Scholarships & Funding

Details of MA scholarships in the Schools of Visual Culture and Fine Art and PhD studentships in all areas for 2022/23 appear below. These scholarships will recognise excellence, outstanding achievement and potential. The scholarships are awarded on academic merit and all applicants are eligible, including EU and non EU students.

Scholarships for Masters Students

  • School of Visual Culture

One scholarship is available for a student on each of the School's MA programmes (Art in the Contemporary World and Design History and Material Culture). The scholarships cover the tuition fees for the programmes and all applicants are eligble including EU and non EU students and those applying to study part time or full time. They are awarded on the basis of prior academic achievement and future potential. The recipient of the Art in the Contemporary World award will act as a champion for the programme (sometimes by editing its website).

Applicants who wish to be considered should apply for admission to the programme in the normal way. In addition they should submit a one page covering letter outlining their academic achievements and the reason why they should be considered for the scholarship.

The deadline to be considered for the Art in the Contemporary World MA scholarship is 30th June 2022 and the Design History and Material Culture MA scholarship is 31st May 2022. Both programmes commence in September 2022. 

  • School of Fine Art

Continuing NCAD Graduates and NCAD Alumni are eligible for a reduced tuition fee of €4,400 per academic year. (The normal fee rate is €5,400 per academic year).

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PhD Studentships

Each year NCAD offers a number of Research Student Scholarships to meet the cost of fees for PhD and MLitt students commending study in the autumn. (Living costs are not covered by the scheme). 

Five scholarships will be available for students commencing study in 2022-3.

The scholarships are intended to support new research in the fields that the College has set as priorities: 

  • Design Learning 

  • Visual Culture - contemporary art and design criticism and/or the mediation and display of Irish material culture 

  • Art & Public 

  • Art/Design & Health

  • Education – Art and Design Critical Pedagogies

Students in receipt of the awards can be registered in any of the four Schools of the College. Scholarships can be awarded to full and part time students and cover the full period of registration (up to a maximum of 4 full time years or the part time equivalent). 

The Scholarships are offered after application and interview. Priority will be given to applications which are received by 31 May 2022. They are awarded on the basis of the quality of application, and the experience and skills of the candidate. 

On the Research and Innovation at NCAD pages of this website, you will find information on: research topics of current and recently completed PhD students; the work of our teaching and research staff; directions in research; and examples of some of our research and innovation partners.

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