The College believes it is vital to provide visible pathways of access to study across our programmes for those suffering financial hardship and for those from under-represented groups.
In 2022, the RCA gave £1m from its own operating surplus to create the Sir Frank Bowling Scholarships to support individuals from underrepresented 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. Availability of named scholarships is limited and almost all are restricted to certain MA programmes.
The RCA offers a range of scholarships that are open to students with refugee and asylum seeker status. These scholarships cover the full cost of study at the RCA; some scholarships also offer support towards living expenses.
Please see below the list of available scholarships.
The majority of named scholarships are offered in the first round of MA programme applications. We strongly recommend you apply for your programme by the first application round deadline of 4 January 2023 in order to be considered for a scholarship.
You need to hold an offer to study at the RCA to be considered for a Scholarship. When you receive your offer to study, the College will invite you to complete an eligibility form to check you meet the requirements for a Scholarship. If you meet these requirements, you will be asked to submit more detailed information and supporting evidence. This information is used by the College to shortlist candidates and award Scholarships. You will then be notified by the College if you have been awarded a Scholarship.
Please note that if you meet the eligibility criteria for a Scholarship but are not successful in the first round of funding allocation, we will consider you for the next round of funding.
Scholarships are awarded based on the following criteria:
- the strength of your RCA application (initial shortlisting);
- financial need (scholarship application);
- specific named scholarship criteria or fee status;
- motivation and potential for leadership (scholarship application); and
- portfolio strength.
Applicants must hold an offer to study on a full-time taught master’s or Research degree at the RCA.
Different scholarships have different additional eligibility requirements, for example financial need, ethnicity, and programme of study.