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Some of our scholarships and bursaries are focused on a particular area of study, such as:

● The Orla Kiely Scholarship which supports UK MA Textiles students experiencing financial hardship

● The Charlotte Fraser Scholarship supporting UK MA Ceramics and Glass students

Others focus on ensuring people from a diverse range of backgrounds have the financial support they might need to study at the RCA, for example:

● The Sir Frank Bowling Scholarship, which supports UK students from Black African and Caribbean diaspora heritage, or mixed Black African and Caribbean diaspora heritage, across MA, MRes and PhD study

● The RCA Logitech Scholarships, which provide scholarships for students on any course from underrepresented communities and facing financial hardship

● The Tony Snowdon Scholarship, which supports students from any programme with a physical or sensory disability

The majority of scholarships are offered in the first round of MA programme applications. As you need to hold a degree offer in order to apply for a scholarship, we strongly recommend you apply for your programme by the first application round in order to be considered for a scholarship.

The number of scholarships available at the RCA has is growing significantly, but they remain extremely competitive. We recommend you also look into external funding options too and apply for other sources of funding available.

Awarding of funding

Once you have received an offer from the RCA, you should express interest in any scholarships available for your programme using the link below by 31 May.

The Scholarships Team will forward you an application form for each scholarship for which you are eligible by 7 June 2022. The deadline for submitting a completed scholarship application(s) is 17 June 2022.


You must hold an offer to study on a full-time taught Master’s degree at the RCA.

Scholarships are awarded predominantly on an assessment of financial hardship and social disadvantage. You will be required to upload suitable evidence to demonstrate this in your application.

Applications to certain scholarships may also ask for a selection of portfolio images and participatIon in a video interview.

Scholarships for 2022 entry

To express interest in scholarships you may be eligible for edit:

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Terms and conditions

  • Scholarships are awarded for a specific programme and entry point and cannot be deferred without consent from the academic programme and scholarships panel.
  • No correspondence will be entered into regarding the reasons for their decision.
  • No appeal is allowed, as once scholarships are awarded, all available funds have been committed.
  • If successful, the scholarship recipient must meet the terms and conditions of the award in order to continue to receive the scholarship for the duration of the study.
  • Students are required to demonstrate financial need at the time of applying for scholarships.
  • Scholarship recipients will be required to sign a scholarship agreement upon selection to confirm their funding.

Scholarship funding

In 2021, the RCA gave £500,000 from its own operating surplus to be assigned to support fees for individuals from under-represented communities, prioritising Black and African diaspora British applicants and/or including those facing significant financial hardship.

Alongside this, through the support of generous individuals, charitable trusts and foundations and corporate supporters, the RCA is proud to offer a number of named scholarships.

Other funding opportunities

It is often worth looking around for other funding opportunities. In the UK there are many hundreds of charitable organisations and educational trusts that can offer financial assistance to students. Being successful in receiving this form of funding requires a combination of luck and showing attention to detail in the content of your application. Many of our current students have benefited from assistance from external organisations.

Turn 2 Us is one of the many useful places to look for relevant charities.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is another good place to start. This is an external resource that the RCA subscribes to and makes available for our students. The pin number for this is 1201

If you are not eligible for any of the funding opportunities there is also information on external funding and loan options.

Contact us

For more information, please contact the Scholarships team

Email us at
[email protected]
Scholarship recipients