February 25, 2014

New scholarships in History of Design for 2014/15

Royal College of Art
V&A/RCA History of Design students (Asian specialism) with National Institute of Design students from the Exhibition Design course (Ahmedabad). The trip was generously supported by the Bonita Trust. © Abigail Kenyon, 2012.

The V&A/RCA Postgraduate programme in the History of Design announces two new MA scholarships for 2014/5.

V&A/RCA History of Design is a two-year full-time MA programme, based at both the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art. It offers a unique platform for study in three specialist areas: Renaissance and Early Modern; Modern and Contemporary; and Asian, Early Modern to Contemporary. MPhil and PhD are also offered as part of the Doctoral Studies Programme in the RCA School of Humanities.

The Bonita Trust Scholarship in History of Design: for students applying from India
We are delighted to announce a new scholarship for 2014–15 for candidates applying to the V&A/RCA History of Design MA programme from India. The student must be an Indian national. The Bonita Trust Scholarship in History of Design covers full overseas fees for the two years of the MA and includes a maintenance grant of up to 3,100 GBP per year.

The Bonita Trust is a philanthropic trust established under Gibraltar law in 2004, with its vision to help communities address some of the important health and education challenges facing them, leveraging cutting-edge technologies and Internet-based solutions. Since its inception, Bonita has committed over 15 million GBP to both communal based and cross-border projects in the areas of health, medical research, human community services, education, culture and heritage, female entrepreneurship and disaster relief.

The Robert H. Smith Renaissance Sculpture in Context Prize: for students applying to the Renaissance and Early Modern specialism
We are very pleased to announce this new award available for students from the UK or EU applying to the Renaissance and Early Modern specialism of the V&A/RCA History of Design MA programme. The Robert H. Smith Renaissance Sculpture in Context Prize is offered to a student who intends to undertake research in any aspect of Renaissance sculpture and its broad cultural and social context. The award offers a contribution towards the fees of 3,000 GBP a year for the two years of the MA.

In addition to these two new scholarships, the V&A/RCA History of Design Programme also offers several other scholarships for UK and EU students. The scholarships and awards are given on a competitive basis, judged at interview. Students should indicate their interest in and suitability for the awards on their application form. Interviews will be held in March 2014, in person or by Skype.

Please note these scholarships and awards are only available for MA students. For further information on research degrees in History of Design and RCA Humanities, please visit or contact [email protected]

Home/EU fees for 2014–15 will be 9,000 GBP per annum. Overseas fees will be 27,900 GBP per annum. The College is designated as an eligible institution for a Guaranteed Student Loan under the new Direct Loan Program.
Further details on the programme, entry requirements, fees and funding can be found at


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