Student Funding

We know it's not easy funding your studies, and we work hard to provide as many opportunities as possible for you to apply for additional support when you're accepted to study for a degree or diploma here.

There are four ways to apply for support:

  1. Apply for a scholarship or bursary that West Dean College awards on behalf of a third party funder. These each have different criteria which are set by the funder so you will need to check if you are eligible using the guidance in the tables below. You should not approach these organisations directly.
  2. Apply to a fund which encourages students to apply directly. Find those you are eligible to apply to, and follow the links to their website to submit your application.
  3. Apply to The Edward James Bursary Fund. This fund is open to anyone who is offered a place to study at West Dean College.
  4. Apply for the West Dean College Scholarship. This is to enable students from underrepresented groups to access Degree and Diploma courses

There are also additional funding opportunities for international students.

The main funding application deadline has now passed. Other funding opportunities are:

  • Edward James Foundation Bursary
  • BADA Scholarship
  • The Arts Society Sussex
  • The Behrens Foundation
  • The Michael and Bente Connellan Bursary

Please apply by 1 August 2021.

"I know that I couldn't have achieved all I have in my time here without the fantastic support I have received from the funding team and the organisations that have helped fund my studies. To have been awarded a scholarship from the Sidney Sanders Charitable Trust has taken the financial stress away from studying and has allowed me to make the most of my time at West Dean College."
Dale Sardeson, MA Conservation Studies, specialising in Clocks

Conservation scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships 2021-22 Books Ceramics Clocks Furniture Metalwork CCCM
  Value GD MA GD MA GD MA GD MA GD MA MA

West Dean College

Scholarship                 

50% tuition fees + 50%

accommodation costs               

 
The Arts Society Sussex TBC  
BASET Endeavour Award  £10,000 per academic year  
Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers Scholarship £1,000                    
The Worshipful Company of Cutlers Langdon Dowsett Scholarship £1,000                  

BADA Scholarship 

Up to £6,000 given at the discretion of the BADA Cultural & Education Trust to help supplement other funding

     

 

Bursaries 2021-22 Books Ceramics Clocks Furniture Metalwork CCCM
  Value GD MA GD MA GD MA PDD GD MA GD MA MA

The Edward James

Foundation Bursary Fund         

Based on individual

need                           

 
The Horology Bursary Up to £20,000 

(likely to be split between two or more students)

                   
The George Daniels Horology Bursary Up to £20,000 

(likely to be split between two or more students)

                 
The Behrens Foundation £5,000 (to be distributed to one student)    
The Skinners' Company, Lawrence Atwell's Charity Awards for Excellence £15,000 (split between up to three students)    
The Stationers' Foundation Bursary £6,000                    

 

Read the full conservation scholarship and bursary information

Conservation Scholarships 

All scholars are expected to agree to the terms and conditions.

Please note: applicants should not apply directly to the funding organisation for any of the scholarship awards listed here.

The Arts Society Sussex

Value: TBC by the funder

The Arts Society Sussex scholarship will be awarded to a student studying an accredited programme (Foundation Degree Arts, Graduate Diploma or MA Conservation Studies, Graduate Diploma Fine Art or the Master of Fine Art).

Students must demonstrate financial need and excellence and should come from a region in which The Arts Society has a presence (New Zealand, Malaysia, Malta, Gibraltar, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Canada). 

Application: Individuals who have submitted an application to study on one of the programmes outlined above can apply for the award. Applications are considered by the Grants Committee, and a recommendation is made to The Arts Society Sussex for approval.

Terms: The award is for one academic year. Awardees must produce a report in February and at the end of the academic year.

The BASET Endeavour Award

Value: £10,000 per academic year

This will be awarded to an Australian national wishing to study on those qualifying programmes listed in West Dean's School of Conservation programme or on a Historic Craft Practices course (within the School of Arts).

