Funding Your Studies

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Funding Your Studies


West Dean College awards a number of Scholarships to the very best students. Applicants for the Scholarship awards need to be able to demonstrate an outstanding potential and commitment to their studies and future career in their chosen subject. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate excellence by providing evidence of past achievements and related work experience, alongside recommendations from current or past tutors and colleagues.

There are several Scholarship awards available in 2014-15, detailed below. Prospective Scholars can apply for more than one Scholarship. Deadline for all Scholarship Applications (except the Sidney Sanders Charitable Trust Scholarship) is 5pm on 30 April 2014. Decisions will be notified by 30 May 2014. Application forms available from

Scholarship Schemes

Any programme - The Edward James Foundation Anniversary Scholarship
Books - Dr Robin Barnard Scholarship
Ceramics, Metalwork and Furniture -The British Antique Dealers’ Association (Bada) Joan Eyles Scholarship
Clocks or Metalwork -The Sidney Sanders Scholarship
Metalwork - The South Square Trust Scholarship
Any programme - The Skinners’ Company, Lawrence Atwell’s Charity, The Skinners’ Company Atwell Awards For Excellence

Click to see further details on scholarships in our prospectus, page 42 & 43.


Bursaries for students in need are offered via the Edward James Foundation Bursary Fund. The Fund is financed by donations both from the Edward James Foundation and supplemented by other organisations and individuals who make donations or leave bequests to support students.

Bursary Funds
The Edward James Foundation Bursary Fund
The Leche Trust Bursary Fund

Click to see details on bursary funds available in our prospectus, page 42.

Online Grant Databases - The following websites may be useful for other potential funding sources.
Creative Choices provide the tool ‘Find Funding’ to help individuals research, see
Central is a free website with tools and resources, see
Cashpoint has information and advice about budgeting and applying for funding, see
2 Us provides information and advice about grants and benefits, see
Sussex 4 Funding is a website with information about funding opportunities tailored for West Sussex, see www. open4community. info/westsussex
Student Loans Company

Other Sources of Funding

There are a number of funders who share our passion for conservation and creativity and fund students directly.

Anna Plowden Trust supports the primary training of UK conservation students by offering grants towards course fees, see
Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) makes awards to craftsmen and women of all ages to help them further their careers, see
The Coats Foundation Trust aims to relieve poverty and to assist those who do not have the financial means to fund their education, see
The Eaton Fund provides funding for artists (not performing) e.g. painters, potters, sculptors and photographers. Funding given for materials and equipment, see
The George Daniels’ Educational Trust aims to encourage higher education study in various disciplines including Horology. An advisory committee will administer and identify suitable horological students. For further information, email
The Juliet Gomperts Trust is a small charity which gives financial support to artists who are resident in the UK, see
The Skinners’ Company, Lawrence Atwell’s Charity supports students aged between 16 and 26, UK national, national of other countries ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of their course, refugee or asylum seeker, low income background. Does not fund degrees or postgraduate qualifications other than via the Skinners’ Company Atwell Awards for Excellence, see lawrence-atwell-charity.htm.
Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Services (ELCAS) is the MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC), an initiative to promote lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. The ELC scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years. West Dean College is an approved supplier (ELC no. 3280). Up to £2,000 per ELC claim available, see
Postgrad Solutions now offer bursaries across a number of subject areas for students commencing postgraduate studies.
Click here to apply-

How to apply for funding

1. Identify a list of potential funders which fund individuals and might be interested in your area of work.

2. Research the potential funder preferences and find out as much as you can about what interests them. The more you can make your letter, or application, specifically relevant to them, the more interested they will be. If you have any personal contacts with the funder, this could be helpful. You should also find out what level of funding they usually give to judge how much you should ask for.

3. When applying follow any guidelines the funder has. Many will have a form, but if not, aim to keep your application to two pages. When you apply make it easy for the funder to get a sense of who you are and what you are working towards. Most importantly be explicit and concise about what you want, with a clear budget.

Funding for International Students

If you are looking to find help with funding your studies in the UK it is a good idea to send out funding applications as soon as possible. It may be more difficult to make arrangements for financial support once you have left your own country. Start by enquiring with your own Ministry of Education or Department of Education as they may have details of scholarship opportunities for students wishing to study overseas.

The British Council provides a basic guide for possible sources of funding for international students who want to study in the UK. Visit studies.htm.

Anglo-Danish Society invites scholarship applications from students of Danish nationality undertaking postgraduate courses, see

Chevening Scholarships provide Foreign and Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships. They are prestigious awards which enable overseas students to study in the UK, see

Commonwealth Students can apply for scholarships and fellowships through Commonwealth Scholarships, see

The Europe-Korea Foundation offers scholarship programmes for South Korean students, see scholarship/programme.htm.

The Gen Foundation may consider funding exceptional candidates studying on an Arts programme, see

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers a range of study abroad opportunities to US citizens through their awards programme, see for-us-citizens.

Council for International Student Affairs provides guidance for international students looking for loans, welfare benefits and scholarships, see

The Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund provides awards to Canadian students for academic and artistic study in the UK, see

If you would like to discuss funding in more detail please contact our Academic Office +44 (0)1243 818 274 or UK

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