Scholarships & funding opportunities

RSA John Kinross Scholarships

The RSA John Kinross Scholarships (£2500) are for final year and postgraduate artists and architects to spend a period of 6 to 12 weeks in Florence to research and develop their practice. Florence has been an inspiration to generations of artists and architects and this opportunity allows successful applicants to experience its magnificent history, study its art and architecture, learn the language and create a visual record of their experience.

Ten artists receive an initial payment of £2,300 for travel, accommodation and subsistence, as well as entrance to galleries and museums and any study visits to the surrounding areas, with the remaining £200 awarded on the satisfactory completion of the scholarship. Applicants are required to use this autonomy to their best advantage.

  • Number of scholarships 10
  • Value £2,500
  • Opens 31 January 2017
  • Deadline 23 March 2017
  • Help with Living costs, Travel costs
  • Duration 6-12 weeks


  • Architecture: Applicants must be RIBA Part 2 students in their final year, or currently attending a Masters programme,
    at one of the six Scottish Schools of Architecture. Group work is not admissible.
  • Entry conditions and requirements must be strictly adhered to or applications may be rejected 

Further Information

The John Kinross Memorial Fund was established in 1982 by Mr J.B Kinross CBE, HRSA, in memory of his father, Mr John Kinross, RSA, architect (1855-1931) to assist young artists and architects from the established centres in Scotland, within the departments of Architecture and Fine Art, to spend three months in Florence.
  • Entry conditions and requirements must be strictly adhered to or applications may be rejected.
  • Only complete applications received by the deadline will be considered.
  • The Scholarship should be based in Florence. It is intended that the ‘study tour’ be used as a period of research and development. Work which may take the form of sketchbooks, art works and notes, should be used as a record of study and made in response to your experiences and research with a view to developing new work. This could be in response to various museums, churches and outside environments, or in line with your own personal research. Candidates are expected to produce a substantial body of work as evidence of study.
  • There will be a Portfolio Meeting for Scholars early the following year when they will be expected to present a portfolio of all working material from Florence and any related work made subsequently.
  • Subject to the satisfactory completion of the scholarship, The Royal Scottish Academy reserves the right to accession one representative work from the artist into the Permanent Collection of the Royal Scottish Academy. The artist will receive a further £200 following the deposit of selected works into the Collection. Copyright of selected work will devolve to the RSA at the time of lodgement. Should in the future the artist wish to reproduce the work, permission will not be unreasonably withheld by the Academy

How to apply

  • Application forms, conditions of entry and supporting documentation must be downloaded from the RSA Website
  • Open to Final Year and postgraduate students
  • Deadline for submitting complete applications is Thursday 23 March 2017, 22:00