The Britain Australia Society Education Trust (BASET) offers financial support to talented and deserving young people with skills and a passion in the applied creative industries. BASET supports these people to study and train on the other side of the world in order to increase those skills and to share knowledge and ideas - ultimately taking those skills home to continue their work while building valuable links between Britain and Australia.

"We are two great nations with strong connections and a bilateral desire to promote, maintain, preserve and conserve historical objects, artefacts and creative trades. BASET provides financial sponsorship where it "makes the difference" to support talented young people, both for the benefit of themselves and society as a whole."

Application: Australian nationals wishing to study on any programme within qualifying School of Conservation Programmes or on a Historic Craft Practices course, are invited to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the applicant will be sent to BASET for its approval before the award is made. BASET's decision is final.

Terms: The award is for one or two academic years depending on course duration, and will be paid directly to West Dean College. The applicant recognises that some additional funding from personal sources may be required and that transport, visa and living costs are the responsibility of the applicant. The successful applicant must provide regular updates to BASET and must produce an end of year report in their final term. They will be invited to be a part of the BASET community during their time in the UK.

Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers Scholarship

Value: £1,000

This will be awarded to a student on the Postgraduate Diploma or MA in Conservation of Metalwork programme, who is able to demonstrate excellent potential and a commitment to a future career in their chosen field. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated an interest and ability in conservation of arms and armour during their Graduate Diploma year.

Application: Metalwork students applying for the Postgraduate Diploma or MA Conservation programmes are invited to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the nominee will be sent to The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers for their records.

Terms: The award is for one academic year and will be paid directly to West Dean College. The scholar will be expected to produce an interim report during their second term and an end of year report in their final term.

The Worshipful Company of Cutlers Langdon Dowsett Scholarship

Value: £1,000

The Worshipful Company of Cutlers Langdon Dowsett Scholarship will be awarded to a student under the age of 30 studying on either the FdA Historic Craft Practices in Metalwork, the Graduate Diploma in Conservation of Metalwork or the Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation of Metalwork.

Application: Metalwork students applying to any of the above programmes are welcome to apply for this Scholarship. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and a recommendation will be made to the Worshipful Company of Cutlers for approval.

Terms: The award is for one academic year; paid directly to West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. Scholars are invited to attend the annual Scholars and Prize-winners Reception hosted by the Company, usually held in October. The scholar will be expected to produce an end of year report in the final term.

BADA (British Antique Dealers’ Association) Scholarship 

Value: Up to £6,000 given at the discretion of the BADA Cultural & Education Trust to help supplement other funding. 

The BADA Scholarship will be awarded to a student studying the Graduate Degree or MA Conservation Studies Ceramics, Metalwork, Clocks or Furniture. Preference will be given to a student who will go into the antiques trade after graduation and who is intending to work in Britain. Students must demonstrate outstanding potential and financial need for whom the remainder of the funding can be met from elsewhere. 

Application: Students applying to any of the above programmes are welcome to apply for this Scholarship. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and a recommendation will be made to the British Antique Dealers Association for approval. 

Terms: The award will be given at the discretion of the BADA Cultural & Education Trust to help supplement other funding and will be for one academic year; paid directly to West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. The scholar will be expected to produce an end of year report in the final term. 

Conservation Bursaries 

All bursary-funded students are expected to agree to the terms and conditions.

The Edward James Foundation Bursary Fund

If you need assistance to fund your studies, you can apply for a bursary from The Edward James Foundation Bursary Fund once you have accepted a place to study at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. The Fund is financed by donations both from The Edward James Foundation itself as part of its charitable objectives and by other organisations and individuals who have made generous donations or bequests to support students.

Applicants should demonstrate a clear financial need and preference will be given to students who show that they are pursuing all possible avenues for raising the funds they will need, including applications to other grant-making trusts, part-time or holiday work and/or student loans. Preference will also be shown to students who have the potential to make a significant contribution to their chosen field.

Grants are given based on individual need. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they can finance any remaining accommodation and tuition fees not covered by their bursary award. The Grants Committee cannot consider an application without this information.

