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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 research@rca.ac.uk.

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 a 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 Art & Humanities 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. 

For 2018 entry, we are also offering LDoc Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) with IBM iX. See  LDoc Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) RCA x IBM for more information and how to apply. 

Design Trust/RCA Fellowship in Design Curation 2018

Applications are invited for the Design Trust/RCA Fellowship in Design Curation. Extensively supported by the Design Trust, this is a one-year opportunity for research, learning and engagement at the Royal College of Art.

Based at the Royal College of Art in London, the Fellow will undertake advanced research into the theory and practice of contemporary design curating. Areas of focus might include: strategies for exhibition-making, display, interpretation and collections; design archives; design curating in the public sphere; and design theory and method as curatorial practice; and history and current practice in design curating.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 2 May 2018.

For full details see Design Trust/RCA Fellowship in Design Curation 2018

PhD Scholarship: Transnational Art Practices and Online Networks in the 21st Century

Collaborate PhD with London Southbank University, Gasworks Studios and The Royal College of Art

This is a three-year funded, full-time PhD scholarship for a collaborative doctorate between the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image in the School of Arts and Creative Industries at London South Bank University, the contemporary art residency organisation Gasworks, and the Curating Contemporary Art Programme at the Royal College of Art. The collaboration has been created to address the three inter-related research areas of the doctoral call: the international art residency, curating, and online networked practices.

For full details see PhD Scholarship: Transnational Art Practices and Online Networks in the 21st Century

CONTACT 

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