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Forshaw PhD Studentship in Architecture (2023-24)

   School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

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  Prof P Chiles, Dr Christos Kakalis  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project


We are now inviting applicants for the fifth award of 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 studentship is open to women applicants only.

The studentship 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 relevant 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.

Number Of Awards


Start Date

September 2023 start


School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape


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

Eligibility Criteria

The studentship is open to UK Students, EU Students, International Students.

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 [Email Address Removed], with code APL034 as the email subject.  

You must apply through the University’s Apply to Newcastle Portal 

Once registered select ‘Create a Postgraduate Application’. 

Use ‘Course Search’ to identify your programme of study: 

  • search for the ‘Course Title’ using the programme code: 8160F
  • select PhD School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (full time) - Architecture' as the programme of study 

You will then need to provide the following information in the ‘Further Questions’ section: 

  • a ‘Personal Statement’ (this is a mandatory field) - upload a document or write a statement directly in to the application form 
  • the studentship code APL034 in the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ field 
  • when prompted for how you are providing your research proposal - select ‘Write Proposal’. You should then type in the title of the research project from this advert. You do not need to upload a research proposal.  

Contact Details

Professor Prue Chiles

Dr Christos Kakalis

It is strongly recommended that potential candidates seek advice from Professor Chiles or Dr Kakalis on possible supervisors, and get in touch with proposed supervisors to discuss the proposal prior to submitting their application.  

Funding Notes

A tax-free stipend paid monthly £17,000 per year for up to 3 years, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research. International and home fee rate paid in full. All applicants will receive the same stipend irrespective of fee status.
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