The Horology Bursary

Value: up to £20,000

The Horology Bursary will be awarded to a student studying on one of the Clocks programmes, the FdA, Graduate Diploma or MA. Applicants should demonstrate excellent potential, a commitment to their studies and a clear aim for career development.

Application: Individuals studying on a Clocks programme are eligible to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and a recommendation is made on to the funder of The Horology Bursary.

Terms: The award is for one academic year. Awardees must produce an end of year report.

The George Daniels Educational Trust Horology Bursary

Value: up to £20,000

Application: Individuals studying on the FdA Clocks, Professional Development Diploma, Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies or MA Conservation Studies – Clocks specialism.

Applicants should demonstrate excellent potential, a commitment to their studies and a clear aim for career development. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the nominees will be sent to The George Daniels Educational Trust for their records. 

The bursary can be used to pay for tuition fees and/or living expenses.

Please note: applicants should not apply directly to the funding organisation for any of the bursaries listed below.

The Behrens Foundation

Value: £5,000 (to be distributed to one student)

Available to students studying on the Graduate Diploma or MA in Conservation Studies or the FdA (all pathways). Applicants should demonstrate a clear financial need. In order to offer maximum impact from the award, students of any age or nationality are eligible to apply. 

Applications: Individuals studying on a relevant conservation or historic craft practice programme are eligible to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the nominees will be sent to the The Behrens Foundation for their records.

Terms: Students are required to complete an end of year report on completion of the academic year in which they receive bursary support.

The Skinners' Company, Lawrence Atwell's Charity Awards for Excellence

Value: £15,000 between up to three students

The Skinners' Company award bursaries towards the cost of studying at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation for up to three students studying on a MA on any Conservation programme. They will also consider students studying for a Graduate Diploma. Applicants should be aged 28 or under, from low income households and be able to demonstrate exceptional potential in their chosen field. Previous scholars are encouraged to reapply for the duration of their studies.

Application: Individuals who have submitted an application to study on one of the programmes outlined above can apply for the award. Applications are considered by the Grants Committee, and a recommendation is made to the Skinners' Company for approval.

Terms: The award is for one academic year. Awardees must produce an end of year report.

The Stationers' Foundation Bursary

Value: £6,000

The Worshipful Company of Stationers provide bursary support for students studying on the Graduate Diploma or MA in Books and Library Materials. Applicants should be resident in the UK and classified as paying UK tuition fees, preferably aged under 25 on 1 September 2021; though applicants aged between 25 and 30 will be considered. Shortlisted applicants must be available for interview at Stationers’ Hall in London on the 23 June 2021 please note that the date may be subject to change and the interview may be virtual. Applicants should demonstrate financial need, a clear sense of career direction and give a sense of how their association with the Stationers’ Company would help them.

The Bursary is awarded on the basis of the Stationers’ Company interviewing candidates selected by West Dean College’s Grants Committee at Stationers’ Hall. The Grants Committee will draw a shortlist of up to three candidates.

Application: Individuals who have accepted a place to study on one the Books programmes can apply for the award. Applications are considered by West Dean College’s Grants Committee, and nominees are asked to attend an interview at Stationers’ Hall in London on the 23 June. For a copy of the application form and guidelines click here.

The application form must be supported by two referees, one academic and one personal from someone of standing who can support the financial statement made in the application. Together with details of financial need and financial documents e.g. bank statements with account numbers blacked out to be emailed to our (West Dean College’s) course administrator by the deadline Friday 21 May 2021.

Terms: The award is for one academic year. Awardees must produce an end of year report.

