Director or Programme Director of the programme you wish to apply for:

Postgraduate Director – Dr Jessamy Kelly

MA Design for Change Programme Director –  Dr Rachel Harkness