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Student Funding

There are a number of bursaries and scholarships managed by us that are now open for applications to courses across the School of Conservation, the School of Arts and KLC School of Design.

Find scholarships and bursaries available by selecting your subject area of study below

Ceramics

Creative Writing & Publishing

Furniture

Garden Design

Historic Building Conservation and Repair

Interior Design

Metalwork

Musical Instruments

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 conservation training course in the UK. Applications are considered from those who wish to embark on a career in conservation or from existing conservators who need to broaden the base of their formal training by attending a course for at least one year.

Applications are now open for Plowden Scholarships for study during 2024-25. If you are studying the Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms and are finding it hard to finance your studies and you meet the criteria, you should apply.

Please read the FAQs first and pease note, it is very important that when applying to the Trust that your completed application form is accompanied by a letter endorsing it, which should come from the leader of the course you are hoping to attend, and one other reference. A letter that simply states that you have a place on the course is not sufficient. Please apply directly to the Trust using this link
Deadline to apply for funding towards study during 2024-25 is 3 June 2024


Sussex Heritage Trust Bursary Scheme is open to any candidates aged 18 or over. 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. If you wish to be considered for a Sussex Heritage Trust Bursary, please follow the application guidelines.


Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST)
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR QEST SCHOLARSHIPS AND WILL CLOSE MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY AT 5PM.
Talented and aspiring candidates can apply for up to £18,000 to further their education through traditional college courses, vocational training, apprenticeships or one-to-one training with master craftsmen and contribute to excellence in the British craft industry. For further details and how to apply please visit www.qest.org.uk and www.qest.org.uk/apply/scholarships

To support applicants in preparing their application for QEST’s Spring funding round, they held an online zoom session on Friday 19 January from 1-2pm. If you wish to access a copy of the recording, please email [email protected]

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR QEST EMERGING MAKER GRANTS AND WILL CLOSE ON MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY AT 5PM. The funding supports talented early-career craftspeople in their development. Makers with four years or less of professional practice, who have a strong connection to materials, technical skills and processes, can apply for up to £10,000. The grant is not suitable for individuals who are just starting out or pursuing making as a hobby. For further details and how to apply please visit www.qest.org.uk/apply/emerging-maker-grants/

To support applicants in preparing their application for QEST’s Spring funding round, they held an online zoom session on Monday 15 January from 1-2pm. If you wish to access a copy of the recording, please email [email protected]

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR QEST APPRENTICESHIPS AND WILL CLOSE ON MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY AT 5PM. The funding supports the training and education of aspiring craftspeople. The application process involves a collaborative effort between a micro-business or sole trader based in the UK and the individual apprentice. It is a joint application that demonstrates the commitment of both parties to the development and growth of the apprentice's craft skills.

To support applicants in preparing their application for QEST’s Spring funding round, they held an online zoom session on Wednesday 24 January from 1-2pm. If you wish to access a copy of the recording, please email [email protected]


York Consortium for Craft and Conservation (formerly the York Foundation) provides annual bursaries to support training and skills development in heritage conservation and the craft skills vital for its preservation. Applicants connected with the Yorkshire and northern regions are particularly welcome – whether from there, based there, or working there. Further details, eligibility and how to apply.
The application round for 2024 opens 3 January 2024 to 31 March 2024.


The Leathersellers’ Foundation Student Grants Programmes
The Undergraduate Student Grants Programme for care leavers and/or former students of the Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools and Colfe’s School is open for applications.

To be eligible to apply for a student grant of up to £5,000 for the academic year 2024-25 you must be going to study an undergraduate degree full-time at a university in the UK, be in financial need of support and have ambitions to have a positive impact on society in the future.

Applications will close at 5pm on Thursday 21st March 2024. You can find all the details, including a timeline of the process, a word version of the application form and more on our website: leathersellers.co.uk/education-student-grants/

School of Arts

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST)
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR QEST SCHOLARSHIPS AND WILL CLOSE MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY AT 5PM.
Talented and aspiring candidates can apply for up to £18,000 to further their education through traditional college courses, vocational training, apprenticeships or one-to-one training with master craftsmen and contribute to excellence in the British craft industry. For further details and how to apply please visit www.qest.org.uk and www.qest.org.uk/apply/scholarships

To support applicants in preparing their application for QEST’s Spring funding round, they held an online zoom session on Friday 19 January from 1-2pm. If you wish to access a copy of the recording, please email [email protected]

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR QEST EMERGING MAKER GRANTS AND WILL CLOSE ON MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY AT 5PM. The funding supports talented early-career craftspeople in their development. Makers with four years or less of professional practice, who have a strong connection to materials, technical skills and processes, can apply for up to £10,000. The grant is not suitable for individuals who are just starting out or pursuing making as a hobby. For further details and how to apply please visit www.qest.org.uk/apply/emerging-maker-grants/

To support applicants in preparing their application for QEST’s Spring funding round, they held an online zoom session on Monday 15 January from 1-2pm. If you wish to access a copy of the recording, please email [email protected]

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR QEST APPRENTICESHIPS AND WILL CLOSE ON MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY AT 5PM. The funding supports the training and education of aspiring craftspeople. The application process involves a collaborative effort between a micro-business or sole trader based in the UK and the individual apprentice. It is a joint application that demonstrates the commitment of both parties to the development and growth of the apprentice's craft skills.

To support applicants in preparing their application for QEST’s Spring funding round, they held an online zoom session on Wednesday 24 January from 1-2pm. If you wish to access a copy of the recording, please email [email protected]


York Consortium for Craft and Conservation (formerly the York Foundation) provides annual bursaries to support training and skills development in heritage conservation and the craft skills vital for its preservation. Applicants connected with the Yorkshire and northern regions are particularly welcome – whether from there, based there, or working there. Further details, eligibility and how to apply.
The application round for 2024 opens 3 January 2024 to 31 March 2024.


The Leathersellers’ Foundation Student Grants Programmes
The Undergraduate Student Grants Programme for care leavers and/or former students of the Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools and Colfe’s School is open for applications.

To be eligible to apply for a student grant of up to £5,000 for the academic year 2024-25 you must be going to study an undergraduate degree full-time at a university in the UK, be in financial need of support and have ambitions to have a positive impact on society in the future.

Applications will close at 5pm on Thursday 21st March 2024. You can find all the details, including a timeline of the process, a word version of the application form and more on our website: leathersellers.co.uk/education-student-grants/


Heritage Crafts training bursary
Heritage Crafts has launched a new training bursary of up to £4,000 each for two applicants who are new or early-career musical instrument makers. Application deadline 5pm on 23 February 2024.

Heritage Crafts is the national charity for traditional heritage crafts and skills. Working in partnership with Government and key agencies, they provide a focus for craftspeople, groups, societies and guilds, as well as individuals who care about the loss of traditional crafts skills, working towards a healthy and sustainable framework for the future. 

Throughout the year Heritage Crafts offer a series of funding and award opportunities to new and emerging makers across the UK to support their journey. These include training bursaries, grants within our Endangered Craft Fund and a series of recognition awards including young makers and new and emerging talent. Find out more about current opportunities.

Funding for international students

Please check the criteria and application details of the scholarships and bursaries listed above to see if you are eligible to apply.

If you need inspiration for other sources of funding check out the following list.

Be mindful that 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.

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.

Student loans

If you are a UK 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. Some EU students may also be eligible (for example EU students with Leave to Remain). Visit GOV.UK Student Loans Company. Please note: If you are eligible and successful with your application the tuition fee student loan is capped at £6,000 for full-time courses and £4,500 for part-time courses.

Postgraduate loans: If you are a UK student you may be able to get a postgraduate loan of up to £11,836 to help with postgraduate course fees and living costs. Some EU students may also be eligible (for example EU students with Leave to Remain). 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 by downloading the application form/s. Once completed, send to The Academic Registry at [email protected]

Step by step: Securing funding for your studies

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.

Can I apply for a bursary before I make a course application so I know how much I need to fund myself?

You can only apply for a bursary or scholarship once you have been offered a place. Our funding opportunities change regularly as new funding organisations come on board. We want our applicants to have access to new bursaries as they become available and we constantly update our website to reflect this. On applying for the course, if you don’t know how you are going to fund your studies, you can indicate an estimated amount or say that funding is being applied for.  

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)

Arts scholarships & bursaries

Applicable courses

Scholarships and Bursaries 2024-25

Art, Design & Contemporary Craft pathways

 

Value

FDAD

BA (Hons)

Art & Contemporary Craft

Graduate Diploma Fine Art

MFA

West Dean College Scholarship 
(application deadline 1 Apr '24)

50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees

 

The Edward James Foundation Bursary
(application deadline 1 Apr '24 and 1 Aug '24)

Based on individual

need

 

Derek Hill Foundation Bursary (application deadline 1 Apr ‘24)

£3,000 (to be awarded to one student)

 

 

The Frances Lowe Bursary
(application deadline 1 April ’24)

£6,000 (to be distributed normally between two students)

Student Parent Bursary
(application deadline 1 Apr '24)

£3,300 (to be distributed to up to two students)

 

 

 

To apply for the Edward James Foundation Bursary, please complete this application form.

