Funding for MPhil and PhD students
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Potential sources of funding to help you join the RCA’s thriving research community.
With the Government's introduction of the new Doctoral Loan and the continued support available via the Arts and Humanities Research Council, there are more financial support options than ever before. In this section you can find information about both of these funding strands.
London Arts and Humanities Partnership
London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) is an AHRC-funded doctoral training partnership supporting PhD studies in the arts and humanities. LAHP supports all arts and humanities discipline-based projects (including both practice and thesis routes), as well as candidates specialising in interdisciplinary research. Our research and training environment encourages doctoral researchers to develop new methodologies. In addition, our network of partnerships with leading organisations in the cultural sector provides an outstanding resource for future LAHP students. The RCA particularly supports applications in the following AHRC areas: Cultural & Museum Studies, Information & Communications Technology, Art History, Design, Visual Arts, Media, Film Studies, and Ethnography & Anthropology.
Details of the Studentship
LAHP studentships will comprise:
- Home Students: full fees waiver, stipend, access to additional funding opportunities, and a training events programme (for up to three years full-time/six years part-time).
- EU Students: full fee waiver, access to additional funding opportunities, and a training events programme (for up to three years FTE/six years part-time).
Note that successful applicants will be required to submit their project for examination no less than 12 months after their funded period ends.
LAHP applications are open to new students, and existing RCA students.
- New applicants who are NOT yet studying at the RCA: you need to have made your application to study at the RCA by 1 December if you wish to apply for LAHP funding. Please note this application is in addition to an application for the LAHP funding.
- Existing RCA PhD students: Existing students with no less than 50 per cent of their period of study remaining (excluding the continuation/writing-up period), at the start of the AHRC award will need to submit an application directly to LAHP.
Please see www.lahp.ac.uk for further derails.
How to apply
- Applications for funding open in November. Applications open via the LAHP application portal.
- Applicants MUST have submitted an application for PhD study at one LAHP partner institution before the application deadline (please note application deadlines for individual institutions might be different. Please check directly with your own institution).
- Applications for 2023 entry closed on 28 January 2022 at 5pm
- We advise you to read the eligibility criteria carefully on the LAHP website to ensure they meet and understand the requirements.
Find more information on how to apply and submit your application the LAHP website.
Successful applicants who will be awarded a LAHP studentship will be informed in Spring 2023.
In addition to the RCA, partner institutions include King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, Queen Mary University of London, the Royal College of Art, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, the Royal College of Music and the School of Advanced Study (University of London), in formal partnership with the Museum of London, the Metropolitan Police and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships
Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships are allocations of AHRC funded collaborative research studentships made to a museum, library, archive or heritage organisation, or group of such organisations to allocate to collaborative projects that support their work and objectives
Visit www.ahrc-cdp.org for more information on current studentships
The Paul Mellon Centre Scholarships
MPhil Scholarship and PhD Scholarship opportunities as part of the PMC’s ‘New Narratives’ scheme, designed to increase the diversity of perspectives among scholars within the field of British Art History.
RCA and Tate PhD studentship: ‘Idea Transformer: a History of Curatorial Innovation at Tate Modern’.
RCA and Tate are delighted to offer the following Arts and Humanities Research Council fully-funded PhD studentship: ‘Idea Transformer: a History of Curatorial Innovation at Tate Modern’.
The successful candidate will be expected begin the studentship on 1 October 2023 on either a full-time or part-time basis and will be required to spend time at both RCA and Tate Modern, gaining access to resources and services across the two institutions. They will be part of a wider cohort of CDP funded students across the UK.
This PhD studentship will investigate Tate Modern's curatorial models and their histories. We invite proposals that interrogate notions of transhistoricity, transnationality and transmediality through and beyond the evolution of Tate Modern’s collection displays
To apply for this studentship, you must submit an online application to the PhD in Arts & Humanities via the RCA’s admission’s portal by Friday 16 June 2023. Please title your proposal clearly ‘Tate RCA CDA Studentship: Idea Transformer’. For the application process we require a proposal, a portfolio of work and a short video setting out your ideas. Please refer to this link for more information on making an application. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a virtual interview in the week beginning 10 July 2023
The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding
One of the most useful resources to discover funding opportunities is The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding. This is an external resource that the RCA subscribes to and makes available for our students. You can log in with your RCA email or request the pin number from Student Support ([email protected]).
Grants Online is one of the UK's most comprehensive and up to date information resources for grant funding. With nearly 5,000 funding schemes available within the UK, there's a lot of information to keep on top of. Grants Online is a regularly updated source for the latest funding opportunities.
UK Government Doctoral Loan
Students who normally reside in England and study a PHD may be eligible for a Doctoral Loan from Student Finance England.
Doctoral Loan Key Facts:
- A loan of £28,673 is available.
- The loan is paid in termly instalments over the duration of the course (until you submit your thesis).
- For full-time courses you will initially be put on a four-year course, for part-time courses, a seven-year course. If your course length changes, your remaining payments will be rescheduled.
- The loan is not means-tested (i.e. it is not based on your income).
- If you are in receipt of Research Council funding (or will be) you are not eligible for the Doctoral Loan.
- If you already have an equivalent (or higher) level qualification you will not be eligible for the Doctoral Loan. This is regardless of when or in which country the previous qualification was studied.
- If you are not studying the full PHD course, you will not be eligible for the Doctoral Loan.
- If you have previously received a Doctoral Loan (even if the course was not completed) you will not be eligible for another Doctoral Loan except in certain circumstances.
- You will only start to repay this loan from the April after you have left the course or the April 4 years after the course started (whichever is sooner).
- Repayments are 6% of anything earned over £21,000.
- You can apply online at www.gov.uk/doctoral-loan for your Doctoral Loan.
- Applications usually open in June and will take around 4-6 weeks to be processed.
- To find out more visit: www.gov.uk/doctoral-loan
If you reside in Wales, then you can find out more about the funding available to you here:
For more information on how to apply, visit Applying for student finance: PhD
Full-time UK, EU and International students who have completed a Master’s degree at the RCA will be eligible for a £1,000 discount on Research degree tuition fees for up to three years of study. The Research degree must be started within five years of graduation.
Other funding opportunities
We have a number of funding or part-funding opportunities that arise during the year and these will be advertised here and on jobs.ac.uk. For more information, contact the Research office or Student Support office.
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