Scholarships and Bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries are a lifeline for talented artists and makers who show great promise and commitment to their artistic practice but who can't afford the cost of study. We established The Edward James Foundation Scholarship and Bursary Fund to ensure that financial hardship is not a barrier for talented students to study here. This would not be possible without our generous supporters who donate to this fund with gifts of all sizes.

If you are a student looking for support to help fund your foundation degree, diploma, postgraduate diploma or Masters degree, there are a range fo bursaries available. Further information here.

If you are a short course student please see the bursaries available here.

Donate now

Donate now to The Edward James Foundation Scholarship and Bursary Fund and make a real difference to the future of a talented artist or conservator.

Supporting the next generation

Your gift to the scholarship and busary programme has the potential to changes lives. It will give talented students the opportunity to study at West Dean College without worry of financial problems and ongoing debts. Together we can support the most talented students today to be the next generation of cultural leaders, makers and conservators.

If you choose to fund an entire scholarship for a student, this can be a very rewarding experience. Your donation or grant can be used to tailor-make a scholarship or bursary to fit your interests e.g. by subject area, or criteria for the Awardee such as academic standards or economic need.

In most cases, you will have opportunity to meet your scholar(s) and follow their progress. We are also able to name a Scholarship or Bursary after an individual or your organisation.

Scholarships can also be endowed if you would like to make a lasting gift to West Dean College in order to fund scholarships or provide a source of funding for a particular study programme over a longer period.

For more information please contact the Development Team on 01243 818256.

Changing lives

Kate Aughey received scholarship funding in order to complete her MA in Conservation of Furniture and Related Objects. While studying at West Dean College, she worked on important historic items including an 18th Century Italian Pier table for the Wallace Collection.

Kate was offered employment at Conservation Letterfrack, the only accredited conservation workshop in Ireland, and she completed the final part of her MA thesis while working there. Her thesis focused on the conservation of an extinct giant deer skeleton. Working in consultation with Dr Ruth Carden, she ensured that all the restored skeletal elements were as anatomically accurate as possible and used similar examples from the National Museum collection for reference.

"I look forward to continuing my training in the conservation of natural history objects. There are currently very few practitioners in Ireland undertaking this work and so it is my goal to specialise in the conservation of bone and continue the research begun during my MA study. The incredible networking opportunities and wide skill base provided by study at West Dean enabled me to land my dream job upon graduation. The generous funding offered has made my career possible. Having an MA is increasingly important in such a competitive job market and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue my studies alongside my work as a qualified conservator." Kate Aughey

Contact us

For more information please contact the Development Team on 01243 818256 or