To apply for the West Dean College Scholarship, please complete this application form.

For all other funding, please complete this application form.

Funding criteria

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

Please note: To ensure you are eligible to apply for the scholarship you are interested in, please review the information on the application form in conjunction with the scholarship and bursary information on this page. Applicants should not apply directly to the funding organisation for any of the scholarship awards listed below.

The Edward James Foundation Bursary
Value: Grants are given based on individual need
Deadline: 1 April and 1 August 2024

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 or KLC School of Design. 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.

West Dean College Scholarship
Value: One award of a 50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees (on campus accommodation only, meals not included) 
Deadline: 1 April 2024

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support to students from underrepresented groups in Higher Education as set out in the College’s Access and Participation Strategy Statement.

Candidates who have accepted their place on a Diploma or Degree Programme and paid their deposit can apply for The West Dean College Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.  All bursary and scholarship offers are subject to Terms and Conditions. Students who are offered a scholarship will be asked to sign an acceptance form. 

The Derek Hill Foundation Bursary
Value: £3,000 (to be award to one student)
Deadline: 1 April 2024

Available to students studying on the Graduate Diploma Fine Art, Master of Fine Art  or Master of Fine Art Blended Delivery.

Applicants can be of any age but must be from the UK or Ireland and must demonstrate financial need .

The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the nominees 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 Autumn Term and further report in the Summer Term.

The Frances Lowe Bursary
Value: £6,000 (to be distributed normally between two students)
Deadline: 1 April 2024

Available to students studying the following arts programmes - Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FDAD); BA (Hons) Art and Contemporary Craft: Materials, Making and Place; Graduate Diploma Fine Art; Master of Fine Art. Applicants should hold UK Nationality, demonstrate talent and a commitment to their future career development and a clear financial need. Applications are particularly encouraged from younger students (18-30).

Application: Individuals studying on a relevant arts 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.

Terms: The award is 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.

Student Parent Bursary
Value: £3,300 (to be distributed to up to two students)
Deadline: 1 April 2024

If you are a student parent who has accepted a place to study the Graduate Diploma Fine Art, Master of Fine Art or Master of Fine Art – blended delivery and need financial assistance to help you fund your course fees, freeing up your own funds for childcare costs, you can apply for the Student Parent Bursary.

Application: Student parents who have accepted a place to study on the Graduate Diploma Fine Art, Master of Fine Art, or Master of Fine Art – blended delivery, who need financial assistance to help fund their course fees, freeing up their own funds for childcare costs, are eligible to apply for this award. Applicants must mention in the Personal Statement section of the scholarship and bursary application form that they have children dependent on them for childcare costs. Do not include names, dates of birth, other personal information of those in your care. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and agree the successful recipient(s). Details such as name and course may be shared with the funder.

Terms: The award is for one academic year and successful awarded students are encouraged to reapply for the following academic year. The successful applicant will be expected to produce an end of year report in the final term.

Funding terms & conditions

Books scholarships & bursaries

Discover funding options for students studying for one of our Degree and Diploma courses in Books, Binding & Library Materials

Applicable courses

Scholarships and Bursaries 2024-25

Books pathways

 

Value

Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies - Books & Library Materials

MA Conservation Studies - Books & Library Materials

Foundation Degree in Arts - Books & Binding

BA (Hons) Craft Practices

West Dean College Scholarship
(application deadline 1 Apr '24)

50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees

 

The Edward James Foundation Bursary
(application deadline 1 Apr '24 and 1 Aug '24)

Based on individual

need

The Radcliffe Trust Bursary

(applications open 2 Apr '24 deadline 1 Aug'24)

£4,000 (to be awarded to one student)

 

Books and Binding FdA Bursary (tbc)

£10,000 (to be shared between two students)

 

 

 

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars West Dean Accommodation Bursary (tbc)

£9,000

 

 

The BASET Endeavour Heritage Award
(application deadline 1 Apr '24)

£10,000 per academic year (for up to two students)

 

The Behrens Foundation

(application deadline 1 Apr '24)

£15,000 (to be divided to up to three students)

 

International Conservation Services Bursary (tbc)

£5,000

 

 

 

MA Conservation Studies Books and Library Materials and Ceramics and Related Objects Bursary (application deadline 1 Apr' 24)

£5,000 to be awarded to one student

 

 

 

 

To apply for the Edward James Foundation Bursary, please complete this application form.

To apply for the West Dean College Scholarship, please complete this application form.

For all other funding, please complete this application form.

Funding criteria

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

Please note: To ensure you are eligible to apply for the scholarship you are interested in, please review the information on the application form in conjunction with the scholarship and bursary information on this page. Applicants should not apply directly to the funding organisation for any of the scholarship awards listed below.

The Edward James Foundation Bursary
Value: Grants are given based on individual need
Deadline: 1 April and 1 August 2024

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 or KLC School of Design. 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.

West Dean College Scholarship
Value: One award of a 50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees (on campus accommodation only, meals not included) 
Deadline: 1 April 2024

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support to students from underrepresented groups in Higher Education as set out in the College’s Access and Participation Strategy Statement.

Candidates who have accepted their place on a Diploma or Degree Programme and paid their deposit can apply for The West Dean College Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.  All bursary and scholarship offers are subject to Terms and Conditions. Students who are offered a scholarship will be asked to sign an acceptance form. 

The Radcliffe Trust Bursary 
Value: £4,000 (to be awarded to one student)
Applications open: 2 April 2024. Deadline: 1 August 2024

The Radcliffe Trust Bursary will be awarded to a student studying the Foundation Degree Arts – all pathways, Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies, or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms. Applicants should demonstrate excellent potential, a commitment to their studies and a clear aim for career development whilst at the same time finding it difficult to find the funds for their fees. 

Application: Students on the Foundation Degree Art – all pathways, Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies, or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms are eligible to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the nominees will be sent to The Radcliffe Trust for their records.

Terms: The award is for one academic year. The successful student must produce a report mid-summer term.

Books and Binding FdA Bursary
Value: £10,000 (to be shared between two students)
Deadline: TBC

The Books and Binding FdA Bursary will be awarded to students studying the Foundation Degree Arts (FdA) Books and Binding pathway. Applicants must demonstrate ambition, a commitment to their studies, outstanding potential and a clear financial need for whom the remainder of the funding can be met from elsewhere. Students of any age or nationality are eligible to apply.

Application: Individuals studying on the FdA Books and Binding pathway are eligible to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and agree the successful recipient(s). Details such as name and course may be shared with the funder. Students are required to complete an end of year report on completion of the academic year in which they receive bursary support. This will be shared with the bursary funder.

Terms: The award is for one academic year. The successful applicant will be expected to produce an end of year report in the final term.

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars West Dean Accommodation Bursary
Value: £9,000 to one student
Deadline: TBC

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars bursary will be awarded to a student studying the Foundation Degree Arts (FdA) Books and Binding, Clocks, Furniture or Metalwork pathway or the Graduate Diploma (GD) Conservation Studies Books, Ceramics, Clocks, Furniture or Metalwork specialism. Preference will be given to a student who holds UK Nationality or who has been mainly educated in the UK, who is aged under 25 on 1st September 2023 (though applicants aged between 25 and 30 will be considered). Students must demonstrate outstanding potential and financial need, whilst at the same time finding it difficult to find the funds for living expenses.

Application: Students meeting the above criteria are welcome to apply for this bursary. The West Dean College Grants Committee will consider the applications and a recommendation will be made to The Arts Scholars Company for approval.

The BASET Endeavour Heritage Award
Value: £10,000 match funded with the Edward James Foundation to be divided between two students. Where only one student, the award will be £5,000 match funded.
Deadline: 1 April 2024

BASET (The Britain-Australia Society Education Trust) provides talented young people with a life changing opportunity to develop new skills, broaden their horizons and realise their potential.

The BASET Endeavour Heritage Award at West Dean provides funding to deserving young adults from Australia to support their training in the fields of heritage conservation and specialist historical craft skills. The Awards are granted to Australian nationals wishing to study on the Foundation Degree Arts - all pathways, the Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms.

After completing their education at West Dean, BASET Award recipients are able to take the skills they have learnt back to Australia to both preserve heritage themselves and train others in their craft. They are usually highly sought after by employers and start careers in their fields immediately.

Application: Australian nationals wishing to study on the Foundation Degree Arts - all pathways, the Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms, are invited to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the applicants such as name, course, work experience, education and personal statement will be sent to BASET for its approval. Please note, BASET may request an interview with the nominee before confirming the award. BASET’s decision is final.

Terms: The award is for one academic year and once awarded the student cannot reapply for further funding. The award 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 applicant must demonstrate financial need and that the BASET Award will enable them to undertake their studies. The successful applicants must provide regular updates to BASET and must produce an end of year report in their final term. On the completion of their studies, they will also be invited by BASET to join BASET’s alumni community. For more information about BASET, please visit their website at www.britain-australia.org.uk/baset

The Behrens Foundation
Value: £15,000 (to be divided to up to three students)
Deadline: 1 April 2024

Available to students studying on the Graduate Diploma or MA in Conservation Studies (all specialisms) or the Foundation Degree Arts, 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 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 Behrens Foundation for their records.

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

International Conservation Services Australian Bursary
Value: £5,000
Deadline: TBC

For over 30 years, Julian Bickersteth,1981-1982 Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies Furniture and Related Objects alumnus, has been the CEO of International Conservation Services (ICS), which he founded in 1986. ICS is Australia’s largest private fine art and heritage conservation practice, with labs in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth employing over 40 permanent staff plus casuals. ICS works across the disciplines of furniture, paintings, works on paper, textiles, sculpture, archaeology and outdoor heritage for myriad collecting institutions including, government bodies, corporations, major universities and private collections.

Having received a part scholarship to help him study at West Dean, Julian is keen to give others a similar opportunity. Julian has established the International Conservation Services Australian Bursary

Application: To be eligible to apply, applicants must be Australian nationals, must be studying on one of the MA Conservation Studies specialisms, must demonstrate a commitment to a career in conservation (they could already be practicing in Australia or be an Australian student looking to further their studies in conservation before advancing their conservation career), must demonstrate a clear aim for career development in conjunction with finding it difficult to find funds for professional development fees. Applicants of any age are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants intending to return to Australia after study. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the successful applicant together with references will be sent to Julian and ICS for their records. 

Terms: The award is for one academic year and once awarded the student cannot reapply for further funding. The award will be paid directly to West Dean College to help offset course fees. The applicant recognises that some additional funding from personal sources is likely to be required, and that transport, visa and living costs are their own responsibility. The successful applicant must produce an end of year report in the final term which may be used for publication or summary on the ICS website and/or social media channels at the discretion of the ICS. The successful applicant on completion of their course may be invited to an ICS event.

MA Conservation Studies Books and Library Materials and Ceramics and Related Objects Bursary
Value: £5,000 to be awarded to one student
Deadline: 1 April 2024

Available to students studying on the MA Conservation Studies Books and Library Materials or Ceramics and Related Objects. Applicants must demonstrate a need for financial support, excellent potential and a commitment to a future career in their chosen field.

Application: Students studying on the MA Conservation Studies Books and Library Materials or Ceramics and Related Objects 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 funder for their records.

Terms: The award is for one academic year. The successful student must produce a report in mid-Autumn, mid-Spring and mid-Summer terms.

Funding terms & conditions

Ceramics scholarships & bursaries

Discover funding options for students studying for one of our Degree and Diploma courses in Ceramics.

Applicable courses

Scholarships and Bursaries 2024-25

Ceramics pathways

 

Value

Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies - Ceramics & Related Materials

MA Conservation Studies - Ceramics & Related Materials

Foundation Diploma in Ceramics

West Dean College Scholarship
(application deadline 1 Apr '24)

50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees

 

The Edward James

Foundation Bursary
(application deadline 1 Apr '24 and 1 Aug '24)

Based on individual

need 

 

BADA
(applications open 2 Apr '24 deadline 1 Aug ‘24)

Up to £6,000 (to be awarded to one student)

 

The BASET Endeavour Heritage Award
(application deadline 1 Apr ‘24)

£10,000 per academic year (for up to two students)

 

The Behrens Foundation
(application deadline 1 Apr ‘24)

£15,000 (to be divided to up to three students)

 

The Radcliffe Trust Bursary
(applications open 2 Apr '24 deadline 1 Aug ‘24)

£4,000 (to be awarded to one student)

 

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars West Dean Accommodation Bursary (tbc)

£9,000

 

 

International Conservation Services Bursary (tbc)

£5,000

 

 

Ralph Levy Ceramics Bursary (applications open 2 Apr '24. Deadline 13 Sept '24)

£1,500*

(To be awarded to one student)

 

 

MA Conservation Studies Books and Library Materials and Ceramics and Related Objects Bursary (application deadline 1 Apr' 24)

£5,000 to be awarded to one student

   

* a 50% contribution towards course fees for two years of continuous study for one person starting the course in October 2024

To apply for the Edward James Foundation Bursary, please complete this application form.

To apply for the West Dean College Scholarship, please complete this application form.

For all other funding, please complete this application form.

Funding criteria

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

Please note: To ensure you are eligible to apply for the scholarship you are interested in, please review the information on the application form in conjunction with the scholarship and bursary information on this page. Applicants should not apply directly to the funding organisation for any of the scholarship awards listed below.

The Edward James Foundation Bursary
Value: Grants are given based on individual need
Deadline: 1 April and 1 August 2024

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 or KLC School of Design. 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.

West Dean College Scholarship
Value: One award of a 50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees (on campus accommodation only, meals not included) 
Deadline: 1 April 2024

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support to students from underrepresented groups in Higher Education as set out in the College’s Access and Participation Strategy Statement.

Candidates who have accepted their place on a Diploma or Degree Programme and paid their deposit can apply for The West Dean College Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.  All bursary and scholarship offers are subject to Terms and Conditions. Students who are offered a scholarship will be asked to sign an acceptance form. 

BADA
Value: Up to £6,000 given at the discretion of the BADA Cultural & Education Trust to help supplement other funding.
Deadline: Applications open 2 Apr 2024 deadline 1 Aug 2024

The BADA Scholarship will be awarded to a student studying the Graduate Degree or MA Conservation Studies - Ceramics, Clocks, Furniture or Metalwork. 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.

The BASET Endeavour Heritage Award
Value: £10,000 match funded with the Edward James Foundation to be divided between two students. Where only one student, the award will be £5,000 match funded.
Deadline: 1 April 2024

BASET (The Britain-Australia Society Education Trust) provides talented young people with a life changing opportunity to develop new skills, broaden their horizons and realise their potential.

The BASET Endeavour Heritage Award at West Dean provides funding to deserving young adults from Australia to support their training in the fields of heritage conservation and specialist historical craft skills. The Awards are granted to Australian nationals wishing to study on the Foundation Degree Arts - all pathways, the Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms.

After completing their education at West Dean, BASET Award recipients are able to take the skills they have learnt back to Australia to both preserve heritage themselves and train others in their craft. They are usually highly sought after by employers and start careers in their fields immediately.

Application: Australian nationals wishing to study on the Foundation Degree Arts - all pathways, the Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms, are invited to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the applicants such as name, course, work experience, education and personal statement will be sent to BASET for its approval. Please note, BASET may request an interview with the nominee before confirming the award. BASET’s decision is final.

Terms: The award is for one academic year and once awarded the student cannot reapply for further funding. The award 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 applicant must demonstrate financial need and that the BASET Award will enable them to undertake their studies. The successful applicants must provide regular updates to BASET and must produce an end of year report in their final term. On the completion of their studies, they will also be invited by BASET to join BASET’s alumni community. For more information about BASET, please visit their website at www.britain-australia.org.uk/baset

The Behrens Foundation
Value: £15,000 (to be divided to up to  three  students )
Deadline: 1 April 2024

Available to students studying on the Graduate Diploma or MA in Conservation Studies (all specialisms) or the Foundation Degree Arts, 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 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 Behrens Foundation for their records.

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

The Radcliffe Trust Bursary
Value: £4,000 (to be awarded to one student)
Applications open: 2 April 2024. Deadline: 1 August 2024

The Radcliffe Trust Bursary will be awarded to a student studying the Foundation Degree Arts – all pathways, Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies, or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms. Applicants should demonstrate excellent potential, a commitment to their studies and a clear aim for career development whilst at the same time finding it difficult to find the funds for their fees. 

Application: Students on the Foundation Degree Art – all pathways, Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies, or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms are eligible to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the nominees will be sent to The Radcliffe Trust for their records.

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars West Dean Accommodation Bursary
Value: £9,000 to one student
Deadline: TBC

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars bursary will be awarded to a student studying the Foundation Degree Arts (FdA) Books and Binding, Clocks, Furniture or Metalwork pathway or the Graduate Diploma (GD) Conservation Studies Books, Ceramics, Clocks, Furniture or Metalwork specialism. Preference will be given to a student who holds UK Nationality or who has been mainly educated in the UK, who is aged under 25 on 1st September 2023 (though applicants aged between 25 and 30 will be considered). Students must demonstrate outstanding potential and financial need, whilst at the same time finding it difficult to find the funds for living expenses.

