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 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. 

PhD Studentship: Artificial Intelligence and Voice

Supported by the TECHNE National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) AHRC Scholarship, the Royal College of Art in partnership with IBM’s iX lab is looking to award a PhD studentship to explore these issues of new communication interactions drawing on a methodology that relies on a combination of art, design and computer science approaches. In this research by practice, coding and predictive practices underpinning all voice systems will be subject to critical enquiry.

Application deadline: Monday 13 August 2018, 4pm 

Interviews: Tuesday 28 August 2018

See PhD Studentship: Artificial Intelligence and Voice for more information and how to apply.


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