The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and the Royal College of Art (RCA) have announced two new scholarships for the postgraduate program in History of Design for the 2014–15 session. The two-year full-time MA program will be based at both institutes.
The two awards are: the Bonita Trust Scholarship in History of Design and the Robert H Smith Renaissance Sculpture in Context Prize. Both awards offer a platform for study in three specialist areas: renaissance and early modern; modern and contemporary; and Asian, early modern to contemporary art.
The Bonita Trust Scholarship in History of Design is available to students applying from India. It covers full overseas fees for the two years of the MA and includes a maintenance grant of up to 3100 GBP per year.
The Bonita Trust is a philanthropic trust established under the Gibraltar Law in 2004. It aims to help communities address some of the important health and education challenges by providing them with cutting edge technologies and internet-based solutions. So far, the trust has supported both communal-based and cross-border projects in the areas of health, medical research, human community services, education, culture and heritage, female entrepreneurship and disaster relief.
The Robert H Smith Renaissance Sculpture in Context Prize is available to students from the UK or the European Union applying to the renaissance and early modern specialisation of the History of Design program. It is offered to a student who intends to undertake research in any aspect of renaissance sculpture and its broad cultural and social context. The award offers a contribution towards the fees of 3000 GBP a year for the two-year degree.
The V&A/RCA History of Design Program also offers several other scholarships for UK and EU students. The scholarships and awards are given on a competitive basis and are judged by interviews.