Application: Students meeting the above criteria are welcome to apply for this bursary. The West Dean College Grants Committee will consider the applications and a recommendation will be made to The Arts Scholars Company for approval.

Terms: The award is for one academic year, paid directly to West Dean College to cover the living expenses of full board accommodation at West Dean College. The award will be given at the discretion of The Arts Scholars Company and paid directly to West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. The successful student must produce an end of year report in the final term for publication or summary in the Arts Scholars’ Newsletter and/or website at the Arts Scholars’ discretion. The successful student may be invited to an Arts Scholars event such as its Awards lunch or similar, and consents to their photograph being reproduced in the Arts Scholars Newsletter and/or website at the Arts Scholars’ discretion.

Terms: The award is for one academic year. The successful student must produce a report mid-summer term.

International Conservation Services Australian Bursary
Value: £5,000
Deadline: TBC

For over 30 years, Julian Bickersteth,1981-1982 Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies Furniture and Related Objects alumnus, has been the CEO of International Conservation Services (ICS), which he founded in 1986. ICS is Australia’s largest private fine art and heritage conservation practice, with labs in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth employing over 40 permanent staff plus casuals. ICS works across the disciplines of furniture, paintings, works on paper, textiles, sculpture, archaeology and outdoor heritage for myriad collecting institutions including, government bodies, corporations, major universities and private collections.

Having received a part scholarship to help him study at West Dean, Julian is keen to give others a similar opportunity. Julian has established the International Conservation Services Australian Bursary

Application: To be eligible to apply, applicants must be Australian nationals, must be studying on one of the MA Conservation Studies specialisms, must demonstrate a commitment to a career in conservation (they could already be practicing in Australia or be an Australian student looking to further their studies in conservation before advancing their conservation career), must demonstrate a clear aim for career development in conjunction with finding it difficult to find funds for professional development fees. Applicants of any age are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants intending to return to Australia after study. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the successful applicant together with references will be sent to Julian and ICS for their records. 

Terms: The award is for one academic year and once awarded the student cannot reapply for further funding. The award will be paid directly to West Dean College to help offset course fees. The applicant recognises that some additional funding from personal sources is likely to be required, and that transport, visa and living costs are their own responsibility. The successful applicant must produce an end of year report in the final term which may be used for publication or summary on the ICS website and/or social media channels at the discretion of the ICS. The successful applicant on completion of their course may be invited to an ICS event.

Ralph Levy Ceramics Bursary
Value: £1,500 (a 50% contribution towards course fees for two years of continuous study for one person starting the course in October 2023)
Applications Open: 2 April 2024. Deadline: 13 September 2024

The Ralph Levy Ceramics Bursary will be awarded to a student studying the Foundation Diploma in Ceramics. Applicants must demonstrate ambition, a commitment to their studies, outstanding potential and financial need for whom the remainder of the funding can be met from elsewhere. Students of any age or nationality are eligible to apply.

Application: Students on the Foundation Diploma in Ceramics are eligible to apply for this award. West Dean College will consider the applications and details of the successful nominee, such as name and a short biography will be sent to the funder for their records.

Terms: The award is a 50% contribution towards course fees for the two years of continuous study. The successful student must produce an end of year report in both years.

MA Conservation Studies Books and Library Materials and Ceramics and Related Objects Bursary
Value: £5,000 to be awarded to one student
Deadline: 1 April 2024

Available to students studying on the MA Conservation Studies Books and Library Materials or Ceramics and Related Objects. Applicants must demonstrate a need for financial support, excellent potential and a commitment to a future career in their chosen field.

Application: Students studying on the MA Conservation Studies Books and Library Materials or Ceramics and Related Objects 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 funder for their records.

Terms: The award is for one academic year. The successful student must produce a report in mid-Autumn, mid-Spring and mid-Summer terms.

Funding terms & conditions

Clocks scholarships & bursaries

Discover funding options for students studying for one of our Degree and Diploma courses in Clocks.

Applicable courses

Scholarships and Bursaries 2024-25

Clocks pathways

 

Value

Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies -Clocks

MA Conservation Studies - Clocks

Foundation Degree in Arts

BA (Hons) Craft Practices

West Dean College Scholarship

(application deadline 1 Apr '24)

50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees

 

The Edward James

Foundation Bursary
(application deadline 1 Apr '24 and 1 Aug '24)

Based on individual

need

BADA
(applications open 2 Apr '24 deadline 1 Aug ‘24)

Up to £6,000 (to be awarded to one student)

 

 

The Alan Whitaker Bursary (tbc)

£5,000 (to be divided to up to three students)

 

The BASET Endeavour Heritage Award
(application deadline 1 Apr ‘24)

£10,000 per academic year (for up to two students)

 

The Behrens Foundation
(application deadline 1 Apr ‘24)

£15,000 (to be divided to up to three students)

 

The Radcliffe Trust Bursary
(applications open 2 Apr '24 deadline 1 Aug ‘24)

£4,000 (to be awarded to one student)

 

The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers Bursary (application deadline 1 Apr ‘24)

Up to £5,000 (to be shared between a maximum of three students)

✓*

The George Daniels Horology Bursary (tbc)

Up to £20,000 (to be shared between two students)

✓*

✓*

✓*

✓*

The Harriet's Trust Bursary 
(applications open 2 Apr '24 deadline 1 Aug ‘24)

Up to £20,000 (likely to be split between two or more students)

 

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars West Dean Accommodation Bursary (tbc)

£9,000

 

 

International Conservation Services Bursary (tbc)

£5,000

 

 

 

*Only for students progressing, read criteria for detail
**Internal applicants only studying on the Clocks pathway

To apply for the Edward James Foundation Bursary, please complete this application form.

To apply for the West Dean College Scholarship, please complete this application form.

For all other funding, please complete this application form.

Funding criteria

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

Please note: To ensure you are eligible to apply for the scholarship you are interested in, please review the information on the application form in conjunction with the scholarship and bursary information on this page. Applicants should not apply directly to the funding organisation for any of the scholarship awards listed below.

The Edward James Foundation Bursary
Value: Grants are given based on individual need
Deadline: 1 April and 1 August 2024

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 or KLC School of Design. 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.

West Dean College Scholarship
Value: One award of a 50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees (on campus accommodation only, meals not included) 
Deadline: 1 April 2024

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support to students from underrepresented groups in Higher Education as set out in the College’s Access and Participation Strategy Statement.

Candidates who have accepted their place on a Diploma or Degree Programme and paid their deposit can apply for The West Dean College Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.  All bursary and scholarship offers are subject to Terms and Conditions. Students who are offered a scholarship will be asked to sign an acceptance form. 

BADA
Value: Up to £6,000 given at the discretion of the BADA Cultural & Education Trust to help supplement other funding.
Deadline: Applications open 2 Apr 2024 deadline 1 Aug 2024

The BADA Scholarship will be awarded to a student studying the Graduate Degree or MA Conservation Studies - Ceramics, Clocks, Furniture or Metalwork. 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.

The Alan Whitaker Bursary
Value: £5,000 (to be divided to up to three students)
Deadline: TBC

The Alan Whitaker Bursary will be awarded each year to one or several students applying for a second or third year of study on the Clocks programme all pathways: Foundation Degree Arts (FdA) – Clocks, progression to the Graduate Diploma or MA Conservation Studies - Horology, Clocks and Related Objects, progression to the Professional Development Diploma in Horology.

Application: To be eligible to apply students must be going into the second or third year of study on the Clocks programme all pathways (as above), must show ability, diligence, and application in their studies while at the same time finding it difficult to find the funds for either their fees or their living expenses. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the nominees will be sent to funder for their records.

Terms: The award is for one academic year and will be paid directly to West Dean College to help offset fees or living expenses. The successful applicant will be expected to produce an end of year report in the final term.

The BASET Endeavour Heritage Award
Value: £10,000 match funded with the Edward James Foundation to be divided between two students. Where only one student, the award will be £5,000 match funded.
Deadline: 1 April 2024

BASET (The Britain-Australia Society Education Trust) provides talented young people with a life changing opportunity to develop new skills, broaden their horizons and realise their potential.

The BASET Endeavour Heritage Award at West Dean provides funding to deserving young adults from Australia to support their training in the fields of heritage conservation and specialist historical craft skills. The Awards are granted to Australian nationals wishing to study on the Foundation Degree Arts - all pathways, the Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms.

After completing their education at West Dean, BASET Award recipients are able to take the skills they have learnt back to Australia to both preserve heritage themselves and train others in their craft. They are usually highly sought after by employers and start careers in their fields immediately.

