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London Doctoral Design Centre (LDoc) awards for October 2016 entry

PhD studentships in design research funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

London Doctoral Design CentreLDoc is the Centre for Doctoral training in Design Research Study, located in London, a world hub for Design and the creative industries. Funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, LDoc is a collaboration between three internationally leading London-based higher education institutions: Kingston University (KU), the Royal College of Art (RCA) and University of the Arts London (UAL). The Centre provides cross institutional PhD studentships and training, working in collaboration with key industry partners.

The Centre offers AHRC-funded PhD studentships and enhanced doctoral training with a focus on practice-led design research which includes: design innovation; critical design; communication design; curation; design and the environment; architecture; design and wellbeing; digital media; performance; interaction design; fashion futures; materials futures; service design; socially responsive and inclusive design; and sustainability.

The LDoc programme benefits from the contributions of creative industry partners such as:

AEDAS, British Fashion Council, BT, London Borough of Camden Communities Division, Camira, Creativeworks London, Design Council, Designing Out Crime Association (DOCA), Ford Motor Company, Ian Ritchie Architects Limited, International Flavours and Fragrances, Microsoft Research Cambridge, Sense, Sorrell Foundation, Textile Institute, Topshop, TFL, the United Nations/UNCTAD Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform and the V&A Museum.

Funding and eligibility

  • UK applicants and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least three years immediately preceding the start of their course are eligible for the full scholarship covering stipend and tuition fees. 
  • EU applicants who have not been resident in the UK for three years immediately preceding the start of their course are eligible for a fees-only award. 
  • Non-Home/EU applicants are not eligible to apply.

Please note: if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will not be eligible for this funding.

Awards are available for both full-time and part-time students. AHRC eligibility criteria apply and all AHRC awards are subject to the AHRC and RCUK terms and conditions. Please ensure that you are familiar with them: they are set out in three documents which can be accessed via the current award holders page on the AHRC website:

  • Research Council Terms and Conditions of Training Grants
  • RCUK Training Grant Guide
  • AHRC's Training Grant Funding Guide

The doctoral stipend for 2015/16 is £16,057 (three years full-time or part-time equivalent for six years); levels are likely to rise slightly for 2016/17 but have not yet been confirmed.

Application process for doctoral awards

1. Read the LDoc guidance notes (Word).

2. Contact the potential supervisor at Kingston University to discuss your research proposal, the supervision that may be available, and whether you might be considered a suitable candidate for a LDoc award. The deadline for this stage is 5.00pm (GMT) on 8 January 2016. Enquiries received after this date may not be supported.

If you are not sure who to contact please take a look at our directory of research expertise or see the faculty research webpages for Art, Design & Architecture.

Alternatively, please email the faculty research student co-ordinator for Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture for advice, including 'LDoc' in the subject line.

We work closely with researchers to develop their applications so please leave plenty of time for this stage as you will not be able to amend your proposal or application after the deadline.

3. Submit the following by midnight Sunday 7 February 2016:

Please note that candidates must make an application to one of the three partner institutions before submitting an LDOC application.

Assessment process

Your application will be considered by an internal panel of subject experts at Kingston University. You will be informed in early April whether the university will forward your application for consideration by LDoc. If your application does go forward you will hear by early May whether or not it has been successful.

If you have any questions please email

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