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Forshaw PhD Scholarship in Architecture

Newcastle University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,000 per year + payable towards 100% of tuition fee rate
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 31st January 2019
Closes: 30th April 2019
Reference: APL24

Value of award

£15,000 per year for 3 years. The scholarship is payable towards 100% of the tuition fee rate, with the remainder awarded as living expenses.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

September 2019 for 3 years.


We are now inviting applicants for this annual PhD scholarship in architecture, as part of a generous endowment from David and Mary Forshaw to support women in architectural education and research. Based in the Architecture Research Collaborative (ARC), the PhD may be pursued either by creative practice or by written thesis, with any appropriate supervisory team from ARC’s multidisciplinary membership. In accordance with the terms of the Forshaw endowment, the scholarship is open to women applicants only.

The scholarship is for a strong project in any area of architectural research within ARC, from history of architecture and design research through to building science. While we expect architecture to be the focus of the candidate’s research and anticipate a background in architecture, we welcome applicants from different backgrounds and fields. 

It is expected that the successful applicant will contribute to research activities and some teaching in the school, and take on a role supporting PGR representation within ARC.


School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Name of supervisor(s)

Supervisors should be drawn from ARC membership and should be named as part of the application.

Eligibility Criteria

The scholarship is open to UK/EU and international candidates.

Applicants must have:

  • a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in Architecture (BArch or MArch)
  • OR a demonstrable interest in architecture and some understanding of architectural research methods and a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in related subjects
  • excellent organisational and communication skills
  • IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.0 in all sub-skills) if their first language is not English.

We prefer candidates to have an additional qualification at Masters level.

How to apply

You must send the covering letter, CV and research proposal by email to, with code APL24 as the email subject.  

You should also apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.

You will need to:

  • insert the programme code 8160F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (full time) – Architecture’ as the programme of study
  • insert the scholarship code APL24 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must quote reference code APL24 and outline your ability to undertake a suitable project in architecture.
  • attach a 1,000 word research proposal. This should include a proposed research strategy that includes a rationale for the study and possible methodological directions.


For further information please contact either Professor Katie Lloyd Thomas or Dr Neil Burford.

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