(Information last updated 15 April 2021)

Arts scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships 2021-22 Foundation Degree in Arts FDAD DACC Fine Art Creative Writing and Publishing
Clocks Furniture Metalwork Musical Instruments
  Value FdA FdA FdA FdA     GD MA MA
West Dean College Scholarship 50% tuition fees + 50% accommodation costs
The Arts Society Sussex TBC          
BASET Endeavour Award  £10,000 per academic year          
The Worshipful Company of Cutlers Langdon Dowsett Scholarship £1,000                

 

Bursaries 2021-22 Foundation Degree Arts FDAD DACC Fine Art  Creative Writing and Publishing
Clocks Furniture Metalwork Musical Instruments
  Value FdA FdA FdA FdA     GD MA MA

The Edward James

Foundation Bursary Fund

Based on individual

need

The Behrens Foundation £5,000 (to be distributed to one student)          
The Michael and Bente Connellan Bursary £4,000 (to be awarded to one student)                
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Bursary Up to £2,000                
The Frances Lowe Bursary

Up to £5,000 (likely to be split between two or more students)

         
The Horology Bursary Up to £20,000 

(likely to be split between two or more students)

               
The George Daniels Horology Bursary Up to £20,000 

(likely to be split between two or more students)

               
Derek Hill Foundation Bursary £3,000              

 

READ THE FULL ARTS SCHOLARSHIP AND BURSARY INFORMATION

Arts Scholarships

All scholars are expected to agree to the terms and conditions.

Please note: applicants should not apply directly to the funding organisation for any of the scholarship awards listed here.

The Arts Society Sussex Scholarship

Value: TBC by the funder

The Arts Society Sussex scholarship will be awarded to a student studying an accredited programme – Foundation Degree Arts, Graduate Diploma or MA Conservation Studies, Graduate Diploma Fine Art or the Master of Fine Art.

Students must demonstrate financial need and excellence and should come from a region in which The Arts Society has a presence (New Zealand, Malaysia, Malta, Gibraltar, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Canada). 

Application: Individuals who have submitted an application to study on one of the programmes outlined above can apply for the award. Applications are considered by the Grants Committee, and a recommendation is made to The Arts Society Sussex for approval.

Terms: The award is for one academic year. Awardees must produce a report in February and at the end of the academic year.

The BASET Endeavour Award

This will be awarded to an Australian national wishing to study on those qualifying programmes listed in West Dean's School of Conservation programme or on a Foundation Degree in Arts course (within the School of Arts).

The Britain Australia Society Education Trust (BASET) offers financial support to talented and deserving young people with skills and a passion in the applied creative industries. BASET supports these people to study and train on the other side of the world in order to increase those skills and to share knowledge and ideas - ultimately taking those skills home to continue their work while building valuable links between Britain and Australia.

"We are two great nations with strong connections and a bilateral desire to promote, maintain, preserve and conserve historical objects, artefacts and creative trades. BASET provides financial sponsorship where it "makes the difference" to support talented young people, both for the benefit of themselves and society as a whole."

Value: £10,000 per academic year

Application: Australian nationals wishing to study on any programme within qualifying School of Conservation Programmes or on a Foundation Degree in Arts course, are invited to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the applicant will be sent to BASET for its approval before the award is made. BASET's decision is final.

Terms: The award is for one or two academic years depending on course duration, and will be paid directly to West Dean College. The applicant recognises that some additional funding from personal sources may be required and that transport, visa and living costs are the responsibility of the applicant. The successful applicant must provide regular updates to BASET and must produce an end of year report in their final term. They will be invited to be a part of the BASET community during their time in the UK.

The Worshipful Company of Cutlers Langdon Dowsett Scholarship

Value: £1,000

The Worshipful Company of Cutlers Langdon Dowsett Scholarship will be awarded to a student under the age of 30 studying on either the FdA in Metalwork, the Graduate Diploma in Conservation of Metalwork or the Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation of Metalwork.

Application: Metalwork students applying to any of the above programmes are welcome to apply for this Scholarship. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and a recommendation will be made to the Worshipful Company of Cutlers for approval.

Terms: The award is for one academic year; paid directly to West Dean College. Scholars are invited to attend the annual Scholars and Prize-winners Reception hosted by the Company, usually held in October. The scholar will be expected to produce an end of year report in the final term.

Arts Bursaries

All bursary-funded students are expected to agree to the terms and conditions.

