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Our scholarship programme is growing, with hundreds of financial awards planned for the 2024/25 academic year, supporting students with financial needs as well as those from under-represented groups, including students with disabilities and students with refugee and asylum seeker status.

How can I get a scholarship to study at the RCA?

There are two routes to obtaining a scholarship to study at the RCA.

Academic merit

A number of scholarships will be awarded to high-scoring students on the basis of academic merit. Round 1 and 2 programme applications for MA, MFA, MDes, MRes, MArch, and MEd will be automatically assessed for one of these scholarships, and if you receive an academic merit scholarship, you will be told about this at the same time as receiving your RCA offer. Receiving this type of scholarship does not stop you from applying for other scholarships, which might be linked to your financial circumstances or being part of an under-represented group in higher education.

Financial need or being part of an under-represented group in higher education

Applications for these types of scholarships will open in April 2024 for all Round 1 and 2 offer holders for MA, MFA, MDes, MRes, MArch, MEd and MPhil programmes.

Round 1 and 2 offer holders will receive an email with an invitation to complete a scholarship application. Applicants will then be marked against the criteria for the different scholarships that are available and matched to a scholarship based on their score.

If you are a Round 3 applicant, there may be a limited number of scholarships still available but they are likely to be for specific programmes or specific personal circumstances, and mostly for UK students – the majority of scholarships will be awarded to Round 1 and Round 2 applicants. We will add more information to this page if any further opportunities become available from June 2024.

We will shortly be adding more information about scholarship opportunities specific to Graduate Diploma offer holders for September 2024 entry onwards.

PhD offer holders and applicants can find details of the Sir Frank Bowling PhD Studentship in the Our Scholarships section below. Queries about Doctoral Training Grants should be directed to studentships@rca.ac.uk and further information about PGR funding and doctoral loans can be found here

What sorts of scholarships are available for study at the RCA?

Different types of scholarships include:

  • Full fee payment plus living costs
  • Full fee payment
  • Partial fee payment
  • Contributions to living costs

Most scholarships are for UK (Home) students, though international scholarships are also available.

View our list of confirmed scholarships for 2024/25 below, or visit the programme page you're interested in to see the scholarships available for that programme.

How can I prepare for my scholarship application?

Round 1 and 2 offer holders for MA, MFA, MDes, MRes, MArch, MEd and MPhil programmes will be invited in April to answer the following scholarship application questions:

Section 1: Priority eligibility 

  • Have you received means-tested student funding or scholarship support in another higher education institution?  Evidence could include your Student Finance or scholarship confirmation.
  • Have you received any means-tested government benefit in the last 5 years? Evidence could include confirmation of benefits payments or a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions or similar government document.
  • Have you experienced unavoidable financial hardship? Evidence could include bankruptcy paperwork, bank or credit card statements or credit/loan agreements (NOTE there is also flexibility here for applicants from outside the UK to provide evidence related to the economic and political climate of their home country).
  • Do you have a disability or chronic health condition that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on your ability to do daily activities? Evidence could include a medical or diagnostic report or another official document that explains the nature of your disability or health condition.
  • Do you currently have or have you ever had refugee or asylum status? Evidence could include a copy of your Application Registration Card (ARC) or permission to stay documentation.
  • Do you consider yourself care experienced?  Evidence could include social care or local authority documentation.
  • Do you have primary caring responsibilities for a dependent or another family member?  Evidence could include a Child Benefit Letter, Tax Credits, or another official document that evidences your situation.
  • Do you consider this to be a career change, or are you returning to work after a career break / parental leave?  Evidence could include a CV, resignation letter, reference or another document that evidences your situation.

Please note that if you select 'no' for all of the Eligibility Check criteria, you will still be able to submit a short supporting statement (150 words) outlining why you should be considered for scholarship opportunities despite not meeting any of the Eligibility Check criteria above.

Section 2: Personal statement questions

  • Outline a summary of your background and financial need (150 words)
  • Outline what steps you are taking to plan and prepare financially for study at RCA (150 words)
  • Outline how you would benefit from a scholarship at RCA, in the context of your current circumstances (150 words)
  • Outline your future career goals and what you see as the positive outcome of receiving a scholarship beyond your studies at RCA (150 words)

The RCA's definition of disadvantage may help you to compose your answer to the first personal statement question:

  • experience of discrimination or disadvantage based on ethnicity or other protected characteristics
  • refugee or asylum status
  • type of school and education opportunities experienced
  • growing up in social housing
  • caring responsibilities
  • having experience of being in care
  • social class
  • parental or carer occupational background and/or educational attainment
  • receipt of state benefits or experience of unemployment (either yourself, or parent, or carer)
  • lack of access to professional and supportive networks
  • receipt of means-tested, state-assisted, undergraduate funding

I do not have the finances to pay the deposit to secure my place, is there any support available?