Application: Australian nationals wishing to study on the Foundation Degree Arts - all pathways, the Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms, are invited to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the applicants such as name, course, work experience, education and personal statement will be sent to BASET for its approval. Please note, BASET may request an interview with the nominee before confirming the award. BASET’s decision is final.

Terms: The award is for one academic year and once awarded the student cannot reapply for further funding. The award 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 applicant must demonstrate financial need and that the BASET Award will enable them to undertake their studies. The successful applicants must provide regular updates to BASET and must produce an end of year report in their final term. On the completion of their studies, they will also be invited by BASET to join BASET’s alumni community. For more information about BASET, please visit their website at www.britain-australia.org.uk/baset

The Behrens Foundation
Value: £15,000 (to be divided to up to  three  students )
Deadline: 1 April 2024

Available to students studying on the Graduate Diploma or MA in Conservation Studies (all specialisms) or the Foundation Degree Arts, 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 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 Behrens Foundation for their records.

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

The Radcliffe Trust Bursary
Value: £4,000 (to be awarded to one student)
Applications open: 2 April 2024. Deadline: 1 August 2024

The Radcliffe Trust Bursary will be awarded to a student studying the Foundation Degree Arts – all pathways, Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies, or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms. Applicants should demonstrate excellent potential, a commitment to their studies and a clear aim for career development whilst at the same time finding it difficult to find the funds for their fees. 

Application: Students on the Foundation Degree Art – all pathways, Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies, or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms are eligible to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the nominees will be sent to The Radcliffe Trust for their records.

Terms: The award is for one academic year. The successful student must produce a report mid-summer term.

The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers Bursary
Value: up to £5,000 to be shared between a maximum of three students
Deadline: 1 April 2024

The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers Bursary, value up to £5,000 to be awarded each year, will be shared between a maximum of three students applying for a second or third year of study on the Clocks programme all pathways: Foundation Degree Arts (FdA) – Clocks, progression to the Graduate Diploma or MA Conservation Studies - Horology, Clocks and Related Objects; progression to the BA (Hons) Craft Practices - Clocks. Students must demonstrate ability, diligence, and application in their studies while at the same time finding it difficult to find the funds for their fees.

Application: Students meeting the above criteria are welcome to apply for this bursary. The West Dean College Grants Committee will consider the applications and nominations accompanied by completed application forms and tutor reports will be made to the Company. Please note that nominees are asked to attend an interview at West Dean College on Wednesday 5 June 2024. It is essential that applicants are available for these interviews.

Terms: The award is for one academic year and will be paid directly to West Dean College to help offset fees. The successful applicant(s) will be expected to provide a report to the Company at the end of each term.

The George Daniels Horology Bursary – Progression
Value: Up to £20,000 (to be shared between two students)
Deadline to apply: TBC

Awarded each year to two students applying for a second, third or fourth year of study on the Clocks programme: Foundation Degree Arts (FdA) – Clocks year 2; progression from the Foundation Degree Arts (FdA) – Clocks year 2 to the Graduate Diploma - Horology, Clocks and Related Objects; progression from the Graduate Diploma - Horology, Clocks and Related Objects to the MA Conservation Studies - Horology, Clocks and Related Objects. 

It was Dr Daniels declared aim to encourage the resurgence of watch and clock manufacture within the British Isles. In line with George Daniels vision, students applying for the awards must be able to demonstrate outstanding potential, a commitment to their studies, a clear aim for their career development as well as a clear financial need. Preference will be given to individuals holding British citizenship or who have been mainly educated in the British Isles.

Application: To be eligible to apply, students must be going into the second, third or fourth year of study on the Clocks programme all pathways and specialism (as above). The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the nominees together with references will be sent to GDET for their records. 

Terms: The successful applicants will be expected to produce an end of year report in the final term. The award is for one academic year and will be paid directly to West Dean College to help offset fees or living expenses.

The Harriet's Trust Bursary
Value: up to £20,000 (likely to be split between two or more students)
Deadline: Applications open 2 Apr 2024 deadline 1 Aug 2024

The Horology Bursary is available to students studying on one of the Clocks programmes within the Foundation Degree Arts (FdA), Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies or MA Conservation Studies.

Applicants should demonstrate excellent potential, a commitment to their studies and a clear aim for career development.

Application: Individuals studying on one of the Clocks programmes within the Foundation Degree Arts (FdA), Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies or MA Conservation Studies are eligible to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and a recommendation is made  to the funder of the bursary.

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

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars West Dean Accommodation Bursary
Value: £9,000 to one student
Deadline: TBC

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars bursary will be awarded to a student studying the Foundation Degree Arts (FdA) Books and Binding, Clocks, Furniture or Metalwork pathway or the Graduate Diploma (GD) Conservation Studies Books, Ceramics, Clocks, Furniture or Metalwork specialism. Preference will be given to a student who holds UK Nationality or who has been mainly educated in the UK, who is aged under 25 on 1st September 2023 (though applicants aged between 25 and 30 will be considered). Students must demonstrate outstanding potential and financial need, whilst at the same time finding it difficult to find the funds for living expenses.

Application: Students meeting the above criteria are welcome to apply for this bursary. The West Dean College Grants Committee will consider the applications and a recommendation will be made to The Arts Scholars Company for approval.

Terms: The award is for one academic year, paid directly to West Dean College to cover the living expenses of full board accommodation at West Dean College. The award will be given at the discretion of The Arts Scholars Company and paid directly to West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. The successful student must produce an end of year report in the final term for publication or summary in the Arts Scholars’ Newsletter and/or website at the Arts Scholars’ discretion. The successful student may be invited to an Arts Scholars event such as its Awards lunch or similar, and consents to their photograph being reproduced in the Arts Scholars Newsletter and/or website at the Arts Scholars’ discretion.

International Conservation Services Australian Bursary
Value: £5,000
Deadline: TBC

For over 30 years, Julian Bickersteth,1981-1982 Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies Furniture and Related Objects alumnus, has been the CEO of International Conservation Services (ICS), which he founded in 1986. ICS is Australia’s largest private fine art and heritage conservation practice, with labs in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth employing over 40 permanent staff plus casuals. ICS works across the disciplines of furniture, paintings, works on paper, textiles, sculpture, archaeology and outdoor heritage for myriad collecting institutions including, government bodies, corporations, major universities and private collections.

Having received a part scholarship to help him study at West Dean, Julian is keen to give others a similar opportunity. Julian has established the International Conservation Services Australian Bursary

Application: To be eligible to apply, applicants must be Australian nationals, must be studying on one of the MA Conservation Studies specialisms, must demonstrate a commitment to a career in conservation (they could already be practicing in Australia or be an Australian student looking to further their studies in conservation before advancing their conservation career), must demonstrate a clear aim for career development in conjunction with finding it difficult to find funds for professional development fees. Applicants of any age are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants intending to return to Australia after study. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the successful applicant together with references will be sent to Julian and ICS for their records. 

Terms: The award is for one academic year and once awarded the student cannot reapply for further funding. The award will be paid directly to West Dean College to help offset course fees. The applicant recognises that some additional funding from personal sources is likely to be required, and that transport, visa and living costs are their own responsibility. The successful applicant must produce an end of year report in the final term which may be used for publication or summary on the ICS website and/or social media channels at the discretion of the ICS. The successful applicant on completion of their course may be invited to an ICS event.

Funding terms & conditions

Creative Writing and Publishing scholarships & bursaries

Applicable courses

Scholarships and Bursaries 2024-25

Creative Writing and Publishing

 

Value

MA Creative Writing and Publishing

West Dean College Scholarship

(application deadline 1 Apr '24)

50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees

The Edward James Foundation Bursary

(application deadline 1 Apr '24 and 1 Aug '24)

Based on individual

need

 

To apply for the Edward James Foundation Bursary, please complete this application form.

To apply for the West Dean College Scholarship, please complete this application form.

Funding criteria

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

Please note: To ensure you are eligible to apply for the scholarship you are interested in, please review the information on the application form in conjunction with the scholarship and bursary information on this page. Applicants should not apply directly to the funding organisation for any of the scholarship awards listed below.

The Edward James Foundation Bursary
Value: Grants are given based on individual need
Deadline: 1 April and 1 August 2024

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 or KLC School of Design. 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.

West Dean College Scholarship
Value: One award of a 50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees (on campus accommodation only, meals not included) 
Deadline: 1 April 2024

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support to students from underrepresented groups in Higher Education as set out in the College’s Access and Participation Strategy Statement.

Candidates who have accepted their place on a Diploma or Degree Programme and paid their deposit can apply for The West Dean College Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.  All bursary and scholarship offers are subject to Terms and Conditions. Students who are offered a scholarship will be asked to sign an acceptance form. 

