Scholarships and Awards 2020, Royal College of Art, UK

Publish Date: Feb 26, 2020

Deadline: Mar 30, 2020

Scholarships and Awards 

The RCA runs a number of scholarship schemes aimed at enabling access for students with exceptional talent who may otherwise struggle to attend without financial assistance.

The Fast Retailing Foundation Scholarship

Eligible Programmes/fee status: Fashion MA and Textiles MA, Japanese nationals only. 

Scholarship value: A number of full tuition fee scholarships plus living costs, value of up to £100,000 per two-year MA. 

Anticipated timeframe: Candidates must hold an offer to study and must have submitted an application to Fast Retailing by the 30th April 2020 to be considered. Shortlisting and interviews will take place in May 2020 by the Fast Retailing Foundation. 

Ameea Scholarships

Eligible Programmes/fee status: Four MA Intelligent Mobility scholarships. UK/EU students only.

Scholarship value: Full tuition fee scholarships with an additional £2,000 awarded towards maintenance costs.

Heveningham Concours Scholarship

Eligible Programmes/fee status:  MA Intelligent Mobility only. Any, but preference for UK students.

Scholarship value: £30,000, with remainder after tuition fees given as cash bursary.

The Tony Snowdon Scholarship

Eligible Programmes/fee status: Applicants to any MA Programme with a diagnosed physical or sensory disability. Students need to register their interest by emailing before 30th March 2020. UK/EU students only.

Scholarship value: Full tuition fee scholarship, plus a maintenance grant of £15,000 per academic year.

Eligibility Criteria

You can apply for an RCA Snowdon Scholarship if you:


  • have an eligible disability*
  • are eligible for the RCA UK or EU tuition fee rate
  • hold an offer for any Master's programme in any discipline at the RCA



Disability – an impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on day-to-day activities and would have a significant impact on your opportunity to undertake study at the RCA.

Scope of eligible disabilities – physical disabilities, sensory impairments, autistic spectrum conditions and long-term health conditions such as MS, chronic fatigue, Lupus, Crohns Disease, Ulcerative Colitis. 

The Karakusevic Carson Scholarship

Eligible Programmes/fee status: MA Architecture.

Scholarship value: £10,000 in total but can be split between two students.

Design Trust/RCA Fellowship in Design Curation 2020

Eligible programmes/fee status: V&A/RCA MA History of Design. Individuals based in or connected to Hong Kong or the Greater Bay Area with a background in curating and a research interest in design.

Fellowship value: Full fees for the year-long programme, as well as a stipend of £7,500 (6-month Fellowship) or £15,000 (12-month Fellowship) towards living costs. An additional £3,000 budget will be available to cover further expenses. 

The deadline for applications is 2 May 2020, 11.59 pm GMT.

Based at the Royal College of Art in London, the Fellow(s) will undertake advanced research into curatorial practice in relation to contemporary design and recent design history. Areas of focus might include: strategies for exhibition-making, display, interpretation and collections; design archives; design curating in the public sphere; design theory and method as curatorial practice; curating emergent technologies; and history and current practice in design curating.

Starting in September 2020, the Fellow(s) will undertake research and study, embedded within the RCA’s vibrant interdisciplinary environment and supported by Design Trust. The programme of studies is designed to broaden the Fellow’s knowledge and skills in curatorial practice, theory and understanding of design, to enable self-reflection on the Fellow’s practice to date, and to support their specific research direction. Each Fellow follows a bespoke programme tailored to their needs and interests; components vary across seminars and workshops in design and curatorial history, theory and practice, interdisciplinary workshops and projects and a placement with one of the RCA’s external partners.

Additionally, the Fellow(s) will devise and pursue an original, independent research project related to curating and design in Asia and its global contexts. The project is supported by engagement with subject specialists at the RCA and guided through regular 1:1 tutorials with a named project supervisor. The project will take the form of written work (ordinarily a body of writing comprising c. 10,000 words) and a public event in London, potentially but not exclusively an exhibition. The Fellow(s) will have access to technical resources and training facilities at the RCA, appropriate to their research.

Research may explore curatorial practice and theory in relation to existing and emergent design disciplines (such as product design, service design, wearable technologies, transport, performance or the digital). It might reflect on or generate curatorial approaches to design’s social, political or cultural contexts past, present and future (for example users/social practices, the public sphere, architectural practice or urbanism). A focus on Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area region is preferred. The research should result in an original curatorial proposal, demonstrate advanced understanding of curatorial contexts and approaches, inform the Fellow(s)’s future practice and show clear potential to inform curatorial practice in Hong Kong/the Greater Bay Area region more widely.

Sharing knowledge and experience generated is an important element of the Fellowship. Fellows’ written work may be disseminated digitally through the RCA/Design Trust platforms, and/or submitted for publication in an appropriate platform. The Fellow(s) will prepare at least one public presentation at the end of their research to be delivered in Hong Kong and/or London. The Fellow(s) will also present a final report on their research findings (including work placement activity) for the RCA/Design Trust and communicate the research process and experience of the Fellowship in an agreed social media programme.

The Fellowship is designed to address the burgeoning field of design curating in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area region in a global context, and its place within the interdisciplinary curatorial field (such as the growth of new institutions devoted to design, the presence of design in art museums, biennales and cultural festivals and other new platforms for public engagement with/through design, including urban development and archives). 


Applications are welcome from individuals based in or connected to Hong Kong or the Greater Bay Area with a background in curating and a research interest in design. The provision of the Fellowship depends on whether the Fellow(s) obtains a UK visa. Applicants should either hold a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline or an undergraduate degree with a minimum of three years relevant professional work or academic research experience. Proficiency in spoken and written English is also required.

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