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 three 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 is 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.

There are also funding opportunities for international students.

"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

2019/20 Funding available by Course (Conservation)

2019/20 Funding available by Course (Arts)

Key Information

New West Dean College Bursaries are now available:

  • Up to £2,000 for new applicants to study MA Collections Care and Conservation Management (p/t).
  • Up to £5,000 for new applicants to study FdA Historic Craft Practices - specialising in Clocks or Metalwork.
  • Up to £5,000 for new international applicants to our full-time degree or diploma programmes (except for Books). Update 28/5/19: the Britain-Australia Society Education Trust (BASET) have pledged to match fund our West Dean College - International bursary award for any Australian student accepted on a degree or diploma programme for September 2019 start at the College. This increases the funding available to Australian students to £10,000. Please submit your West Dean Bursary application form with your study application.
  • The Horology Bursary offers up to £20,000.

** Derek Hill Foundation Bursary - to be distributed between up to three students.
*** The Skinners' Company, Lawrence Atwell's Charity Awards for Excellence - to be distributed between up to three students.

Download Edward James Foundation Bursary Application Form

Download West Dean College Bursary Application Form

Download Scholarship and Bursary Application Form

Full Scholarship and Bursary Information

Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions

Short Course Student Bursaries

Several bursaries are available to support students who would like to develop their creative skills on a short course, but are unable to afford the full fees. As well as short courses, specialist bursaries are also available for help with study on music summer schools, textiles courses, and the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Find out more about short course bursaries

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.

International students applying to study any of our full-time degree or diploma programmes, can apply for the West Dean College Bursary, worth up £5,000.

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.

See also:

Download the bursary application form for international students

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:

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.

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

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

The Stationers' Company Offers a number of scholarships and awards to those whose courses relate to the Communications and Content industries.

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

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.

The following websites may be useful for other potential funding sources:

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

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

Student Loans Company

Prospective UK resident students applying for the Foundation Degree course or a Graduate Diploma course may be eligible to apply for a Tuition Fee and/or Maintenance Loan from the Student Loans Company as long as they haven't previously received a Student Loan. Visit GOV.UK Student finance.

Postgraduate loans

If you are a UK student and plan to take a postgraduate Master's course you may be able to get a postgraduate loan of up to £10,906 to help with course fees and living costs. Visit GOV.UK Funding for postgraduate study.

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 guidance 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 completed form/s. Once completed, send to Charlotte Pede, Admissions Officer, e-mail admissions@westdean.org.uk.

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 practiced in a profitable way 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 practice something that they love, [is] lighting the way to […] a future career that couldn't be seen before."
Jane (Fine Art)

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