Scholarships & Awards

Pre-entry Scholarships

The list below gives information about the scholarships administered by the scholarships team in 2019.

This list will be updated as new scholarships are confirmed, so please check back from time to time. Please note the application dates listed, as they can vary. 

General Information

Applicants are nominated by their Programme to apply to a scholarship scheme using the following criteria:

  • the strength of your RCA application 
  • financial need
  • talent
  • academic promise
  • your portfolio.

As scholarships are extremely competitive and limited in number, applications are solicited by invitation only. Nominated students will be contacted by the scholarships team via email and invited to apply. 

If you have not been invited to apply, please presume you were not nominated.

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.

Additional information

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 you're unsuccessful in applying for a scholarship, there are various funding options available to help postgraduate students with their studies, including loans and scholarships. For more information, see External Funding.

V&A History of Design Scholarship

Eligible Programmes/fee status:
MA History of Design / UK-EU

Scholarship value:
1 x £14,500 full tuition fee scholarship

Anticipated timeframe:

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to make an application in May 2019. To be eligible for this scholarships candidates must have applied to the MA Programme by 1 April 2019.

This is a scholarship managed by the V&A and queries should be sent to f.hall@vam.ac.uk

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

Eligible Programmes/fee status:
MA History of Design / UK-EU 

Scholarship value:
1 x £14,500 full tuition fee scholarship

Anticipated timeframe:

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to make an application in May 2019. To be eligible for this scholarships candidates must have applied to the MA Programme by 1 April 2019.

This is a scholarship managed by the V&A and queries should be sent to f.hall@vam.ac.uk.

The Jordan Bequest Scholarship in the History of Design (V&A)

Eligible Programmes/fee status:
MA History of Design / UK-EU 

Scholarship value:
Full tuition fee and £19,500 towards maintenance

Anticipated timeframe:

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to make an application in May 2019. To be eligible for this scholarships candidates must have applied to the MA Programme by 1 April 2019.

This is a scholarship managed by the V&A and queries should be sent to f.hall@vam.ac.uk.

Graduate Diploma Scholarships

Eligible Programmes/fee status:
Graduate Diploma (July 2019 Entry). Any fee status.

Scholarship value:
2 x £9,000 bursaries

Programme application deadline:
To be considered for the scholarship make an application for the Graduate Diploma programme by the 1 April 2019. 

Anticipated timeframe:
Shortlist will be based on course applications and invited candidates will be contacted on the 10 May 2019. 

The Aedas Scholarship

Eligible Programmes/fee status:

MA City Design and MA Architecture;  international students only

Scholarship value:

One full-fee tuition fee scholarship

Programme application deadline:

Extended: now 25 March 2019

Anticipated timeframe:

Invitation to apply to scholarship sent by 16 May 2019.

Burberry Design Scholarships

Eligible Programmes/fee status:

Scholarships open to applicants to the following Programmes: Architecture, Design Products, Digital Direction, Fashion, Information Experience Design, Innovation Design Engineering, Interior Design, Jewellery & Metal, Photography, Print, Textiles, Visual Communications.

Open to UK/EU students only. Preference is given to UK students from Yorkshire and students with financial challenges.

Scholarship value:

Eight full-fee tuition fee scholarships and a MacBook Pro laptop 

Anticipated timeframe:

Invitations to apply sent out by 2 April 2019.

The Cass Art Scholarship

Eligible programmes/fee status:

For one MA Sculpture student, UK/EU students only

Scholarship value:

One full tuition fee scholarship

Anticipated timeframe:

Invitations to apply sent out by 25 April 2019

The Griffin Scholarship

Eligible programmes/fee status:

Ceramics & Glass and Jewellery & Metal; UK/EU students only, preference for Scottish students

Scholarship value:

On full tuition fee scholarship

Anticipated timeframe:

Invitation to apply to scholarship in April 2019.

Haberdasher's Textile Scholarship

Eligible programmes/fee status:

Textiles; UK/EU students only

Scholarship value:

First-year tuition fees and a £500 cash bursary

Anticipated timeframe:

Invitations to apply sent out by 2 April 2019.

Heveningham Concours Scholarship

Eligible programmes/fee status:

Intelligent Mobility; any fee status, with remainder issued as a cash bursary. Preference for UK student.

Scholarship value:

£30,000

Anticipated timeframe:

Invitations to apply sent out by 25 April 2019.

Karakusevic Carson

Eligible programmes/fee status only:

Architecture: UK/EU  students only

Award value:

£5,000 towards first-year tuition fees

Anticipated timeframe:

Invitation to apply to scholarship in May or June 2019.

The Liu Ling Scholarship

Eligible programmes/fee status:

MA Service Design; any fee status

Scholarship value:

One full tuition fee scholarship and £12,000 towards maintenance

Anticipated timeframe:

Invitations to apply sent out by the 16 May 2019.

The Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation Scholarship

Eligible programmes/fee status:

MA Environmental Architecture. International students only. Must be a resident of Hong Kong.

Scholarship value:

One full tuition fee scholarship

Programme application deadline: 

28 February 2019

Anticipated timeframe:

Invitations to apply to scholarship sent out by 25 April 2019.

The Rose Finn-Kelcey Bursary

Eligible programmes/fee status:

Contemporary Art Practice, Painting, Print, Photography, Sculpture; UK/EU students only

Bursary value:

One part-fee bursary with a total value of £10,000. £5,000 per academic year for fees and travel expenses

Anticipated timeframe:

Invitations to apply sent out by the 2 April 2019.

Tony Snowdon Scholarship

Eligible Programmes: All MA Programmes UK/EU students only

Targeting students with physical and sensory difficulties this scholarship is open for 2019 entry. Full details of this significant scholarship can be found here

Update – Students shortlisted for the Tony Snowdon Scholarship will be contacted by 2 April 2019. 

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