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 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.
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. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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)