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Scholarship recipients

The College believes it is vital to provide visible pathways of access to study across our programmes for those suffering financial hardship and for those from under-represented groups.

In 2021, the RCA gave £500,000 from its own operating surplus to be assigned to support fees for individuals from under-represented communities, prioritising Black and African diaspora British applicants and/or including those facing significant financial hardship. Information about the student support fund for the 2022/23 academic year will be released soon.

Alongside this, through the support of generous individuals, charitable trusts and foundations and corporate supporters, the RCA is proud to offer a number of named scholarships. Availability of named scholarships is limited and almost all are restricted to certain MA programmes. Please see below the list of available scholarships*.

The majority of named scholarships are offered in the first round of MA programme applications. We strongly recommend you apply for your course by the first application round deadline of 1 December 2021 in order to be considered for a scholarship.

Awarding of funding

Eligible students for RCA student support funding and named scholarships will be identified from submitted applications received in the first application round. They will then be contacted by the College asking them to submit an application for identified funding opportunities.

Scholarships are awarded based on the following criteria:

  • the strength of your RCA application (initial shortlisting)
  • financial need (scholarship application)
  • specific named scholarship criteria or fee status
  • motivation and potential for leadership (scholarship application); and
  • portfolio strength.

Eligibility

Students must hold an offer to study on a full-time taught master’s degree at the RCA.

Important information

  • Scholarships are awarded for a specific programme and entry point and cannot be deferred without consent from the academic programme and scholarships panel.
  • No correspondence will be entered into regarding the reasons for their decision.
  • No appeal is allowed, as once scholarships are awarded, all available funds have been committed.
  • If successful, the scholarship recipient must meet the terms and conditions of the award in order to continue to receive the scholarship for the duration of the study.
  • Students will need to demonstrate financial need at the time of applying for scholarships looking to provide support to students experiencing financial hardship.
  • Scholarship recipients will be required to sign a scholarship agreement upon selection to confirm their funding.

Additional Support

Scholarships are extremely competitive and limited in number, so we recommend you also look into external funding options too and apply for other sources of funding available.

Find out more

For more information, please contact the Scholarships & Awards team in the Student Support office: scholarships@rca.ac.uk.

RCA Open Days provide an opportunity to hear more about funding. Visit Open Days to find out when the next Open Day is and how to register to attend.

Named scholarships for 2022/23 entry

Eligible programmes: Intelligent Mobility MA only
Eligible fee status: Any
Value: Up to four full-fee scholarships plus a maintenance grant per scholar of circa £2,000

Eligible programmes: Textiles MA only
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: One full tuition fee scholarship with scholar plus a maintenance grant of £1,500

Eligible programme: Fashion MA
Eligible fee status:
 Any fee status
Value: Two bursaries of £4,000

Eligible programme: MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering
Eligible fee status:
 UK fee status only, enrolled full time and demonstrating financial need
Value: £10,000

Eligible programme: MA Visual Communication
Eligible fee status:
 UK fee status only, enrolled full time and demonstrating financial need
Value: £10,000

Eligible programmes: Painting MA
Eligible fee status: Home students only; second-year student working primarily on canvas
Value: One full tuition fee scholarship

Eligible programmes: Architecture MA, Design Products MA, Digital Direction MA, Fashion MA, Information Experience Design MA, Innovation Design Engineering MA, Interior Design MA, Jewellery & Metal MA, Photography MA, Print MA, Textiles MA, Visual Communications MA
Eligible fee status: Home students only. Preference is given to UK students from Yorkshire and students in financial hardship.
Value: Seven full-fee scholarships

Eligible programmes: Ceramics & Glass MA
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: One full tuition fee scholarship

Eligible programmes: Textiles MA
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: Eight tuition fee bursaries of £3,000

Eligible programmes: Ceramics & Glass MA
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: One full tuition fee scholarship

Eligible programmes: Jewellery & Metal MA
Eligible fee status: Home fee students only
Value: One full tuition fee scholarship

Eligible programmes: Ceramics & Glass MA
Eligible fee status: Home fee students only; second-year students only
Value: Two tuition fee bursaries of £3,000

Eligible programmes: Textiles MA
Eligible fee status: Home fee students only
Value: One full tuition fee scholarship

Eligible programme: All programmes
Eligible fee status:
 UK fee status only, enrolled full time and and demonstrating financial need. Preference for student of Scottish origin.
Value: £10,000

Eligible programmes: Innovation Design Engineering MA/MSc
Eligible fee status: Home fee students only and demonstrating financial need
Value: £10,000

Eligible programmes: Architecture MA
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: Two tuition fee bursaries of £5,000

Eligible programmes: Sculpture MA, Painting MA, Print MA, Contemporary Art Practice MA, Photography MA
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: Five full tuition fee scholarships 

Eligible programme: MA Fashion
Eligible fee status:
 UK fee status only, enrolled full time and demonstrating financial need
Value: £10,000

Eligible programmes: Service Design MA only
Eligible fee status: International students only
Value: One full tuition fee scholarship plus a living cost stipend of £12,000