The Edward James Foundation Bursary Fund

If you need assistance to fund your studies, you can apply for a bursary from The Edward James Foundation Bursary Fund once you have accepted a place to study at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. The Fund is financed by donations both from The Edward James Foundation itself as part of its charitable objectives and by other organisations and individuals who have made generous donations or bequests to support students.

Applicants should demonstrate a clear financial need and preference will be given to students who show that they are pursuing all possible avenues for raising the funds they will need, including applications to other grant-making trusts, part-time or holiday work and/or student loans. Preference will also be shown to students who have the potential to make a significant contribution to their chosen field.

Grants are given based on individual need. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they can finance any remaining accommodation and tuition fees not covered by their bursary award. The Grants Committee cannot consider an application without this information.

The Behrens Foundation

Value: £5,000 (to be distributed to one student)

Available to students studying on the Graduate Diploma or MA in Conservation Studies or the FdA (all pathways). Applicants should demonstrate a clear financial need. In order to offer maximum impact from the award, students of any age or nationality are eligible to apply. 

Applications: Individuals studying on a relevant conservation or historic craft practice programme are eligible to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the nominees will be sent to the The Behrens Foundation for their records.

Terms: Students are required to complete an end of year report on completion of the academic year in which they receive bursary support.

The Michael and Bente Connellan Bursary

Value: £4,000 (awarded to one student)

Michael Connellan, 1924–2020 | Bente Connellan (née Juhl), 1924–2008

Michael Connellan was an instrument maker and educator who died in 2020, at the age of ninety-six. Throughout his life he was passionate about making and creating things. In his youth he built canoes and sailing boats which he sailed on the nearby Thames Estuary. After serving in the Royal Navy during the war, he started working as a farmer, when he met Bente Juhl, a Danish interior designer. They married in 1953. She helped broaden his horizons and encouraged and supported him in training to become a teacher. Later, he built the family home (where he lived the rest of his life) and became a prolific painter, sculptor and writer. Bente enthusiastically participated in many of these creative endeavours and made her own exquisite drawings and paintings.

As a young man, Michael picked up a violin and taught himself to play. So began a lifelong love affair with Baroque music (he particularly loved Bach) and stringed instruments. Michael would play violin, viola and double bass in various local orchestras, quartets and even a music hall band. He also loved to play his virginals and harpsichord – attempting to master Scarlatti, his favourite composer for the harpsichord.

After a long career as a school teacher, Michael retired early so that he could concentrate on his second career as a stringed instrument maker. He trained on Julia Barker’s Cambridge Violin Makers courses and went on to make well over a hundred violins and violas, and a number of cellos, viols and lutes. As each instrument neared completion, he would play it ‘in the white’ for Bente to make a final judgement on the new instrument’s qualities. Michael was always keen to pass on his knowledge and skills by inviting young makers to work alongside him in his workshop and to make an instrument of their own. It is because of his passion for instrument making and learning that his three children, Lise, Patrick and Catriona, thought it fitting that some of their mother’s and father’s legacy be used as a bursary to support a young instrument maker.

Criteria: The award is available to a student entering the FdA Musical Instruments for the 2021-22 academic year. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in orchestral stringed musical instruments.  Preference will be given to an applicant from an underrepresented group as defined by the Office for Students, who can demonstrate financial need, a commitment to their studies and a clear aim for career development. Preference will also be given to an applicant who has an interest in making bowed stringed instruments. 

Application: Individuals starting on the FdA Musical Instruments are eligible to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and recommendations are made to the funders for a final decision.

Terms: The award is for one academic year. The successful student must produce a report in the final term.

Bursary for the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FDAD)

Value: up to £2,000

Bursaries are available for talented students aged 18-30 who are unable to pay the full fees.

Application: Applicants who have accepted a place to study on the FDAD programme can apply for a bursary. Applications are considered by the Grants Committee and can be submitted at any time of year.

Terms: Successful students must produce a report detailing the courses they have undertaken as a result of the bursary funding.

