Value: Tuition fees plus stipend of £15,500 per year for three years
Eligibility: Applications are invited from first year applicants for PhD research projects that take advantage of the leading research expertise across ECA. Home and Overseas applicants welcome. Funding for full-time and part-time study (pro rata).


Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) is pleased to announce that it will be offering PhD funding opportunities through the College Research Awards scheme in academic session 2021-22. The scheme is designed to attract the highest quality students applying for PhD study, and ECA is one of nine Schools within the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences offering the award.

Our Schools offer a rich and vibrant postgraduate research community with a broad range of academic research interests. ECA is proud of its world-leading research, which stretches across and beyond the disciplines of its five Schools covering Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Art, Design, History of Art, and Music. 

Applications are invited for research projects that take advantage of the leading research expertise across the ECA Schools.  ECA will aim to provide a supervisory team which will consist of at least two supervisors.  Applicants may indicate potential supervisors in their application.

College Research Award holders are expected to be energetic members of our postgraduate community, and engage with opportunities to present their work to the wider student and staff body during the period covered by their award.  We offer our postgraduates a range of training and development opportunities appropriate to their programme of study.


We are offering two College Research Awards providing full tuition fees (Home or Overseas level) with an annual stipend of £15,500 per year for three years full-time study or £7,750 per year for six years part-time study.


Applications are open to new PhD students (Home and Overseas fee status) commencing in September 2021 (full-time and part-time study).

If wishing to commence a new programme of study in September 2021 you must ensure that you have fully completed and submitted your PhD programme application for admission using the University's online system by no later than 28th January 2021.

Applicants must have submitted their fully completed PhD programme application in order to be considered for scholarship funding.


Eligible applicants should complete an online scholarship application

The scholarship deadline is 23:59 GMT 4th February 2021.

Applications for the College Research Award should be submitted via the University's online scholarship application system by no later than 4th February 20201.  Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

In order to gain access to the scholarship application system applicants must have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh.  Please note that, following the submission of an application for admission, it can take up to five working days for all system checks to be completed and for access to be granted.

The online scholarship application form is located in EUCLID and can be accessed via MyEd our web based information portal at 

When logging in to MyEd, you will need your University User Name and password. If you require assistance, please go to

Please note: the Personal statement for your scholarship application should clearly state why you are applying for this scholarship, why you feel your research proposal best fits with subject area expertise and what benefit the scholarship will have for your research. We are looking for evidence on how the PhD programme fits with your career aspirations, how you plan to take best advantage of the opportunities on offer and we are also looking for your thoughts on how you might contribute to the research community within ECA. Please also consider the selection procedure criteria below.

Selection procedure

The ECA Selection Panel will score the applications in relation to the following marking criteria:

  • Qualifications OR relevant professional experience
  • Quality of research proposal
  • Preparedness for research
  • Supervisory expertise and research environment
  • Training needs, plans and provision

- Read the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) marking criteria for AHRC PhD Studentships (PDF)

The ECA Selection Panel will meet in late March 2021 to review the scholarship applications. All scholarship applicants will be contacted with the outcome by mid April 2021. The successful applicants will be announced on the ECA website at the start of the 2021-22 academic year.  

Please note: if successful in obtaining funding from any other University of Edinburgh or Research Council funding sources, recipients must relinquish their College Research Award.

Contact us

Please contact the ECA Postgraduate Research Team – – if you have any questions about the application process.  

If you have an academic enquiry please contact the relevant School Postgraduate Research (PGR) Director for the programme you wish to apply for: