Category Archives: Scholarships

PhD studentships

English Heritage and its University partners are currently recruiting for 3 collaborative PhD studentships, funded by the AHRC through the Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDP) scheme; to commence in October 2014.

These studentships are fully funded by the AHRC and will be jointly supervised by a University supervisor and an English Heritage supervisor.

The 3 studentships currently available are:
  • Ploughzone archaeology: interpreting loss of data from metal artefact decay (rates, reasons and conservation management implications)
  • Westminster on Sea: the political and cultural significance of Osborne House, Isle of Wight
  • English Office Buildings c.1900 – 1939


PhD SScholarships Royal Academy of Engineering :Sustainable Building Design

Full and Part funded PhD scholarships are now available in the Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design in the School of the Built Environment. To be eligible, applicants should have a first-class honours degree in a relevant subject or a 2.1 honours degree plus Masters (or equivalent). Scholarships will be awarded by competitive merit, taking into account the academic ability of the applicant and the alignment between his/her research interests and the Centre’s research strengths.

The closing date for applications is 28th February 2014.

Further details…

Post-doctoral Research Scholar – University of Hertfordshire

Full time position working 37 hours per week, 1.0 FTE
Fixed term contract for 18 months
£30424 – £36298

We are seeking a Post-doctoral researcher to support a programme of work funded by Lafarge Tarmac, focused on sustainable living and the built environment.

The UH Lafarge Tarmac Sustainable Living Partnership is providing the basis for in-depth research into aspects of sustainable living. The partnership has reached almost the midway point of its current activities, with the Australian component of the primary research finalised, and is now seeking to recruit a Post-doctoral scholar to support the partnership for the next 18 months, to complete the UK component of the primary research and undertake related tasks.

Further details: LINK

UNESCO/Japan Young Researchers’ Fellowships Programme

Reinforcing its belief in “people building the next era”, the Government of Japan offers 20 fellowships per year, for the twelfth consecutive year, to be awarded to deserving candidates from developing countries, especially the least developed countries (LDCs), who are eager to undertake research on one or more of the topics listed. The aim of the fellowships is to support innovative and imaginative post-graduate research in four areas of development of particular interest to UNESCO.

Further details: LINK

Cultural Heritage Master at the French University in Egypt

The CHM master is a one year program in partnership with Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne under the direction of Prof. Fekri Hassan and Prof. Maria Gravari-Barbas. Its third edition will be offered from October the 7th 2013.

It includes a variety of topics related to cultural heritage management structured in core courses and specialised courses in 1.Cultural Tourism, 2.Museum Studies, 3.Architectural and Urban Heritage.

Scholarships now closed for 2013/14

Further details: LINK


RIBA Funding for 2013/14

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced funding research and scholarship schemes for students worth a record £250,000 in 2013/14, while £100,000 of the funds will go towards financing scholars embarking on vital educational research into architecture.


President’s Awards for Research
The RIBA’s annual research awards exist to promote the innovation and insight that emerge from excellent research.

The awards acknowledge and encourage fresh and strategic thinking in architectural research for the benefit of the profession as a whole.

Projects are judged by a distinguished panel of experts in four categories:

  • Master’s degree thesis
  • PhD thesis
  • University-led research
  • Practice-led research

Further details: LINK

Walter Parker Bursary Scheme
The emphasis of the Walter Parker Bursary scheme is to support students to enter the architectural profession. Practical experience is a requirement of architectural education: students are required to demonstrate key professional skills and competencies at the Part 3 professional examination which is the last stage before qualification as an architect.

Students of architecture can gain key experience at all stages of their architectural education. This bursary scheme provides assistance to students and graduates who are limited by financial constraints so that they can take advantage of opportunities for practical experience that will assist on their route to qualification as an architect.

These bursaries are funded by the bequest of Walter J Parker, who left a legacy to support the apprenticeship and professional training of architects experiencing financial hardship, and are known as the RIBA Walter Parker Bursaries.

Further details: LINK

Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship
RIBA writes:
Lord Foster said: ‘As a student I won a prize that allowed me to spend a summer travelling through Europe and to study first hand buildings and cities that I knew only from the pages of books. It was a revelation – liberating and exhilarating in so many ways. Today it is my privilege to fund the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, which I hope will have a lasting legacy – offering the chance for discovery and the inspiration for exciting new work – for generations to come.’

Further details: LINK

Thesaurus Poloniae

Thesaurus Poloniae is a three-month-long Fellowship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland implemented by the International Cultural Centre in Krakow.

The programme is addressed to non-residents of Poland who conduct their research on culture, history and multicultural heritage of the Republic of Poland as well as on Central Europe. Both the researchers who deal with practical aspects of management and protection of cultural heritage, and theorists dealing with history, sociology, ethnography, anthropology etc. are welcome to apply and participate in the programme.

Further details: LINK


INTACH-UK Trust (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, UK) offers travel scholarships to India for UK citizens. ICOMOS-UK manages these grants on behalf of INTACH-UK. The grants are for educational study visits to India in the field of art and cultural heritage. The aim is to allow UK citizens to undertake research and gain professional experience through projects or work placements. Most grants are awarded to professionals in the early stages of their career, or to students. Senior travel grants are also available.

Further details: LINK

PhD Scholarships at Politecnico di Milano

Scholarships awarded by the Politecnico di Milano have a maximum duration of three years and are confirmed on an annual basis subject to decision of successful admission to the subsequent year by the Faculty Board of the individual Ph.D. programmes.

The basic amount of the scholarship is €13,638.47 per annum gross of social security contributions to be paid by the recipient. That amount will be adjusted with any increase under the provision of the law.

Scholarships commence from the actual start date of the programme.

The Departments to which the Ph.D.s relate may, with their own funds, increase the basic amount of the Ministerial scholarship, contributing towards accommodation costs of foreign and Italian Ph.D. non-resident students.

Ph.D. students without a scholarship may benefit from the contributions provided by the Departments, limited to the costs of accommodation for foreign and Italian non-resident students.

Further details: LINK

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) makes awards ranging up to £15,000 to craftsmen and women of all ages to help them further their careers.

Since 1991 the Trust has awarded £1.7 million to 253 craftspeople aged between 17 and 50 plus for study, training and work experience.

QEST, the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The Trustees look for well thought out projects, which will contribute to the pool of talent in the UK and reflect the excellence of British Craftsmanship as symbolised by the Royal Warrant of Appointment.

Further details: LINK

The Society of Architectural Historian of Great Britain

The Society makes a number of awards, both in recognition of outstanding scholarship and in support of new research and publication.
Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion

This is the SAHGB’s annual prize for books on architectural history.

Essay Medal

The essay medal is an annual prize for student work.

Publication/Research Bursaries

The SAHGB offers a number of awards for scholars towards publication and research costs. Details about how to apply are available here.

Postgraduate Scholarships
Thanks to several legacies to the SAHGB, a number of scholarships are regularly available for postgraduate students on research degrees in architectural history.

Conference and Symposium Bursaries

Students may apply for assistance towards the cost of their attendance at both the SAHGB annual conference in September, and the annual symposium in May.


UCL Sustainable Heritage scholarship

Now Closed for 2011

The scholarship deadline for the Sustainable Heritage MSc at UCL is 26 May. The scholarships, supported by Ecclesiastical Insurance, are for the academic year 2010/11 and are for £15,000. The one year MSc in Sustainable Heritage is an innovative, inter-disciplinary course for building surveyors, conservators, curators, anthropologists and architects, to become the next generation of leaders in heritage. The course begins on 27 September.
For more information visit LINK