External funding sources


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 organisationValue 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
Funds for Women Graduates variable Female postgraduate students in the final year of their PhD or writing up
Anglo-Danish Society up to £2,000 Postgraduate Danish students
Il Circolo – Italian Cultural Association variable Italian students & up to £1,000 Students applying for relevant subjects at Masters or PhD level

Postgrad Solutions £500 Prospective postgraduate students
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
CastleSmart £6,000 towards tuition fees Prospective undergraduate students
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 Scholarship £1,500 Students between 16-35
Xero Entrepreneur Scholarship £2,000 Scholarship for budding entrepreneurs 
Orla James Wedding Scholarship £900 Open to students who have been accepted onto a higher education course at a recognised institution
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.
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.
Study Soup Scholarships $1,000 See website or Currently attending an accredited university or college (undergraduate and graduate students are both eligible)
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
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.
First in Family Scholarship $1,000 First in family to attend college and shall be attending an accredited university or college (undergrauate and graduate students are both eligible)
Global Student Scholarship $1,000 Non-U.S student who will be attending an American university or college for a minimum of 10 months (undergraduate and graduate students are both eligible)
CFI Scholarship Program £500 See website

Nestpick Scholarship €2,500 See website

Forktip Women's Innovation Scholarship £1,200 See website

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.

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