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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 (2018-19); b) MPhil (2018-20); c) PhD (2018-22).
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.

Criteria: To have been offered a place on the MGS postgraduate programme and a first degree in Art History or related subject OR other supporting evidence of a commitment to a career as a curator of art and academic merit

Application is by personal statement, academic transcript and CV.

For more details, please contact:
Ann V Gunn, Director of Museum and Gallery Studies, email
Mary Kettle, Postgraduate Secretary, Email:
Visit the Trust website for more information about the Trust, its mission and activities.

Closing date for applications: 31 May 2018 (the successful applicant will be notified by 17 June 2018).

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.


2018-19 Catherine and Alfred Forrest Bursary

Are you travelling for your Art History Research?
Then you might be interested in the 2018-19 Catherine and Alfred Forrest Bursary
Bursaries are awarded for research travel exploring the following aspects of European and American Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, design, crafts and industrial design.
The research must be undertaken under the supervision of a member of staff of the university and lead to publication.

More information is available online at:

The deadline for applications is 15th March 2018.

For further information please contact Fiona Eason at or on
01334 461904.



The University of St Andrews is a member of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, and through the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership collaborates with seven leading Scottish universities to offer world-class doctoral training. 

There is an internal selection process leading to nomination by St Andrews to the SGSAH competition. The deadline for applicants in Art History wishing to be considered is 12 January 2018, and you must have made an application to study for a PhD with us by then. If you intend to apply for this award, please contact

A downloadable SGSAH application form, eligibility criteria, and application guidance are available at:


St Leonard's College Postgraduate Scholarships

St Leonard's Doctoral and Postgraduate College at the University of St Andrews is offering a limited number of St Leonard's PhD scholarships for 2018-19 entry in the following areas:

a) International doctoral fees scholarships (covering the difference between home and international fees)
b) Inter-European doctoral scholarships (where the thesis is co-supervised by a European university)

If you are eligible for one of these schemes, you may be considered for a St Leonard's scholarship after you have made an application to study for a PhD with us. For further information, contact


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.


Enlight Foundation Traineeship

This award, for native Mandarin speakers, will establish a programme in photographic collections management. It combines a two-year MPhil degree in the History of Photography with an internship within the Photographic Collection held by the Special Collections Division of the University Library.


Further Opportunities

Find out more about financing your studies.

Contact us

Mary Kettle
Postgraduate Secretary
School of Art History
University of St Andrews
79 North Street
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9AL

Phone: 01334 462414