• About

    The RSA John Kinross Scholarships (£3,000) 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.


    This year, twelve graduates (three architects and nine artists) will receive an initial payment of £2,800 for travel, accommodation and subsistence, with the remaining £200 awarded on the satisfactory completion of the Scholarship. 



    Hannah Imlach, Water Kite on the Arno (1) (detail), 2011, digital c-type photographic print

  • Eligibility

    Nick Green, Untitled, 2017


    Art: Applicants must be students in their Honours or Postgraduate years of study at one of the following art schools in Scotland - Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen, Duncan of Jordanstone Collage of Art, Dundee, Edinburgh Collage of Art, Glasgow School of Art, and University of the Highlands and Islands.


    Architecture: Applicants must be RIBA Part 2 students in their final year, or currently attending a Masters programme, at one of the five Scottish Schools of Architecture. Group work is not admissible.


    How to apply

    • Applications are made through Submittable.
    • Artists should submit via the RSA John Kinross Art Scholarships form.
    • Architects should submit via the RSA John Kinross Architecture Scholarship form.
    • Deadline for completing applications is 26 March 2023, 23:59.


    Click here to Apply

  • 2022 WINNERS

    Veronika Desova, Untitled, The Baptistry, Florence, 2019, double-exposure analogue colour photograph

    2022 WINNERS

    • Harrison Armstrong
    • Christian Bajenaru
    • Louise Black
    • Yolanda Ceballos
    • Frances Mary Driscoll
    • Angus Henderson
    • Lily Krempel
    • Ben Lingard
    • Danielle Rothmann
    • Louis Syed-Anderson


    Click to view a full list of past RSA John Kinross Scholars.


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  • About John Kinross RSA, (1855 – 1931)

    Martin McKenna, Postcard (Santa Maria del Fiore), 2017

    About John Kinross RSA

    (1855 – 1931)

    John Kinross was a Scottish architect who began practicing in Edinburgh in 1882. In 1885 Kinross became architect to the third Marquess of Bute, largely as the result of Bute having read Details from Italian Buildings, Chiefly Renaissance which Kinross published after spending time in Northern Italy, with Florence as his base. This not only launched his career but proved to be a major influence throughout his life. Kinross restored a number of historic buildings such as Falkland Palace, Fife, the Augustinian Priory in St Andrews, and the fifteenth-century Franciscan Friary in Elgin (Grey Friars). He built many country houses and by the last decade of the nineteenth century he had become one of the leading domestic architects in Scotland. Manderston House, near Duns in Berwickshire, is considered his masterpiece. 


    The John Kinross Memorial Fund was established in 1981 by his son, John Blythe Kinross CBE HRSA, in memory of his father, to assist young artists and architects from degree-giving Scottish art schools, within the departments of architecture and fine art, to spend three months in Florence.


    Banner image: Calvin Laing, Calvin and Painting, 2012