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Scholarships & Awards

The RCA runs a number of scholarship schemes aimed at enabling access for students with exceptional talent who may otherwise struggle to attend without financial assistance.

The majority of 2020-entry scholarships have been allocated to candidates who applied for their course by the 'round 1' deadline in November 2019. The scholarships listed below will be allocated to candidates applying before the 'round 2' deadline of the 5th February (or beyond if stated). The nominations for all the scholarships below, except the Tony Snowdon Scholarship, will be sent out by a date TBC in the Spring (we will update this page with the exact date nearer the time).

With the exception of the Tony Snowdon Scholarship all of our schemes operate by 'invitation only', with only the candidates with the most outstanding course applications being invited to apply for a scholarship. Once candidates have been nominated they are contacted by our Student Support team and asked to complete selection documents such as personal statements, financial questionnaire and, occasionally, video interviews. 

The Fast Retailing Foundation Scholarship

Eligible Programmes/fee status: Fashion MA and Textiles MA, Japanese nationals only. 

Scholarship value: A number of full tuition fee scholarships plus living costs, value of up to £100,000 per two-year MA. 

Anticipated timeframe: Candidates must hold an offer to study and must have submitted an application to Fast Retailing by the 30th April 2020 to be considered. Shortlisting and interviews will take place in May 2020 by the Fast Retailing Foundation. 

Contact: This is a scholarship managed by the Fast Retailing Foundation. Please the Uniqlo website for more details.

Ameea Scholarships

Eligible Programmes/fee status: Four MA Intelligent Mobility scholarships. UK/EU students only.

Scholarship value: Full tuition fee scholarships with an additional £2,000 awarded towards maintenance costs.

Heveningham Concours Scholarship

Eligible Programmes/fee status:  MA Intelligent Mobility only. Any, but preference for UK students.

Scholarship value: £30,000, with remainder after tuition fees given as cash bursary.

The Tony Snowdon Scholarship

Eligible Programmes/fee status: Applicants to any MA Programme with a diagnosed physical or sensory disability. Students need to register their interest by emailing [email protected] before 30th March 2020. Click here for more information. UK/EU students only.

Scholarship value: Full tuition fee scholarship, plus a maintenance grant of £15,000 per academic year.

The Karakusevic Carson Scholarship

Eligible Programmes/fee status: MA Architecture.

Scholarship value: £10,000 in total but can be split between two students.


The V&A History of Design Bursary (V&A)

Eligible programmes/fee status: V&A/RCA MA History of Design. UK/EU only.

Scholarship Value: One full tuition fee scholarship.

Anticipated Timeframe: Candidates must have applied for their course by 5th February 2020. Invitations to apply sent out in April. Interviews due to take place in May.

Contact - This is a scholarship managed by the V&A and queries should be sent to [email protected]


The Dr. Sylvia Lennie England Bursary for History of Design in the Renaissance or Early Modern Period (V&A)

Eligible programmes/fee status: V&A/RCA MA History of Design. UK/EU only.

Scholarship value: One full tuition fee scholarship.

Anticipated Timeframe: Candidates must have applied for their course by 5th February 2020. Invitations to apply sent out in April. Interviews due to take place in May.

Contact - This is a scholarship managed by the V&A and queries should be sent to [email protected]

Design Trust/RCA Fellowship in Design Curation 2020

Eligible programmes/fee status: V&A/RCA MA History of Design. Individuals based in or connected to Hong Kong or the Greater Bay Area with a background in curating and a research interest in design.

Fellowship value: Full fees for the year-long programme, as well as a stipend of £7,500 (6-month Fellowship) or £15,000 (12-month Fellowship) towards living costs. An additional £3,000 budget will be available to cover further expenses. 

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Additional information

Scholarships are extremely competitive and limited in number, so we recommend you also look into external funding options too and apply for other scholarships available. 

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 in receiving a scholarship, you must meet the terms and conditions of the award in order to continue to receive the scholarship for the duration of your studies.

For more information on any of the RCA scholarships, please contact the Scholarships & Awards team in the Student Support office: [email protected]

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