Applied Research Collaborative Studentships

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**The online application system is now closed**

Click on the link below to download ARCS guidance documentation with full information about the application process, including an application template and marking criteria.

ARCS 2022 Guidance/Application Document (Word Document, 496KB)

ARCS 2022 Guidance/Application Document (PDF, 678KB)

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 for projects will be open between 1-14 Feb 2022. 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
  • Glasgow Caledonian University

The timeline is as follows

Deadline for Applications

14 Feb 2022

Successful Institutions Informed

May 2022

Deadline for Appointing Students to Projects

June 2022

Students Inducted

October 2022

Applications should be submitted through our online system which will be open from 1st - 14th Feb 2022.

Late applications will not be accepted.

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