London Doctoral Design Centre and AHRC Funded PhD Studentships in Design Research

The LDOC is an AHRC-funded centre for doctoral training, a collaboration between the Royal College of Art, Kingston University and the University of Arts London. The Centre will offer both full-time and part-time AHRC-funded PhD studentships and enhanced doctoral training with a focus on practice-led Design research.  The Centre partners build on their commitment to developing Design researchers at the highest level in this exciting new initiative.  The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University invites applications from candidates interested to pursue innovative research in the following areas of Design:

  • Design for Sustainability
  • Social Design
  • Design Communications
  • Thinking Through Making
  • Curating, Collecting and Archives
  • Design Practice

The LDOC programme will benefit from the contributions of creative industry partners:

AEDAS, British Fashion Council, BT, London Borough of Camden Communities Division, Camira, Creativeworks Londond, 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.

Value of the Award

Recipients of an LDOC studentship will have their tuition fees paid in full and receive a maintenance allowance paid in quarterly instalments lasting three years. The value of the maintenance allowance provided will be based on the standard RCUK award rate for the year in which the candidate’s studies begin.   The current maintenance rate for awards beginning 2013-14 is £15,726 per year paid in quarterly instalments. Full details on the value of AHRC awards can be found here.

Application Procedure

The deadline for LDOC funding applications is Wednesday the 19th February 2014 by 5pm.   Kingston Interviews will be held in the week beginning 3 March 2014.  For full details click here


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