Applied Research Collaborative Studentships

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ARCS 2021 Guidance/Application Document

The Applied Research Collaborative Studentships (ARCS) funds doctoral research projects that are developed in collaboration with external organisations across creative, heritage, third and business sectors, normally based in Scotland. The projects designed and supervised by at least two higher education institutions (HEIs) and at least one other partner.

ARCS are intended to encourage and develop collaboration between SGSAH’s HEIs and non-HEI organisations and businesses across Scotland.

ARCS provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first hand professional experience outside the university environment. The support provided by both an HEI and non-HEI supervisor enhances the employment-related skills and training a research student gains during the course of their award.

ARCS are supported by the Scottish Funding Council, which is meeting 50% of the costs of each studentship. The remaining 50% of costs will be met by HEIs (in a 50-25-25 split).


Applications are now open for projects. Applications can come with or without a student attached. They must include two HEIs and one external partner. All applications must include one of the following:

  • Abertay University
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Heriot Watt University
  • Queen Margaret University Edinburgh
  • Robert Gordon University
  • University of the West of Scotland

The timeline is as follows

Deadline for Applications

25 Feb 2021

Successful Institutions Informed

March 2021

Deadline for Appointing Students to Projects

11 June 2021

Students Inducted

October 2021

Applications should be submitted through our online system which will be launched in January 2021.

Late applications will not be accepted.

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