We are committed to ensuring that financial need is not a barrier to studying at the RCA, and any student unable to secure their place through a deposit can apply for deposit exemption status

Other funding opportunities

Scholarships are extremely competitive and limited in number and meeting the eligibility criteria for a scholarship does not guarantee that you will receive one. We recommend you look into external funding options and apply for any other sources of funding available to you.

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 the pin number for access is 1201.

Guidance for funding your studies

Scholarship general terms and conditions

  • Scholarships are awarded for a specific programme and entry year and cannot be deferred without consent from the academic programme and scholarships panel.
  • Scholarship amounts and restrictions will vary across individual awards.
  • No correspondence will be entered into regarding scholarship outcomes and no appeal is allowed.
  • The RCA may terminate the scholarship in the event that:
    a) your performance assessment fails to meet the standards as set forth in the RCA Regulations
    b) you fail to comply with any of the terms as set out in the RCA Terms & Conditions and the RCA reasonably considers that you have committed an act that may prejudice or damage the reputation of the RCA.

Our scholarships

For: All MA programmes, MArch, MFA, MDes, MRes & MEd

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £5,000 towards fees

This scholarship is awarded with Round 1 and Round 2 programme offers to high-scoring students on the basis of academic merit.

Round 1 and 2 programme applications will be automatically assessed for one of these scholarships. If you are successful, you will be told about this at the same time as receiving your RCA offer.

For: All MA programmes, MArch, MFA, MDes, MRes & MEd

Eligibility criteria: Students from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, USA

Eligible fee status: Overseas fee status

Value: £7,000 towards fees

This scholarship is awarded with Round 1 and Round 2 programme offers to high-scoring students on the basis of academic merit.

Round 1 and 2 programme applications will be automatically assessed for one of these scholarships. If you are successful, you will be told about this at the same time as receiving your RCA offer.

For: All MA programmes, MArch, MFA, MDes, MRes & MEd

Eligibility criteria: Students from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey

Eligible fee status: Overseas fee status

Value: £7,000 towards fees

This scholarship is awarded to Round 2 and Round 3 high-scoring students on the basis of academic merit.

Round 2 and 3 programme applications will be automatically assessed for one of these scholarships. If you are successful as a Round 2 offer holder you will be told about this at the same time as receiving your RCA programme offer; if you are successful as a Round 3 offer holder, you will be sent an email confirmation from the Scholarships Team from early May.

For: All MA programmes, MArch, MFA, MDes, MRes & MEd

Eligibility criteria: Students who identify as D/deaf or disabled

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £6,000 for living costs

For: All MA programmes, MArch, MFA, MDes, MRes & MEd

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £5,000 for living costs

For: MA Painting

Eligibility criteria: Students from China, France, Monaco, Portugal, Spain

Value: Full fees & maintenance

For: MA Intelligent Mobility

Eligible fee status: Home & Overseas (EU) fee status

Value: Full fees & maintenance (Home) / Fee discount (Overseas - EU)

For: MA Textiles

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees & maintenance

For: MA Visual Communication

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £10,000 towards fees

For: MA Architecture

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £5,000 for living costs

For: MA Sculpture

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees

For: MA Ceramics & Glass

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees

For: MA Visual Communication

Eligible fee status: Home & Overseas fee status

Value: Full fees & maintenance (Home) / Fee discount (Overseas)

For: MA Textiles

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £3,000 towards fees

For: MA Architecture, MA Writing, MA Animation, MA Product Design

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees & maintenance

For: All one-year MA, MArch, MFA, MDes & MEd programmes

Eligibility criteria: Passport holders of India, Nigeria or Thailand

Eligible fee status: Overseas fee status

Value: £10,000 towards fees

For more information on the GREAT Scholarships 2024, please visit Study UK.

How to apply

Please note there is a different application process for this scholarship, compared to other RCA scholarships.

You must apply for and receive an offer to study on a full-time, one-year taught masters programme before you can complete a scholarship application.

Once you have a programme offer and you are sure that you meet the eligibility criteria, please complete this form to register your interest in making an application for a GREAT Scholarship

All Round 1 and 2 offer holders will be invited to complete a general RCA scholarship application in April 2024, asking for more information about you, your circumstances and your goals for the future. Make sure you have enough time to prepare strong answers. We will assess your responses and academic merit when making scholarship decisions. Those with Round 3 offers by 30 April will also be invited to apply for a GREAT Scholarship if you register your interest via the form above, but please note that other RCA scholarships may no longer be available: we therefore encourage you to apply for your programme of choice as early as possible.

