Funding  and bursaries for West Dean Short Courses

Short course funding

As part of our commitment to provide access to creative arts education we can offer a bursary if you cannot afford to study on a short course. Bursaries come from our own funds and the support of generous donations from a number of trusts and individuals.

There are four application deadlines each year so please allow time for your application to be considered before any course date. These are March 31, June 30, Sept 30 and Dec 31. The deadlines for Chilingirian String Ensemble Course and International Classical Guitar Festival are respectively at the end of February and May each year.

Bursaries available

Short Course

Bursary

Value

Any subject 
(not applicable to conservation short courses)

The Edward James Foundation Bursary, including Creative bursaries for arts graduates

Based on individual need

Textile related courses

Joyce Mary Harding Textile Bursary Fund

£500 and maybe shared

One day Fan Making short courses

The Fan Making Bursary Fund

£150 per student

Short courses in Silversmithing 
(course must be completed by end April 2024)


How to apply
Download the Silversmithing Bursary application form; read the Silversmithing Bursary criteria information and read the Silversmithing Bursary Terms and Conditions.


Application deadlines:
12 February 2024

The South Square Trust Award

Based on individual need

The Chilingirian String Ensemble Course Bursary (find bursary information here)

The Chilingirian String Ensemble Bursary

Based on individual need

International Classical Guitar Festival (find bursary information here)

International Classical Guitar Festival Summer School Bursary

Based on individual need for players aged 18-24

Courses relating to construction, conservation and architectural heritage; including courses on the Professional Development Diploma in Historic Building Conservation and Repair and Building Conservation Masterclasses. Please note, students apply directly - find bursary information here -Sussex Heritage Trust Bursary Scheme - Sussex Heritage Trust

Sussex Heritage Trust Bursary Scheme

Course costs and accommodation costs

Grants are given for education and training in building conservation, including courses on the Professional Development Diploma in Historic Building Conservation and Repair and Building Conservation Masterclasses. To apply for a bursary please contact [email protected].

Drake Trust Bursary

Course costs

 

To apply for a bursary please download and complete a bursary application form where applicable. Separate application forms are indicated above where needed. Please email your completed application form to [email protected]. Digital emailed applications are preferred, however if you are unable to send via email please post to Academic Registry, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ. For more information call 01243 818291 or email [email protected].

Read the full Short Course Bursary critera below and click here to read the full bursary award terms and conditions.

Bursary criteria information

Short course bursary criteria information

Short Course Bursaries and criteria 

Before applying for a short course bursary to help you with the costs of your study, please read the below information. Please note, that we are unable to offer more than one short course bursary to a student within two years. Those in receipt of the Joyce Mary Harding Textile Bursary may only be awarded one bursary from this fund. 

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

To apply for a bursary please download and complete a Short Course Bursary application form where applicable. (Separate application forms are indicated.) 

Please email your completed application form to [email protected]. Digital emailed applications are preferred, however if you are unable to send via email please post to Academic Registry, West Dean College, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ. For more information call 01243 818291 or email [email protected].

 

The Edward James Foundation Bursary, including creative bursaries for arts graduates 
If you need assistance to help fund your studies, you can apply for a bursary from The Edward James Foundation Bursary Fund. The Fund is financed by The Edward James Foundation itself as part of its charitable objectives. 

This bursary is for any subject except conservation short courses.

Applicants should demonstrate a clear financial need and a clear illustration of why they have selected the specific courses. You can do this by answering the questions on the Short Course Bursary Application Form. 

Grants are given based on individual need. In some cases, we may not be able to fund the full amount and the remaining fees will need to be covered by the applicant. 

Awards will be determined by the following criteria:

  1. Educational status for Creative Bursaries: the full-time course the applicant is or was enrolled on. What stage of the education/career are they at the time of the application.
  2. The relevance to their course of the Short Course they have applied for a bursary.
  3. Age – preference will be given to those at the early stage of their career.
  4. Amount of bursary requesting – the cost of the course and accommodation if requesting funds for this. Cost of travel for student.
  5. The importance of the course to the West Dean portfolio. The number of applicants for the course both generally and from the same educational establishment.
  6. Potential benefit to others if applicant has attended the course.
  7. Students may only be awarded one bursary from this fund every two years.

