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Funding Opportunities


Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust Museum and Gallery Studies Award

The School of Art History at the University of St Andrews invites applications for the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust Museum and Gallery Studies (MGS) Award. The award is worth £5000, and is open to those aiming for a future career as a Curator of Art. This year the award will be granted to a student accepted within one of the following MGS postgraduate options: a) Full Time MLitt (2019-20); b) MPhil (2019-2021); c) PhD (2019-23) in Museum and Gallery Studies.

The funds will in the first instance be used to cover tuition fees. Any outstanding funds may be used to cover research expenses including travel, materials, rights and reproductions, etc.

Applicants must have been offered a place on the MGS postgraduate programme and have a first degree in Art History or related subject OR have other supporting evidence of a commitment to a career as a curator of art.

Applicants will be required to upload a personal statement, academic transcript and a CV.

This award is available for application through the Scholarships and Funding catalogue.

If you have applied for the MLitt, you can access the catalogue by logging into My Application. You should wait until the next working day after submitting your MLitt application before attempting to access My Application. 

If you have applied for the MPhil or PhD, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the Scholarships and Funding catalogue.

Deadline: 3rd June 2019, 12 noon.


St Leonard's College Interdisciplinary Doctoral Scholarships

The St Leonard's College Interdisciplinary Doctoral Scholarships are intended to promote interdisciplinary doctoral research and support cross-Faculty and cross-School collaborations. Up to 12 scholarships will be awarded for new doctoral students commencing their degree in the 2019-20 academic year.
Research projects must be interdisciplinary in nature with the doctoral student jointly supervised by two Schools. Preference will be given to applications that support (i) new cross-Faculty connections; or (ii) new connections in an area of strategic importance:

* cultural understanding
* environmental sustainability
* health, infectious disease, and wellbeing
* materials for the modern world
* peace, conflict, and security

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted by the proposed supervisors - direct applications from prospective doctoral students will not be accepted.
Full details at the link below
Further enquiries regarding the scholarships may be addressed to Brett Dodgson at St Leonard's College - please email


Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships

The scholarships are open to UK/EU and international applicants. Please note that the academic requirements are higher than normally needed for admission to doctoral programmes – applicants must hold a UK first class honours degree (or an equivalent international qualification) as well as a Masters degree in a field of study relevant to their proposed doctoral research. Applicants who have not at the date of application completed their Masters degree should be able to show evidence that they are on course to do before the start of the doctoral degree. Applicants must meet the standard English language entry requirements.

Applicants must be able to start their doctoral degree in September 2019. Awards cannot be deferred to a later starting date.

Scholarships are available in three disciplinary areas – broadly defined – that align with the Foundation’s interests: history, literature, and languages. It is expected that one studentship will be awarded in each of these three areas.

The application period is now open and will close 30 January 2019.

Please find details at the link below


Carnegie/Caledonian Postgraduate Scholarships

The prestigious Carnegie PhD Scholarship scheme supports a limited number of graduates, with first class Honours undergraduate degrees from a Scottish university, who wish to pursue three years of postgraduate research leading to a PhD at a university in Scotland. There is no restriction on the subject or field.


Accommodation Award

This scholarship can be used in either private or University accomodation. Prospective students can apply for financial support towards their accommodation costs. There is a limited number of awards available of £1,500 per annum for the duration of study, and selection is means-tested.


Scottish Society for Art History, Research Support Grants

The Scottish Society for Art History promotes scholarship in the history of Scottish art and art located in Scotland. To facilitate this, the SSAH offers research support grants from £50 to £500 to assist with research costs and travel expenses. We do not fund attendance at conferences, reprographics or subsistence. Applicants must be working at a post-graduate level or above and should either be resident in Scotland or doing research that necessitates travel to Scotland. Recipients will be given a one-year free membership of the SSAH and will be asked to write a report for the SSAH newsletter, explaining how the grant was used. Grants must be claimed within six months of the award being made.


The Royal Photographic Society

The Royal Photographic Society offers a bursary to support postgraduate students undertaking photographic research or studying Masters courses in photography at UK Colleges and Universities.


The Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust

Funding is available for taught-course postgraduate studies or for research postgraduates. Details of the application can be obtained from the School office. The application, including a reference and a budget, should be submitted to the School of Art History. A committee in the School is required to rank the applications and forward them to the Provost's office.  For more information please click the link below.


Further Opportunities

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Contact us

Lynn Ayton
School of Art History
University of St Andrews
79 North Street
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9AL

Phone: 01334 462400