Please note: applicants should not apply directly to the funding organisation for any of the bursaries listed below.

The Frances Lowe Bursary

Value: £5,000 (likely to be split between two or more students)

Available to students studying arts on the FDAD and DACC programmes, Graduate Diploma and MA students studying Fine Art will also be considered. Applicants should demonstrate talent and a commitment to their future career development. Applications are particularly encouraged from younger students (18-30).

Application: Individuals studying on a relevant art programme are eligible to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and recommendations are made to the funders for a final decision.

The Horology Bursary

Value: up to £20,000

The Horology Bursary will be awarded to a student studying on one of the Clocks programmes, the FdA, Graduate Diploma or MA. Applicants should demonstrate excellent potential, a commitment to their studies and a clear aim for career development.

Application: Individuals studying on a Clocks are eligible to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and a recommendation is made on to the funder of The Horology Bursary.

The George Daniels Educational Trust Horology Bursary

Value: up to £20,000 (may be distributed up to 2 students)

Application: Individuals studying on the FdA Clocks, Professional Development Diploma, Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies or MA Conservation Studies – Clocks specialism.

Applicants should demonstrate excellent potential, a commitment to their studies and a clear aim for career development. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the nominees will be sent to The George Daniels Educational Trust for their records.

The bursary can be used to pay for tuition fees and/or living expenses.

Derek Hill Foundation Bursary

Value: £3,000 (to be distributed to up to three students)

The Derek Hill Foundation Bursary will be given to a student studying Fine Arts, focussing on painting or drawing or sculpture or interdisciplinary mix of the two. This is not available to students practising tapestry or textile art. Students must demonstrate financial need. Applicants can be of any age or nationality. 

Application: Students on the Fine Arts programme specialising in painting, drawing or sculpture or an interdisciplinary mix of the two are eligible to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the nominee will be sent to The Derek Hill Foundation for their records.

Terms: This bursary is for one academic year. The successful student must produce a report in the final term.

(Information last updated 15 March 2021)

Short Course Bursaries

If you would like to develop your creative skills on a short course but are unable to afford the full fees, bursary opportunities are available.  These include bursaries for specialist conservation short courses, music summer schools, textiles courses, and the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, and special groups including teachers and young people.

Find out more about short course bursaries

Other Sources of Funding

There are a number of further funders who share our passion for conservation and creativity. Students should apply to these funders directly.

Read more about other sources of funding

School of Conservation

The Anna Plowden Trust offers bursaries towards the fees for attending a full-time UK training course in the conservation of the movable heritage, such as paintings, textiles, archaeological objects. It also offers Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Grants to enable practising conservators to take advantage of CPD opportunities by contributing towards the cost of short courses and attending conferences. The Trust does not offer bursaries or grants for courses on the conservation of the built heritage.

Sussex Heritage Trust Bursary Scheme is open to any candidates aged 18 or over, with no upper age limit. The Trust’s Bursary Committee will consider funding the costs of one course for an individual studying on the Professional Development Diploma in Historic Building Conservation and Repair or an individual studying on a short course relating to construction, conservation and architectural heritage. 

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) funds the education of talented craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters.

The Furniture Makers's Company provide bursaries to MA students on a furniture related course. For more information, email grantsandeducation@furnituremakers.org.uk

The George Daniels' Educational Trust aims to encourage and financially assist students with grants and bursaries for training in all aspects of horology.

The Printing Charity  offers an annual Print Futures Award, supporting UK residents aged 18 to 30 who are starting out or already working in the print, paper, publishing, packaging, and graphic arts sector.

York Foundation for Conservation and Craftsmanship bursaries are available to craftspeople and conservators who would like assistance to further their skills and knowledge as well as to organisations who would like to take on trainees.

The Zibby Garnett Travel Fellowship is a charity giving financial help to individual students and apprentices to broaden their understanding of conservation worldwide. The students travel to relevant countries of interest, studying regional heritage craft and conservation techniques, and bring these skills back to the UK. 

