External funding for Master's programmes (International)
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Advice on sources of funding for MA, MFA, MDes, MEd and MRes students available from external bodies.
In addition the RCA Scholarships offered by the College, a number of external funding options are available from Governments, education and arts and culture organisations. We strongly encourage International students to investigate these options and conduct their own research into funding opportunities.
This page will be updated as new funding options become known. The RCA does not endorse any external scholarship of funding option, this information is provided as a guide only.
It is always a good idea to contact the British Council in your country, as they often have lists of funding opportunities or run scholarship programmes themselves. You can get more information at the British Council website. Funding opportunities for international students are extremely limited and students should plan to cover the cost of study from private means.
External funding organisations & advice
The following are a selection of possible scholarships and funding options as well as advice. This includes general options and country-specific options. We hope you will find this information useful but please note links that open to other websites. The RCA takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of information on these sites.
These options are available to most students regardless of nationality:
MastersCompare postgraduate scholarship - provides an exciting opportunity to help you continue your postgraduate studies and start a Masters course.
FindAMasters scholarship to successful winners who share their passion for postgraduate study. Findamasters.com also has a range of useful guides for finding funding for a Masters degree including charities & trusts, employer sponsorship and crowdfunding.
TopUniversities.com offers a number of postgraduate scholarships and free, downloadable scholarships guide.
MasterStudies.com scholarship are available to students who have a good academic background and are able to demonstrate a motivation to transform the world through their education.
Postgrad Solutions offer bursaries to deserving postgraduate students of all nationalities.
MastersPortal.com scholarship are offered to future international students, who will prove their potential of transforming the world into a better place.
Chevening scholarships enable outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the UK.
Educations.com offers a Study a Master's in Europe Scholarship.
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Industrial Design Studentships for graduates in engineering and science to study for a master's in Industrial Design.
British Fashion Council MA Scholarship
The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (Painting, Print, Sculpture)
The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding
One of the most useful resources to discover funding opportunities is The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding. This is an external resource that the RCA subscribes to and makes available for our students. You can log in with your RCA email or request the pin number from Student Support ([email protected]).
It is often worth looking around for other funding opportunities. There are many hundreds of charitable organisations and educational trusts that can offer financial assistance to students. This form of funding requires hard work and some luck, but many of our current students benefit from assistance from external organisations.
Country-specific funding options
Many countries have their own national scholarship and funding schemes. We've collected some of these below, though this is not exhaustive.
Funding by country
Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund (CCSF)
China Scholarship Council
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
For architecture, interior design, monument preservation, urban planning or urban development see here.
For fine arts, design and film, see here.
DesignSingapore Council Scholarships
UK Scholarships and Fellowships for Singaporeans
National Arts Council (NAC) Arts Scholarship aims to nurture outstanding individuals to contribute to the arts and cultural development in Singapore.
Tan Kah Kee Postgraduate Scholarships
Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship
United States of America
Information about US Loans available for eligible students to study at the RCA.
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to fifty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level.
The Fulbright All Disciplines Award covers academic work in any subject at any recognised UK university.
The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid, provides information on scholarships, loans and other forms of aid