Funding terms & conditions

Garden Design scholarships & bursaries

Applicable courses

Scholarships and Bursaries 2024-25

Garden Design pathways

 

Value

Diploma Garden Design - part time 

West Dean College Scholarship

(application deadline 1 Apr '24)

50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees

The Edward James

Foundation Bursary
(application deadline 1 Apr '24 and 1 Aug '24)

Based on individual

need

To apply for the Edward James Foundation Bursary, please complete this application form.

To apply for the West Dean College Scholarship, please complete this application form.

Funding criteria

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

Please note: To ensure you are eligible to apply for the scholarship you are interested in, please review the information on the application form in conjunction with the scholarship and bursary information on this page. Applicants should not apply directly to the funding organisation for any of the scholarship awards listed below.

The Edward James Foundation Bursary
Value: Grants are given based on individual need
Deadline: 1 April and 1 August 2024

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 or KLC School of Design. 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.

West Dean College Scholarship
Value: One award of a 50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees (on campus accommodation only, meals not included) 
Deadline: 1 April 2024

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support to students from underrepresented groups in Higher Education as set out in the College’s Access and Participation Strategy Statement.

Candidates who have accepted their place on a Diploma or Degree Programme and paid their deposit can apply for The West Dean College Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.  All bursary and scholarship offers are subject to Terms and Conditions. Students who are offered a scholarship will be asked to sign an acceptance form. 

Funding terms & conditions

Historic Building Conservation and Repair scholarships & bursaries

Applicable courses

Scholarships and Bursaries 2024-25

Historic Building Conservation & Repair pathways

 

Value

Professional Development Diploma in Historic Building Conservation and Repair

Sussex Heritage Trust Bursary Scheme

Course costs and accommodation costs

Drake Trust Bursary

Course costs

 

To apply for the Sussex Heritage Trust Bursary scheme, please do so directly on their website here.

To apply for the Drake Trust Bursary, please contact [email protected]

Funding Criteria

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

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.

Grants are awarded for course costs and accommodation costs. Please note:  Students should apply directly to this funder Sussex Heritage Trust

More information can be found on the Sussex Heritage Trust Bursary Scheme website here
 

Drake Trust Bursary 
The Drake Trust generously provides a number of bursaries for students attending a Building Conservation Masterclass or on the Professional Development Diploma in Historic Building Conservation and Repair. 

Students must be self-financing their Professional Development Diploma in Historic Building Conservation and Repair and Building Conservation Masterclass studies.

Grants are awarded for course costs. Please note: To apply contact [email protected]. Do not approach this funder directly.

Funding terms & conditions

Furniture scholarship & bursaries

Discover funding options for students studying for one of our Degree and Diploma courses in Furniture.

Applicable courses

Scholarships and Bursaries 2024-25

Furniture pathways

 

Value

Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies - Furniture

MA Conservation Studies - Furniture

Foundation Degree in Arts

BA (Hons) Craft Practices

West Dean College Scholarship

(application deadline 1 Apr '24)

50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees

 

The Edward James Foundation Bursary

(application deadline 1 Apr '24 and 1 Aug '24)

Based on individual

need

BADA
(applications open 2 Apr '24 deadline 1 Aug ‘24)

Up to £6,000 (to be awarded to one student)

 

 

The BASET Endeavour Heritage Award (application deadline 1 Apr ‘24)

£10,000 per academic year (for up to two students)

 

The Behrens Foundation

(application deadline 1 Apr '24)

£15,000 (to be divided to up to three students)

 

The Radcliffe Trust Bursary
(applications open 2 Apr '24 deadline 1 Aug ‘24)

£4,000 (to be awarded to one student)

 

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars West Dean Accommodation Bursary (tbc)

£9,000

 

 

International Conservation Services Bursary (tbc)

£5,000

 

 

 

To apply for the Edward James Foundation Bursary, please complete this application form.

To apply for the West Dean College Scholarship, please complete this application form.

For all other funding, please complete this application form.

Funding criteria

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

Please note: To ensure you are eligible to apply for the scholarship you are interested in, please review the information on the application form in conjunction with the scholarship and bursary information on this page. Applicants should not apply directly to the funding organisation for any of the scholarship awards listed below.

The Edward James Foundation Bursary
Value: Grants are given based on individual need
Deadline: 1 April and 1 August 2024

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 or KLC School of Design. 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.

West Dean College Scholarship
Value: One award of a 50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees (on campus accommodation only, meals not included) 
Deadline: 1 April 2024

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support to students from underrepresented groups in Higher Education as set out in the College’s Access and Participation Strategy Statement.

Candidates who have accepted their place on a Diploma or Degree Programme and paid their deposit can apply for The West Dean College Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.  All bursary and scholarship offers are subject to Terms and Conditions. Students who are offered a scholarship will be asked to sign an acceptance form. 

BADA
Value: Up to £6,000 given at the discretion of the BADA Cultural & Education Trust to help supplement other funding.
Deadline: Applications open 2 Apr 2024 deadline 1 Aug 2024

The BADA Scholarship will be awarded to a student studying the Graduate Degree or MA Conservation Studies - Ceramics, Clocks, Furniture or Metalwork. 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.

The BASET Endeavour Heritage Award
Value: £10,000 match funded with the Edward James Foundation to be divided between two students. Where only one student, the award will be £5,000 match funded.
Deadline: 1 April 2024

BASET (The Britain-Australia Society Education Trust) provides talented young people with a life changing opportunity to develop new skills, broaden their horizons and realise their potential.

The BASET Endeavour Heritage Award at West Dean provides funding to deserving young adults from Australia to support their training in the fields of heritage conservation and specialist historical craft skills. The Awards are granted to Australian nationals wishing to study on the Foundation Degree Arts - all pathways, the Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms.

After completing their education at West Dean, BASET Award recipients are able to take the skills they have learnt back to Australia to both preserve heritage themselves and train others in their craft. They are usually highly sought after by employers and start careers in their fields immediately.

Application: Australian nationals wishing to study on the Foundation Degree Arts - all pathways, the Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms, are invited to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the applicants such as name, course, work experience, education and personal statement will be sent to BASET for its approval. Please note, BASET may request an interview with the nominee before confirming the award. BASET’s decision is final.

Terms: The award is for one academic year and once awarded the student cannot reapply for further funding. The award 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 applicant must demonstrate financial need and that the BASET Award will enable them to undertake their studies. The successful applicants must provide regular updates to BASET and must produce an end of year report in their final term. On the completion of their studies, they will also be invited by BASET to join BASET’s alumni community. For more information about BASET, please visit their website at www.britain-australia.org.uk/baset

The Behrens Foundation
Value: £15,000 (to be divided to up to  three  students )
Deadline: 1 April 2024

Available to students studying on the Graduate Diploma or MA in Conservation Studies (all specialisms) or the Foundation Degree Arts, 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 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 Behrens Foundation for their records.

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

The Radcliffe Trust Bursary
Value: £4,000 (to be awarded to one student)
Applications open: 2 April 2024. Deadline: 1 August 2024

The Radcliffe Trust Bursary will be awarded to a student studying the Foundation Degree Arts – all pathways, Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies, or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms. Applicants should demonstrate excellent potential, a commitment to their studies and a clear aim for career development whilst at the same time finding it difficult to find the funds for their fees. 

Application: Students on the Foundation Degree Art – all pathways, Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies, or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms are eligible to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the nominees will be sent to The Radcliffe Trust for their records.

Terms: The award is for one academic year. The successful student must produce a report mid-summer term.

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars West Dean Accommodation Bursary
Value: £9,000 to one student
Deadline: TBC

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars bursary will be awarded to a student studying the Foundation Degree Arts (FdA) Books and Binding, Clocks, Furniture or Metalwork pathway or the Graduate Diploma (GD) Conservation Studies Books, Ceramics, Clocks, Furniture or Metalwork specialism. Preference will be given to a student who holds UK Nationality or who has been mainly educated in the UK, who is aged under 25 on 1st September 2023 (though applicants aged between 25 and 30 will be considered). Students must demonstrate outstanding potential and financial need, whilst at the same time finding it difficult to find the funds for living expenses.

Application: Students meeting the above criteria are welcome to apply for this bursary. The West Dean College Grants Committee will consider the applications and a recommendation will be made to The Arts Scholars Company for approval.

Terms: The award is for one academic year, paid directly to West Dean College to cover the living expenses of full board accommodation at West Dean College. The award will be given at the discretion of The Arts Scholars Company and paid directly to West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. The successful student must produce an end of year report in the final term for publication or summary in the Arts Scholars’ Newsletter and/or website at the Arts Scholars’ discretion. The successful student may be invited to an Arts Scholars event such as its Awards lunch or similar, and consents to their photograph being reproduced in the Arts Scholars Newsletter and/or website at the Arts Scholars’ discretion.

