In addition to the scholarships and bursaries offered by Goldsmiths there are many external organisations that offer funding to both undergraduate and postgraduate students (prospective or current), and it's worth exploring this avenue as a way to secure funding for tuition fees, maintenance and, if applicable, research expenses.
These organisations include charities, trusts, foundations and professional bodies, and they all have different funding provision, eligibility criteria, and application procedures.
Most organisations have a limit on what they can award, and it's rare to secure full funding for the entirety of your programme from just one source. It's therefore worth applying to as many organisations as possible (after checking that you're eligible), and trying to secure multiple awards. Be aware that some or all of your applications may be unsuccessful, so make sure you have a contingency plan before you start your studies.
Where to search
The following websites offer details of relevant organisations:
International students should look here for information on external sources of funding
It's also worth visiting your local library and looking through one or more of the following publications for information on grant-making bodies:
- Educational Grants Directory
- Charities Digest
- Grants Register
- Directory of Grant Making Trusts
There's a lot of information out there so be aware that this could be a time-consuming process.
Examples of grant-making bodies
Here are a few examples of organisations that offer funding to students:
|Name of organisation||Value of award||Eligibility||Further information|
|Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust||up to £3,000||Students who have a parent or spouse who is a grocer, chemist or commercial traveller||www.leverhulme-trade.org.uk|
|Funds for Women Graduates||variable||Female postgraduate students in the final year of their PhD or writing up||www.ffwg.org.uk|
|Anglo-Danish Society||up to £2,000||Postgraduate Danish students||www.anglo-danishsociety.org.uk|
|Il Circolo – Italian Cultural Association||variable||Italian students||www.ilcircolo.org.uk|
|FindAMasters.com & FindAPhD.com||up to £1,000||Students applying for relevant subjects at Masters or PhD level|
|Postgrad Solutions||£500||Prospective postgraduate students||www.postgrad.com/editorial/bursaries|
|The Foundation of St Matthias||£10,000 per year||Students in financial need who are committed to contributing to religious life through the Church of England or affiliated churches||St Matthias Scholarship information booklet|
|Matinee Voice Over Scholarship||£700||Prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students||www.matinee.co.uk/matinee-voice-over-scholarship/|
|CastleSmart||£6,000 towards tuition fees||Prospective undergraduate students||castlesmart.com/?scholarship|
|Activia Training Annual Scholarship||£1,000||See website|
|Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship||Up to £1,000 plus mentoring and CV sessions||Students between 14-21 years old, from an Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background||bcaheritage.org.uk/black-cultural-archives-announces-the-miranda-brawn-diversity-leadership-scholarship/|
|Preply.com Scholarship||£1,500||Students between 16-35||preply.com/en/scholarships|
|Xero Entrepreneur Scholarship||£2,000||Scholarship for budding entrepreneurs||www.xero.com/uk/offer/scholarship|
|Orla James Wedding Scholarship||£900||Open to students who have been accepted onto a higher education course at a recognised institution||www.orlajames.com/blog/wedding-scholarship/|
|Bank of England African/African-Caribbean Scholarship Programme||Up to £30,000 plus paid internships at the Bank of England and mentoring, coaching and support from a member of the Bank of England team.||Students from a Black or Mixed African/ Caribbean background with a household income below £50,000 who are starting a full-time undergraduate degree in autumn 2017.||www.windsor-fellowship.org/bank-of-england|
|Don’t tell the Joneses||£650||To be eligible for this scholaship you must be an undergraduate, you must not be involved with any other scholarship programme, and you must complete an essay about how technology with shape the future.||donttellthejoneses.com/scholarship|
|Study Soup Scholarships||$1,000||See website or Currently attending an accredited university or college (undergraduate and graduate students are both eligible)||studysoup.com/women-in-technology-scholarship|
|Nature's Cure Zone||£1,000||UK students who are currently studying in the area of Medicine, Business, Economics, Management Information System, Nursing, Marketing, Chemistry and Social Science||http://naturescurezone.com/scholarship-uk/|
|Westheimer Health and Social Care Scholarship||£10-20,000 a year||Young asylum seekers who want to study social care, medicine, nursing or related professions.||http://swtrust.org.uk/|
Top tips for funding applications
1. Prepare in advance. You should start looking for funding around 10-12 months before you intend to start your studies. If the deadline for an award has passed, it's unlikely that the funding body will accept late applications.
2. Check eligibility criteria. This may seem obvious, but most funding bodies have strict criteria for the allocation of funding. Don't apply unless you meet their criteria.
3. Spend time on your application. Funding bodies receive lots of applications, so it's important that you take time to communicate your skills, interests and qualifications properly. If you're making multiple applications don't just copy and paste the same content into every application form – make sure you tailor applications accordingly.
4. Find a suitable referee. Start contacting potential referees now, in case you're required to submit a reference with your application.
5. Have a contingency plan. It's important to be realistic about the chances of receiving funding and you should always look for alternative sources of funding for your studies.