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:
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
|Worshipful Company of Cutlers Langdon Dowsett Scholarship||£500||✓||✓|
|The South Square Trust||£12,000 (for up to two students)||✓||✓|
|Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers||£1,000||✓|
|Britain Australia Society Trust Endeavour Award (for an Australian student)||£10,000||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|The Skinners' Company, Lawrence Atwell's Charity Awards for Excellence||£15,000 (for up to three students age 28 and under)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|The Stationers Foundation||£6,000
(for applicants aged 30 and under)
|The Horology Bursary||Up to £20,000||✓||✓|
|Edward James Foundation Bursary Fund||Based on individual need||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Scholarships||Historic Craft Practices||FDAD||DACC||Fine Art||Creative Writing and Publishing|
|Worshipful Company of Cutlers Langdon Dowsett||£500||✓|
|The South Square Trust||£12,000 (for up to two students)||✓|
Britain Australia Society Trust Endeavour Award (for an Australian student)
|Bursaries||Historic Craft Practices||FDAD||DACC||Fine Art||Creative Writing and Publishing|
|The Horology Bursary||Up to £20,000||✓|
|Derek Hill Foundation||£3,000 (up to three students)||✓||✓|
|The Skinners' Company, Lawrence Atwell's Charity Awards For Excellence||£15,000 (up to three students)||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Frances Lowe Bursary||TBC||✓||✓|
|Edward James Foundation||Based on individual need||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Bursary||Up to £2,000||✓|
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 conservation short courses, music summer schools, textiles courses, and the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.Find out more about short course bursaries
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 provides guidance for international students looking for loans, welfare benefits and scholarships.
See also:Download the bursary application form for international students
There are a number of further funders who share our passion for conservation and creativity. Students should apply to these funders directly:
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 email@example.com
The George Daniels' Educational Trust aims to encourage and financially assist students with grants and bursaries for training in all aspects of horology.
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 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.
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 following websites may be useful for other potential funding sources:
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.
Student Cashpoint has information and advice about budgeting and applying for funding.
Turn 2 Us provides information and advice about grants and benefits.
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 finance.
Postgraduate loans: If you are a UK/EU student you may be able to get a postgraduate loan of up to £10,906 to help with postgraduate 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.
"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)