GREAT scholarships may be combined with external funding as long as this does not cover 100% of your tuition fees.

GREAT scholarships may be combined with.other RCA scholarships - you do not need to apply directly for individual RCA awards; instead, your scholarship application will be marked against the criteria for all the different scholarships that are available

Successful candidates will be required to represent the RCA and the British Council as an ambassador for the GREAT scheme.

For more information, please contact the Scholarships team at scholarships@rca.ac.uk

For: MA Ceramics & Glass

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £3,000 towards fees

For: MA Textiles

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees

For: MA Intelligent Mobility

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees & maintenance

For: Any MA programme

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £10,000 towards fees

For: MA Innovation Design Engineering

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £10,000 towards fees

For: MA Fashion, MA Textiles

Eligible fee status: Home & Overseas fee status

Value: £5,000 for living costs

For: MA Sculpture, MA Painting, MA Contemporary Art Practice, MA Print, MA Photography Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees

For: MA Design Products, MA Fashion, MA Service Design, MA Textiles, MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering

Eligibility criteria: Students from under-represented communities

Eligible fee status: Home & Overseas fee status

Value: Full fees

For: Preference MA Design Products

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees & Maintenance

For: MA Painting

Eligible fee status: Students from the EU with Overseas fee status

Value: Full fees

For: MA Ceramics & Glass

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees & maintenance

For: MA Fashion

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £10,000 towards fees

For: MA Fashion

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees & maintenance

For: MA Textiles

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees

For: MA Textiles

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £10,000 towards fees

For: MA Painting

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees

For: MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering

Eligible fee status: Home & Overseas fee status

Value: £5,000 towards fees

For: MA Painting, MA Sculpture, MA Jewellery & Metal, MA Ceramics & Glass

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £9,000 towards fees

For: MA Fashion

Eligible fee status: Home & Overseas fee status

Value: £20,000. If Home, Full Tuition Fee & Maintenance / If Overseas Tuition Fee Discount

For: MA Textiles

Eligible fee status: Home & Overseas fee status

Value: £20,000. If Home, Full Tuition Fee & Maintenance / If Overseas Tuition Fee Discount

For: MA Sculpture, MA Painting, MA Contemporary Art Practice, MA Print and MA Photography

Eligible fee status: Home & Overseas fee status

Value: £10,000 towards fees

For: MA Environmental Architecture, MA Sculpture, MA Writing, MA Innovation Design Engineering

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees & maintenance

For: MA Ceramics & Glass

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £10,000 towards fees

For: All programmes excluding PhD & short courses

Eligibility criteria: Black or Black British Caribbean, Black or Black British African, Other Black Background, Mixed - White and Black Caribbean, Mixed - White and Black African

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees & maintenance

For: full-time, three-year PhDs will be applicable (both high and low residency routes)

Eligibility criteria: UK students from Black African and Caribbean diaspora heritage, or from mixed Black African and Caribbean diaspora heritage

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Tuition fees for a three-year period of full-time study, a stipend of £20,622 per annum, and access to research training support.

The successful applicant must commence their PhD between September 2024 and October 2025.

How to apply: Applications will remain open until Friday 3 May 2024.

Detailed PhD application guidance can be found here but please note -

  • Before you start your application you must identify the School or Centre most appropriate to your proposed area of study
  • When making your application, in the first line of the ‘Research Proposal’ section, please indicate clearly which of the School's research area(s) your research proposal fits within, and that the application is for the Sir Frank Bowling PhD Studentship

All applications will be reviewed in two stages by a team of academics with experience of supervising research degrees within the School:

  • A review of the application and portfolio of work
  • A selection panel assessment of quality of proposal, readiness for study at this level, the feasibility of the project and supervisory capacity.

Successfully shortlisted candidates will be called for interview either in person or online.

For: MA Jewellery & Metal

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £10,000 for living costs

For: MFA Communication

Eligible fee status: Home & Overseas fee status

Value: £2,000 towards fees

For: MFA Arts & Humanities

Eligible fee status: Home & Overseas fee status

Value: £5,000 towards fees

For: MA Visual Communication

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £10,000 towards fees

For: MA Interior Design

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £10,000 towards fees

Contact us

For more information, please contact the Scholarships team

Email us at
scholarships@rca.ac.uk
Scholarship recipients