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Funding Opportunities


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 only be used to reduce the cost of University accommodation. 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 Scottish art and art located in Scotland. They offer research support grants from £50 to £300 to assist with research costs and travel expenses.


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