What is the Vice-Chancellor Fee Waiver and Bursary Scheme?

The Vice-Chancellor Fee Waiver and Bursary scheme is for exceptional graduates from the School of Art, Design and Architecture, who have earned a first-class honours degree at undergraduate level, a distinction at Masters Taught level or pass with minor editorial corrections at MA/MSc by Research level.

This is a competitive scheme for graduates from Huddersfield who would like to continue their studies via a research degree (MA/MSc by Research or PhD).

Applicants who have graduated from Huddersfield within 3 years are eligible to apply.

Four Fee Waiver Bursary awards are granted to the best applicants each academic year.

If successful, you can undertake a research degree without tuition fees with a School bursary of £3000 (pro-rata, e.g. if PT, £1500) per academic year within one of the following research centres:

Each research centre has one or more allocated research projects/topics/themes specific to the scheme. Please make sure that you speak to the Centre Director in the first instance for further information.

If successful, you will be expected to:

  • Undertake your research degree on a full-time basis or part-time basis.
  • Contribute to 6 hours of teaching related activities a week, subject to successful completion of the Teaching Assistant Preparation Programme (TAPP).

What does the application process involve?

In order to be considered for the Vice-Chancellor Fee Waiver and Bursary (academic year 2020/2021) you will need to apply with a covering letter, research proposal outling the following:

  • Covering letter should outline the reasons why you want to be considered for the Vice-Chancellor Research Degree Award
  • A working title suited to the thematic area of research
  • Research proposal
  • Introduction
  • Review of the existing field of research in this area
  • Aims/objectives
  • Methodology
  • Critical Contextual Framework for the project
  • Rationale for why this project in particular
  • Reference list

Further guidance on writing a research degree proposal can be found here

Your application should list the names and contact detials of two academic referees who will be able to provide references as part of your application.

What happens after I submit my application online?

Your application (online application, covering letter, research proposal and references) will be reviewed by a panel of academic staff.

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview with the Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise and the Director of Graduate Education.

If you are successful at interview, you will be notified by the School Research Office and the University will issue you with an offer letter.

Please note that the Vice-Chancellor Research Degree Award scheme is highly competitive award with only four awards being granted to the best applicants each year.

When is the deadline?

The deadline for the Vice-Chancellor Fee Waiver and Bursary is 23 October 2020

Start date: 18 January 2021.

How to apply

To be considered for this scheme, please email the named contact linked to the project you are interested in developing a research proposal for.

The research degree courses we have available in the School of Art, Design and Architecture for the academic year 2020-2021 are:

PhD (FT and PT routes)

Architecture and the Built Environment

Art and Design

Fashion and Textiles

MA by Research (FT and PT routes)

Architecture and the Built Environment

Art and Design

Fashion and Textiles

MSc by Research (FT and PT routes)

Architecture and the Built Environment

Art and Design

Fashion and Textiles

What if I am unsuccessful with my application?

You will receive feedback if you are unsuccessful with your application.

You may still wish to pursue your project proposal via a standard route. For further information about funding your postgraduate research degree see: 

https://www.hud.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding-studies/

Centre for Cultural Ecologies in Art, Design and Architecture (CEADA)

CEADA Project 1

WOVEN IN KIRKLEES

CEADA Project 2

ARTISTIC RESEARCH THE PHIDIAS LAB

CEADA Project 3

CLIMATE ACTION AND ECOLOGIES OF ENTANGLEMENT


Innovative Design Lab (IDL)

IDL Project 1

LEAN CONSTRUCTION

IDL Project 2

HEALTHCARE BUILDING DESIGN AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

IDL Project 3

DESIGN THINKING WITH PAXMAN COOLERS LTD


Centre for Urban Design, Architecture and Sustainability (CUDAS)

CUDAS Project 1

SMART DESIGN AND CLIMATE CHANGE

CUDAS Project 2

ARCHITECTURAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE

CUDAS Project 3

COMMONING SPACES IN CITIES