International Conservation Services Australian Bursary
Value: £5,000
Deadline: TBC

For over 30 years, Julian Bickersteth,1981-1982 Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies Furniture and Related Objects alumnus, has been the CEO of International Conservation Services (ICS), which he founded in 1986. ICS is Australia’s largest private fine art and heritage conservation practice, with labs in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth employing over 40 permanent staff plus casuals. ICS works across the disciplines of furniture, paintings, works on paper, textiles, sculpture, archaeology and outdoor heritage for myriad collecting institutions including, government bodies, corporations, major universities and private collections.

Having received a part scholarship to help him study at West Dean, Julian is keen to give others a similar opportunity. Julian has established the International Conservation Services Australian Bursary

Application: To be eligible to apply, applicants must be Australian nationals, must be studying on one of the MA Conservation Studies specialisms, must demonstrate a commitment to a career in conservation (they could already be practicing in Australia or be an Australian student looking to further their studies in conservation before advancing their conservation career), must demonstrate a clear aim for career development in conjunction with finding it difficult to find funds for professional development fees. Applicants of any age are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants intending to return to Australia after study. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the successful applicant together with references will be sent to Julian and ICS for their records. 

Terms: The award is for one academic year and once awarded the student cannot reapply for further funding. The award will be paid directly to West Dean College to help offset course fees. The applicant recognises that some additional funding from personal sources is likely to be required, and that transport, visa and living costs are their own responsibility. The successful applicant must produce an end of year report in the final term which may be used for publication or summary on the ICS website and/or social media channels at the discretion of the ICS. The successful applicant on completion of their course may be invited to an ICS event.

Funding terms & conditions

Interior Design scholarships & bursaries

Applicable courses

Scholarships and Bursaries 2024-25

Interior Design pathways

 

Value

BA (Hons)
Interior Design - full time

Online BA (Hons)
Interior Design - part time

Diploma HE
Applied Interior Design - full time

Diploma HE

Applied Interior Design - part time

West Dean College Scholarship
(application deadline 1 Apr '24)

50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees

The Edward James

Foundation Bursary
(application deadline 1 Apr '24 and 1 Aug '24)

Based on individual

need

To apply for the Edward James Foundation Bursary, please complete this application form.

To apply for the West Dean College Scholarship, please complete this application form.

Funding criteria

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

Please note: To ensure you are eligible to apply for the scholarship you are interested in, please review the information on the application form in conjunction with the scholarship and bursary information on this page. Applicants should not apply directly to the funding organisation for any of the scholarship awards listed below.

The Edward James Foundation Bursary
Value: Grants are given based on individual need
Deadline: 1 April and 1 August 2024

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 or KLC School of Design. 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.

West Dean College Scholarship
Value: One award of a 50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees (on campus accommodation only, meals not included) 
Deadline: 1 April 2024

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support to students from underrepresented groups in Higher Education as set out in the College’s Access and Participation Strategy Statement.

Candidates who have accepted their place on a Diploma or Degree Programme and paid their deposit can apply for The West Dean College Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.  All bursary and scholarship offers are subject to Terms and Conditions. Students who are offered a scholarship will be asked to sign an acceptance form. 

Funding terms & conditions

Metalwork scholarships & bursaries

Discover funding options for students studying for one of our Degree and Diploma courses in Metalwork.

Applicable courses

Scholarships and Bursaries 2024-25

Metalwork pathways

 

Value

Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies - Metalwork

MA Conservation Studies - Metalwork

Foundation Degree in Arts

BA (Hons) Craft Practices

West Dean College Scholarship

(application deadline 1 Apr '24)

50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees

 

The Edward James

Foundation Bursary
(application deadline 1 Apr '24 and 1 Aug '24)

Based on individual

need 

BADA
(applications open 2 Apr '24 deadline 1 Aug ‘24)

Up to £6,000 (to be awarded to one student)

 

 

The BASET Endeavour Heritage Award (application deadline 1 Apr ‘24)

£10,000 per academic year (for up to two students)

 

The Behrens Foundation

(application deadline 1 Apr '24)

£15,000 (to be divided to up to three students)

 

The Radcliffe Trust Bursary
(applications open 2 Apr '24 deadline 1 Aug ‘24)

£4,000 (to be awarded to one student)

 

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars West Dean Accommodation Bursary (tbc)

£9,000

 

 

The Worshipful Company of Cutlers- Langdon Dowsett Scholarship (Making) (application deadline 1 Apr '24)

£1,500 (to be awarded to one student)

 

 

 

The Worshipful Company of Cutlers- Langdon Dowsett Scholarship (Conservation) (application deadline 1 Apr '24)

£1,500 (to be awarded to one student)

 

 

The Gauntlet Trust Scholarship (tbc)

£2,000 (to be awarded one student)

 

 

 

International Conservation Services Bursary (tbc)

£5,000

 

 

 

To apply for the Edward James Foundation Bursary, please complete this application form.

To apply for the West Dean College Scholarship, please complete this application form.

For all other funding, please complete this application form.

Funding criteria

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

Please note: To ensure you are eligible to apply for the scholarship you are interested in, please review the information on the application form in conjunction with the scholarship and bursary information on this page. Applicants should not apply directly to the funding organisation for any of the scholarship awards listed below.

The Edward James Foundation Bursary
Value: Grants are given based on individual need
Deadline: 1 April and 1 August 2024

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 or KLC School of Design. 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.

West Dean College Scholarship
Value: One award of a 50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees (on campus accommodation only, meals not included) 
Deadline: 1 April 2024

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support to students from underrepresented groups in Higher Education as set out in the College’s Access and Participation Strategy Statement.

Candidates who have accepted their place on a Diploma or Degree Programme and paid their deposit can apply for The West Dean College Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.  All bursary and scholarship offers are subject to Terms and Conditions. Students who are offered a scholarship will be asked to sign an acceptance form. 

BADA
Value: Up to £6,000 given at the discretion of the BADA Cultural & Education Trust to help supplement other funding.
Deadline: Applications open 2 Apr 2024 deadline 1 Aug 2024

The BADA Scholarship will be awarded to a student studying the Graduate Degree or MA Conservation Studies - Ceramics, Clocks, Furniture or Metalwork. 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.

The BASET Endeavour Heritage Award
Value: £10,000 match funded with the Edward James Foundation to be divided between two students. Where only one student, the award will be £5,000 match funded.
Deadline: 1 April 2024

BASET (The Britain-Australia Society Education Trust) provides talented young people with a life changing opportunity to develop new skills, broaden their horizons and realise their potential.

The BASET Endeavour Heritage Award at West Dean provides funding to deserving young adults from Australia to support their training in the fields of heritage conservation and specialist historical craft skills. The Awards are granted to Australian nationals wishing to study on the Foundation Degree Arts - all pathways, the Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms.

After completing their education at West Dean, BASET Award recipients are able to take the skills they have learnt back to Australia to both preserve heritage themselves and train others in their craft. They are usually highly sought after by employers and start careers in their fields immediately.

Application: Australian nationals wishing to study on the Foundation Degree Arts - all pathways, the Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms, are invited to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the applicants such as name, course, work experience, education and personal statement will be sent to BASET for its approval. Please note, BASET may request an interview with the nominee before confirming the award. BASET’s decision is final.

Terms: The award is for one academic year and once awarded the student cannot reapply for further funding. The award 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 applicant must demonstrate financial need and that the BASET Award will enable them to undertake their studies. The successful applicants must provide regular updates to BASET and must produce an end of year report in their final term. On the completion of their studies, they will also be invited by BASET to join BASET’s alumni community. For more information about BASET, please visit their website at www.britain-australia.org.uk/baset

The Behrens Foundation
Value: £15,000 (to be divided to up to  three  students )
Deadline: 1 April 2024

Available to students studying on the Graduate Diploma or MA in Conservation Studies (all specialisms) or the Foundation Degree Arts, 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 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 Behrens Foundation for their records.

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

The Radcliffe Trust Bursary
Value: £4,000 (to be awarded to one student)
Applications open: 2 April 2024. Deadline: 1 August 2024

The Radcliffe Trust Bursary will be awarded to a student studying the Foundation Degree Arts – all pathways, Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies, or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms. Applicants should demonstrate excellent potential, a commitment to their studies and a clear aim for career development whilst at the same time finding it difficult to find the funds for their fees. 

Application: Students on the Foundation Degree Art – all pathways, Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies, or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms are eligible to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the nominees will be sent to The Radcliffe Trust for their records.

Terms: The award is for one academic year. The successful student must produce a report mid-summer term.

