External Funding for PhD Students

The Royal College of Art leads an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Centre for Doctoral Training (LDoc) and is a member of an AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (TECHNE), both of which each offer full-time and part-time fully-funded AHRC PhD studentships across a wide range of arts and humanities disciplines. These awards are open to both incoming and continuing research students eligible for AHRC funding.


LDoc, the London Doctoral Design Centre, is an AHRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training based on collaboration between the Royal College of Art, Kingston University and the University of Arts London. The Centre offers both full-time and part-time AHRC-funded PhD studentships and enhanced doctoral training with a focus on practice-led Design research. 

For further details see LDOC – London Doctoral Design Centre.


TECHNE is an AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership between Royal Holloway University of London, University of Brighton, Kingston University, University of Roehampton, University of Surrey, the University of the Arts London and the Royal College of Art. In addition to fully-funded studentships for disciplines such as History, Philosophy, Languages and Literature, Visual and Performing Arts, the Partnership offers rigorous Arts and Humanities training. TECHNE emphasises interdisciplinarity and engagement with organisations in the arts and cultural sector. 

For further details see Doctoral Training Partnership: TECHNE.


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Close-up of a student project
Student Work, 2015
Photographer: Richard Haughton