School of Arts

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) as above, makes awards to craftsmen and women of all ages to help them further their careers.

The Eaton Fund provides funding for artists (not performing) e.g. painters, potters, sculptors and photographers. Funding given for materials and equipment.

The Printing Charity  as above, offers an annual Print Futures Award, supporting UK residents aged 18 to 30 who are starting out or already working in the print, paper, publishing, packaging, and graphic arts sector.

RAB Trust (Rowan Armour-Brown) offers a number of annual awards to students of violin making at UK Colleges. Their financial grants typically help to fund the purchase of woods or tools, or underwrite the cost of a specific project. The Trust does not cover tuition fees or normal living expenses. 

The Terence Pamplin Award is made every other year to encourage excellence in research in organology (the science and history of the development and construction of all acoustic musical instruments and their use) and musicology as it links to acoustic music instrument technology. It consists of a cheque and certificate confirming the award. The next Award will be made in 2021.

The Textile Society is committed to supporting and developing the study of textiles in the UK and awards bursaries supporting internships or apprenticeships and BA or MA final year projects or dissertations. Students undertaking any UK educational textile/fashion or related course are eligible.

The following websites may also be useful when searching for funding:

Yorkshire Ladies Council of Education offers education awards to women.

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 of Arts and Conservation is an approved supplier (ELC no. 3280). Up to £2,000 per ELC claim available.

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary (worth £500) - The closing date for all entries for postgraduate courses starting in Autumn 2021 or January 2022 is 14 September 2021.

Student Cashpoint has information and advice about budgeting and applying for funding.

Turn 2 Us provides information and advice about grants and benefits.

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.

If you are applying from Australia, note the BASET Endeavour Award in the tables above.

You can also enquire with your own Ministry or Department of Education, as they may have details of scholarship opportunities for students wishing to study overseas.

The British Council can provide you with a basic guide for possible sources of funding for international students who want to study in the UK.

Council for International Student Affairs guides international students looking for loans, welfare benefits and scholarships.

See also:

The Anglo-Danish Society 

Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund

Commonwealth Scholarships

The Elizabeth Greenshields Award

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Scholarship

The George Alexander Foundation Scholarship

Student Loans

If you are a UK/EU student applying for the Foundation Degree or a Graduate Diploma you may be eligible to apply for a Student Loan (tuition fees and/or maintenance loans) from the Student Loans Company as long as you haven't previously received a Student Loan. Visit GOV.UK Student Loans Company.

Postgraduate loans: If you are a UK/EU student you may be able to get a postgraduate loan of up to £11,222 to help with postgraduate course fees and living costs. Visit GOV.UK What You'll Get.

Please note that the availability of all student funding is subject to annual approval in line with the conditions for course designation set by the Department for Education.

Helpful tips for applying for funding

  • Identify a list of potential funders who are interested in your area of work and whose criteria you meet. Funds are competitive so you should apply to as many of them as possible.
  • Read the guidelines carefully and provide all the information they require. Submit your application in good time before any deadline.
  • Where requested, provide clear information about your financial need. Most funders want to be sure that you need their support and to see what effort you have made to raise at least part of the cost of your fees yourself. This underlines your commitment to your studies.
  • Make it easy for the funder to get to know you in your personal statement. It's you they will be investing in, so let them get to know about you, your passions and your goals and ambitions.
  • Your application must be typed, the Grants Committee cannot accept handwritten forms.
  • Always proof-read and spell-check your application!

Apply for funding at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation by downloading the application form/s. Once completed, send to Charlotte Pede, Admissions Officer, e-mail admissions@westdean.org.uk.

FAQs

I am applying to West Dean for funding. When should I apply?

You usually apply for funding as soon as you have received an offer of a course place using the forms on our website. The funding deadlines are 1 April and 1 August, but these can change each year. The College Grants Committee meets after these dates to review all applications and allocate funding.

How has Brexit affected EU student application and funding?

EU students need to apply for a student visa, the same process as an international student, and most EU students no longer have ‘home fee status’ or guaranteed access to UK financial support. They therefore need to access funding as an international student.