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars West Dean Accommodation Bursary
Value: £9,000 to one student
Deadline: TBC

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars bursary will be awarded to a student studying the Foundation Degree Arts (FdA) Books and Binding, Clocks, Furniture or Metalwork pathway or the Graduate Diploma (GD) Conservation Studies Books, Ceramics, Clocks, Furniture or Metalwork specialism. Preference will be given to a student who holds UK Nationality or who has been mainly educated in the UK, who is aged under 25 on 1st September 2023 (though applicants aged between 25 and 30 will be considered). Students must demonstrate outstanding potential and financial need, whilst at the same time finding it difficult to find the funds for living expenses.

Application: Students meeting the above criteria are welcome to apply for this bursary. The West Dean College Grants Committee will consider the applications and a recommendation will be made to The Arts Scholars Company for approval.

Terms: The award is for one academic year, paid directly to West Dean College to cover the living expenses of full board accommodation at West Dean College. The award will be given at the discretion of The Arts Scholars Company and paid directly to West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. The successful student must produce an end of year report in the final term for publication or summary in the Arts Scholars’ Newsletter and/or website at the Arts Scholars’ discretion. The successful student may be invited to an Arts Scholars event such as its Awards lunch or similar, and consents to their photograph being reproduced in the Arts Scholars Newsletter and/or website at the Arts Scholars’ discretion.

The Worshipful Company of Cutlers - Langdon Dowsett Scholarship (Making)
Value: £1,500 (to be awarded to one student)
Deadline: 1 April 2024

The Worshipful Company of Cutlers Langdon Dowsett Scholarship will be awarded to a student under the age of 30 who has 'home student status' and is intending to study or is studying the Foundation Degree Arts (FdA) Metalwork.

Application: Metalwork students applying to the above programme 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. The scholar will be expected to produce an end of year report in the final term.

The Worshipful Company of Cutlers - Langdon Dowsett Scholarship (Conservation)
Value: £1,500 (to be awarded to one student)
Deadline: 1 April 2024

The Worshipful Company of Cutlers Langdon Dowsett Scholarship will be awarded to a student under the age of 30 who has 'home student status' and is studying on either the Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies - Metalwork or the MA Conservation Studies - Metalwork.

Application: Metalwork students applying to one 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. The scholar will be expected to produce an end of year report in the final term.

The Gauntlet Trust Scholarship
Value: £2,000 (to be awarded one student)
Deadline: TBC

The Gauntlet Trust Scholarship will be awarded to a student studying the MA Conservation Studies Metalwork specialism. Applicants must 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 MA Conservation Studies Metalwork specialism 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 successful student. The scholar will be expected to produce an interim report during their second term and an end of year report in their final term.

International Conservation Services Australian Bursary
Value: £5,000
Deadline: TBC

For over 30 years, Julian Bickersteth,1981-1982 Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies Furniture and Related Objects alumnus, has been the CEO of International Conservation Services (ICS), which he founded in 1986. ICS is Australia’s largest private fine art and heritage conservation practice, with labs in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth employing over 40 permanent staff plus casuals. ICS works across the disciplines of furniture, paintings, works on paper, textiles, sculpture, archaeology and outdoor heritage for myriad collecting institutions including, government bodies, corporations, major universities and private collections.

Having received a part scholarship to help him study at West Dean, Julian is keen to give others a similar opportunity. Julian has established the International Conservation Services Australian Bursary

Application: To be eligible to apply, applicants must be Australian nationals, must be studying on one of the MA Conservation Studies specialisms, must demonstrate a commitment to a career in conservation (they could already be practicing in Australia or be an Australian student looking to further their studies in conservation before advancing their conservation career), must demonstrate a clear aim for career development in conjunction with finding it difficult to find funds for professional development fees. Applicants of any age are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants intending to return to Australia after study. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the successful applicant together with references will be sent to Julian and ICS for their records. 

Terms: The award is for one academic year and once awarded the student cannot reapply for further funding. The award will be paid directly to West Dean College to help offset course fees. The applicant recognises that some additional funding from personal sources is likely to be required, and that transport, visa and living costs are their own responsibility. The successful applicant must produce an end of year report in the final term which may be used for publication or summary on the ICS website and/or social media channels at the discretion of the ICS. The successful applicant on completion of their course may be invited to an ICS event.

Funding terms & conditions

Musical Instruments scholarships & bursaries

Discover funding options for students studying for one of our Degree and Diploma courses in Musical Instruments.

Applicable courses

Scholarships and Bursaries 2024-25

Musical Instruments pathways

 

Value

Foundation Degree in Arts

BA (Hons) Craft Practices

The Edward James Foundation Bursary

(application deadline 1 Apr '24)

Based on individual

need

West Dean College Scholarship

(application deadline 1 Apr '24 and 1 Aug '24)

50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees

 

The BASET Endeavour Heritage Award (application deadline 1 Apr ‘24)

£10,000 per academic year (for up to two students)

 

The Behrens Foundation
(application deadline 1 Apr '24)

£15,000 (to be divided to up to three students)

 

The Radcliffe Trust Bursary (applications open 2 Apr '24 deadline 1 Aug ‘24)

£4,000 (to be awarded to one student)

 

 

To apply for the Edward James Foundation Bursary, please complete this application form.

To apply for the West Dean College Scholarship, please complete this application form.

For all other funding, please complete this application form.

Funding criteria

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

Please note: To ensure you are eligible to apply for the scholarship you are interested in, please review the information on the application form in conjunction with the scholarship and bursary information on this page. Applicants should not apply directly to the funding organisation for any of the scholarship awards listed below.

The Edward James Foundation Bursary
Value: Grants are given based on individual need
Deadline: 1 April and 1 August 2024

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 or KLC School of Design. 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.

West Dean College Scholarship
Value: One award of a 50% contribution towards tuition fees & 50% contribution towards accommodation fees (on campus accommodation only, meals not included) 
Deadline: 1 April 2024

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support to students from underrepresented groups in Higher Education as set out in the College’s Access and Participation Strategy Statement.

Candidates who have accepted their place on a Diploma or Degree Programme and paid their deposit can apply for The West Dean College Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.  All bursary and scholarship offers are subject to Terms and Conditions. Students who are offered a scholarship will be asked to sign an acceptance form. 

The BASET Endeavour Heritage Award
Value: £10,000 match funded with the Edward James Foundation to be divided between two students. Where only one student, the award will be £5,000 match funded.
Deadline: 1 April 2024

BASET (The Britain-Australia Society Education Trust) provides talented young people with a life changing opportunity to develop new skills, broaden their horizons and realise their potential.

The BASET Endeavour Heritage Award at West Dean provides funding to deserving young adults from Australia to support their training in the fields of heritage conservation and specialist historical craft skills. The Awards are granted to Australian nationals wishing to study on the Foundation Degree Arts - all pathways, the Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms.

After completing their education at West Dean, BASET Award recipients are able to take the skills they have learnt back to Australia to both preserve heritage themselves and train others in their craft. They are usually highly sought after by employers and start careers in their fields immediately.

Application: Australian nationals wishing to study on the Foundation Degree Arts - all pathways, the Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms, are invited to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the applicants such as name, course, work experience, education and personal statement will be sent to BASET for its approval. Please note, BASET may request an interview with the nominee before confirming the award. BASET’s decision is final.

Terms: The award is for one academic year and once awarded the student cannot reapply for further funding. The award 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 applicant must demonstrate financial need and that the BASET Award will enable them to undertake their studies. The successful applicants must provide regular updates to BASET and must produce an end of year report in their final term. On the completion of their studies, they will also be invited by BASET to join BASET’s alumni community. For more information about BASET, please visit their website at www.britain-australia.org.uk/baset

The Behrens Foundation
Value: £15,000 (to be divided to up to three students)
Deadline: 1 April 2024

Available to students studying on the Graduate Diploma or MA in Conservation Studies (all specialisms) or the Foundation Degree Arts, 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 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 Behrens Foundation for their records.

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


The Radcliffe Trust Bursary 
Value: £4,000 (to be awarded to one student)
Applications open: 2 April 2024. Deadline: 1 August 2024

The Radcliffe Trust Bursary will be awarded to a student studying the Foundation Degree Arts – all pathways, Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies, or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms. Applicants should demonstrate excellent potential, a commitment to their studies and a clear aim for career development whilst at the same time finding it difficult to find the funds for their fees. 

Application: Students on the Foundation Degree Art – all pathways, Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies, or MA Conservation Studies – all specialisms are eligible to apply for this award. The Grants Committee will consider the applications and details of the nominees will be sent to The Radcliffe Trust for their records.

Terms: The award is for one academic year. The successful student must produce a report mid-summer term.

Funding terms & conditions

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 Bursary or a Scholarship or Bursary applied for using our Scholarship and Bursary Application Form 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 any other Scholarship or Bursary 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, our 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.