Eligible programme: MA Textiles
Eligible fee status:
 UK fee status only, enrolled full time and demonstrating financial need
Value: £10,000

Eligible programmes: Painting MA
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: One full tuition fee scholarship 

Eligible programmes: Painting MA, Sculpture MA
Eligible fee status: Home students only, and identify as having one of the following ethnicities: Black or Black British; Mixed - White & Black African; Mixed -White and Black Caribbean; or Other Mixed or Black background.
Value: Two full fee scholarships with circa £10,000 per annum maintenance support provided to each scholar

Eligible programmes: Any
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: Up to 16 full fee scholarships to support students from underrepresented communities

Eligible programmes: Print MA, Photography MA, Sculpture MA, Painting MA, Contemporary Art Practice MA
Eligible fee status: Any fee status
Value: One part-fee scholarship of £5,000 per year

Eligible programmes: Textiles MA
Eligible fee status: Any fee status
Value: One full fee scholarships

Eligible programmes: Fashion MA only
Eligible fee status: Any fee status
Value: One full fee scholarships

Eligible programme: MA Ceramics & Glass only
Eligible fee status:
UK fee status only, enrolled full time and demonstrating financial need
Value: £10,000

Eligible programme: PhD Design

Supervisory Team: Freddie Robins, Lynn Tandler, Anne Toomey, Elaine Igoe

About the project

The aim of this project is to develop innovative new pathways for the textile-led social development work of Susi Dunsmore. Dunsmore’s textile practice-led approach to community development was holistic in its understanding of the place of the nettle plant in the local environment and culture.

The Nepalese Giant Nettle provides one of the longest bast fibres in the world and is traditionally used in weaving and knitting by the women of communities in the mountainous region of East Nepal. Woven, knitted and other constructed textile products provide supplementary income to subsistence farming. Susi Dunsmore worked with these textile makers and introduced new weave and knit structures, fibre blends and product types to improve income generation through textile making.

Dunsmore’s approach to social impact through co-design integrated an understanding and respect for the lives of the female makers. Her work provides a model for social impact projects through textile making. This research project will simultaneously model and extend Dunsmore’s approach addressing urgent and contemporary production concerns.

The successful candidate will be expected to;

  • Map and analyse Susi Dunsmore’s successful textile practice-led community development projects for women in East Nepal.
  • Employ appropriate and diverse research methods/methodologies including ethnography to understand the legacy and significance of existing textile practices in the region.
  • Use practice-led research methods to develop new and innovative applications for Allo (Nepalese Giant Nettle)
  • Apply a research methodology that supports responsible, ethical and globally inclusive and decolonising design practices.

This funding is for a full time PhD candidate based in the School of Design, applicants will start in September 2022 (in exceptional circumstances, part time study may be considered). Applicants will need to evidence skills or past experience that will demonstrate their ability to deliver the project objectives.

If selected for an interview, candidates will be required to give a presentation outlining their personal intentions and research approach to the given project objectives.

We would welcome research proposals that address one or more of the following areas;

  • Developing economic and social opportunity and impact through Nepalese textile fibre creative practices (knit and weave)
  • Understanding the synergies between nettle textile making, regional agriculture and societal development opportunities for women in Nepal
  • The role of textile practice for international development and innovation using the Nepalese Giant Nettle.

More information can be found here https://nepalesenettle.org/

Studying at the RCA

Join a thriving community of more than 250 MPhil and PhD students pursuing cutting edge research and take your place at the international forefront of art and design. If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Anne Toomey, Head of Textiles at anne.toomey@rca.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree of at least a 2:1 honours is essential or equivalent professional experience.

A postgraduate degree in textiles is desirable. Experience working internationally on social impact projects, particularly with female groups, will be advantageous. An understanding and awareness of varied global lived experience is an important aspect of this project. We particularly encourage applications from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities and abilities.

Funding

Funding includes tuition fees at the UK/Home rate for three years (international applicants are encouraged to apply but should note the additional funds required if successful). One research trip is funded. This funding is provided by the Dunsmore Nepal Textile Trust supported by the Roger Walls Binns Fund.

Closing date: 17 December

Interview date: January 2022

How to apply

Guidelines are available on the link below. Please supply a research proposal that directly addresses the scholarship requirements using the given format described at MPhil/PhD Application Process.

Please email your application (CV, research proposal, portfolio of practice and referees) by December 17 2021 to Anne Toomey, Head of Textiles Programme on anne.toomey@rca.ac.uk. Please do not submit your application through the standard route which uses the RCA online application portal.

Nettle weavers in Nepal

Eligible programme: Interior Design MA
Eligible fee status:
 UK fee status only, enrolled full time and demonstrating financial need
Value: £10,000

Eligible programme: MA Visual Communication
Eligible fee status:
 UK fee status only, enrolled full time and demonstrating financial need
Value: £10,000

Contact us

For more information, please contact the Scholarships & Awards team in the Student Support office

Email us at
scholarships@rca.ac.uk
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