I am an international student. Am I eligible to receive funding support from West Dean College?

Yes – the College can support the funding of our international students. Some organisations are only able to fund UK residents, and this is specified in their criteria. We always recommend checking sources within your home country and always apply for funding before you arrive in UK. The British Council and UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has very useful information about applying for grants. Read more about funding for international students.

Student Experiences

"Studying a second year at West Dean would not have been possible without the funding I have received, so I wanted to take this opportunity to thank my funders […] the backing you provide makes a real impact. Being able to study conservation full time for two years before working means that knowledge and skills which may be very time-intensive to acquire, can be learnt and honed without the worry of also trying to make sure they are being practised profitably at the same time."
Kate (MA Conservation Studies)

"The funding that has [been] provided has been such an extraordinary gift. To help enable someone to study, and practise something that they love, [is] lighting the way to […] a future career that couldn't be seen before."
Jane (Fine Art)

Bursary and scholarship terms and conditions

If you are applying for funding through one of our bursaries or scholarships, please read our T&Cs before completing your application.

Read the full T&Cs

  1. Any recipient of an Edward James Foundation scholarship or bursary award who is deemed to be in breach of the Student Code of Conduct and attendance, or who withdraws from study without a valid reason as accepted by the College, or who fails to meet the report submission deadlines may be liable to reimburse the full value of the scholarship or bursary, and/or have their funding withdrawn.
  2. The recipient must accept the scholarship or bursary offer by returning a signed copy of the Scholarship/Bursary Acceptance Form as indicated in the offer letter.
  3. The recipient agrees to keep the Edward James Foundation bursary award confidential from fellow students. Failure to do so may lead to its withdrawal. This condition does not apply to the Scholarship awards.
  4. The recipient agrees to inform the College immediately should he/she receive any additional tuition fee funding from other sources, including any provisional offers.
  5. In the event that the recipient is successful in achieving tuition fee funding from other sources, the Grants Committee reserves the right to adjust the bursary if the total amount achieved exceeds the full tuition fees.
  6. The recipient agrees to write a thank you letter and any progress reports for donors, using an existing template and to agreed deadlines, as required. The recipient will be informed by the College in writing of the report requirements and deadlines. Failure to meet a deadline may result in the withdrawal of funding.
  7. The recipient agrees to support the College in reasonable promotional and/or marketing purposes or any other events where the recipient can make a positive contribution towards College life during the academic year including, for example, participation in a maximum of three College or external promotional events, providing quotations for marketing and promotional purposes and assistance with recruiting prospective students. Any activities will be discussed and mutually agreed between the recipient and the College at the beginning of the academic year or when the need for student support arises.
  8. The recipient agrees to take part in promotional activities supporting the diploma and degree programmes for two years after completion of the course. The College may ask recipients to feature in press stories or to give up to a maximum of two talks or presentations in their home country. The costs for any promotional activities initiated by the College will be covered by the College.
  9. The recipient agrees to submit two progress reports to the College annually by December and June on his/her employment status and on any particular successes in his/her field for the duration of two years after completion of the course. These reports will be shared with the funders.
  10. The College will deduct awarded scholarships(*) and bursaries from the tuition fees and will specify in the offer letter the amount that will be deducted from the Summer term, Spring term and/or Autumn term fees. Scholarships and Bursaries will ordinarily be deducted from the Summer term tuition fees, with any remaining funds to be subsequently deducted from the Spring term and finally the Autumn term if applicable.
  11. By accepting this award the recipient declares that he/she has provided all relevant information to the College. Such information includes details of any criminal conviction or ongoing legal proceedings, or particular matters that may harm the reputation of the College and which would cause the College to reconsider the offer. The recipient also declares that no other application has been refused by another educational institution on such grounds.
  12. The College reserves the right to amend the above terms and conditions at any time.

(*) Different conditions apply for the Leche Trust Scholarship and the Skinners’ Atwell Bursary.