 

Joyce Mary Harding Textile Bursary Fund  
For people with an interest in developing their skills in working with textiles, who would benefit from assistance with funding. 
Grants are awarded for £500 and may be shared. 
Awards will be determined by the following criteria:

  1. The relevance to the development of their textile skills and practice.
  2. Amount of bursary requesting – the cost of the course and accommodation if requesting funds for this.
  3. The financial status of the applicant – student, un-employed, retired or on a low income.
  4. The number of applicants for the course.
  5. Students may only be awarded one bursary from this fund.

You can find out about Joyce, in whose memory the bursary was set up here.

 

The Fan Making Bursary Fund 
For undergraduates and recent graduates who are interested in developing their skills and their portfolio to include fan making.  

Awards will be determined by the relevance of individuals existing practice to fan making processes, and an assessment of the student’s interest in the subject and the potential of continued engagement with fan-making. 

Preference will be given to those at the early stage of their career. Funding generously provided by The Poor Fund of The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers. Grants are awarded for £150 per student.

 

The Chilingirian String Ensemble Course Bursary 
To help music students, graduates or amateur quartets or ensembles attend the Chilingirian String Ensemble Course. 

Funding has generously been provided by donors and trusts, including support from The Finzi Trust. For detailed course information and application deadlines, please visit the course page.

Grants are awarded based on individual need. Please note: The Chilingirian String Ensemble Course Bursary has its own application form.

Awards will be determined by the following criteria:

  1. For young music students, graduates and amateur musicians, who have played together as a quartet/ensemble for a minimum of three months and cover a substantial part of both the course fees and accommodation.
  2. An assessment of each student ensemble’s potential based on previous study, work, references and/or being recommended by Levon Chilingirian or another member of the Chilingirian Quartet.
  3. An assessment of the student quartet’s potential to make a lasting contribution to the field and show a lasting commitment to play together as a quartet.
  4. No ensemble, or individual player may be awarded a Bursary for more than two years.

 

The International Classical Guitar Festival Summer School Bursary 
To help music students and young professionals (18-24) attend the International Classical Guitar Festival and Summer School. Funding has been provided by several donors. For detailed course information and the application deadlines, please visit the course page. 

Grants are awarded based on individual need. Please note: The International Classical Guitar Festival Summer School Bursary has its own application form.

Awards will be determined by the following criteria:

  1. For music students (first-study classical guitar) and young professional players aged 18-24 years old or in full-time study at a UK university or music college.
  2. An assessment of each student’s potential based on previous study, work, references. and current level of study (academic year).
  3. An assessment of the student’s video recorded performance, submitted via DVD, YouTube or Dropbox.
  4. Students may only be awarded a bursary for one summer school.

 

Sussex Heritage Trust Bursary Scheme  
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

 

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.

 

The South Square Trust Award
Available to young graduate level students to help them develop their skills.

Eligibility: students must be young graduate level students who are looking for a silversmithing short course that will help them develop their skills. They must hold UK Nationality or have been mainly educated in the UK, demonstrate a clear financial need and excellence and be under the age of 30. Students cannot be studying a full-time course at West Dean.

Terms: Grants are given based on individual need. In some cases, we may not be able to fund the full amount and the remaining fees and accommodation costs will need to be covered by the applicant.

All students awarded funding are required to submit a written impact statement/report to West Dean within 30 days of completing the short course for which bursary funding was awarded. Guidelines will be issued to successful applicants. In addition, we ask that successful applicants keep in touch for one year after completing their course and let us know how they are faring in their chosen careers.

Course/s should be taken before end April 2024.

Deadline: Submit a completed bursary short course application form by 12 February 2024.

 

(Information last updated 17 January 2024)