Funding and Support

Staff and students have a range of funding opportunities open to them. The College encourages applications to the AHRC Doctoral Awards scheme and currently has Research Council-funded students within each school. PhD students may be offered part-time teaching, demonstration or research work, for which payment may be made according to the College guidelines to help support them in their studies. MPhil students are eligible for the RCA bursary scheme. For more information, contact the Research Office by email at

Progression Discount

Full-time Home, EU and International students who have completed a Master’s degree at the College will be eligible for a £1,000 discount on tuition fees for up to three years of study, when starting a Research degree within five years of graduation. 

AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) BGP2 (Block Grant Partnership Schemes) Studentships 2014–18

The College is partner in two doctoral research training consortia recently awarded in the Block Grant Partnerships Scheme (BGP2). The first cohort of students will start in October 2014 and four further annual cohorts.

The schemes offer fully-funded studentships for UK candidates and fees-only for EU candidates. 

The application procedure for these awards is in two stages. Candidates must first apply to the College and already have been offered a place to study in one of the six Schools or Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. They are then eligible to apply for the AHRC studentships which are competitive and judged by an RCA selection committee as well as a Consortium Steering Group.

Research student candidates who are applying to undertake research in Fine Art, Humanities and Material are eligible to be considered for AHRC BGP2 studentships in the See Doctoral Training Partnership: TECHNE for more information and how to apply.

Research student candidates who are applying to undertake research in Architecture, Design and Communication are eligible to be considered for AHRC BGP2 studentships in the Centre for Doctoral Training: LDOC – London Doctoral Design Centre. See LDOC – London Doctoral Design Centre for more information and how to apply. 

ArcInTexETN Research Associate: Early Stage Researcher

The School of Material is offering a Early Stage Researcher role exploring new expression of living in an age of technological innovations through the design of adaptive and responsive environments connecting the scales of the body, the interior and the building. Early Stage Researchers will be employed by the RCA and enrolled in the RCA PhD programme, receiving full funding for their doctoral research.

This studentship is only open to EU applicants not resident in the UK. The post is funded for 3 years. Click here for a full job description and application details.

Doctoral Studentships Available in ArcInTexETN Partner Institutions

In addition to this opportunity at the RCA, partner institutions of the doctoral training network ArcInTexETN in Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Sweden are offering fully funded doctoral studentships. See ArcInTexETN Doctoral Training Network for more information.


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