International scholarships and bursaries

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We offer a range of scholarships, bursaries and fee waivers for new international students. These offer additional financial support for your studies, and they don't have to be paid back.

2020 entry funding

For 2020 entry we are offering the following fee waivers, bursaries and scholarships for international (non-EU) students.

You must apply for a course before you can apply for a scholarship. Only applicants who have accepted their offer of study will be considered for scholarships. You should only apply for scholarships if you meet the eligibility criteria. Applications that don't meet the criteria will be rejected.

Goldsmiths International Scholarships

Value 

The awards are worth £2,000, £4,000 and £5,000:

Number available

Up to 35

Year of entry

2020 entry 

Eligibility criteria

You must meet the general eligibility criteria and regulations. You must also: 

  • Be classified as international for fee purposes, and not be in receipt of official sponsorship covering your tuition fees
  • Have an offer on an eligible programme at Goldsmiths. Eligible programmes are:

Application deadlines

Applications open on Monday 18 November 2019

If you apply by 31 March 2020 (23:59 GMT), you will hear back about your application on or around 15 April 2020.  
 
If you apply by 17 May 2020 (23:59 GMT), you will hear back about your application on or around 1 June 2020.

Applications will close on 17 May 2020. 

How to apply

You can apply by submitting this application form.

You will be sent instructions after you have been made an offer of an academic place at Goldsmiths.

Selection process

Successful applicants will be selected on a competitive basis.

Initial shortlisting by eligibility criteria will be completed by our Scholarships Co-ordinator. All applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are then forwarded to the next selection stage.

Applications will then be considered by an awarding panel. The panel will consist of representatives from Admissions, and the International Recruitment and Global Opportunities team. The panel will assess the applications based on your academic performance in your prior studies, and information given in the scholarship application. All panel members understand that applicants will have a broad range of differing skills, attributes and experiences.

Final award recipients and reserve candidates will be decided by the panel. Awards will be allocated across a range of subject areas and countries of domicile.

International Response Scholarships

Value 

  • £11,400 allowance
  • A full tuition fee waiver for each year of study
  • Accommodation fee waiver (for a single study bedroom in Goldsmiths halls of residence)

Number available

Up to four (two for undergraduate students; two for postgraduate taught students)

Year of entry

2020 entry 

Eligibility criteria

You must meet the general eligibility criteria and regulations. You must also:

  • Have refugee status in the UK, or have an active application for asylum in the UK (you will be required to provide documentation to demonstrate your status)
  • Be holding an offer of study on an undergraduate or taught postgraduate degree at Goldsmiths

Application deadlines

Applications will open on Tuesday 25 February 2020.

How to apply

When applications open you can apply through our online portal, MyGoldsmiths. You will be sent instructions after you have been made an offer of an academic place at Goldsmiths.

Selection process

Successful applicants will be selected on a competitive basis. 

Initial shortlisting by eligibility criteria will be completed by our Scholarships Co-ordinator. All applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are then forwarded to the next selection stage. 

Applications will then be considered by an awarding panel. All panel members understand that applicants will have a broad range of differing skills, attributes and experiences, so they will give equal consideration to both the applicant’s academic record and their answers to the questions posed in the award application form. Panel members also understand that what is important is the content of the answers and their relevance to the questions, not the standard of writing. 

The panel will consist of representatives from Admissions, Widening Participation, and the Immigration Advisory Service. The panel will assess the applications against the stated criteria.

Final award recipients and reserve candidates will be decided by the panel.

Humanitarian Scholarships

Value 

  • Full tuition fee waiver
  • £11,400 scholarship for your year of study
  • We will also pay for a return trip to and from the UK for you

Number available

Up to two

Year of entry

2020 entry 

Eligibility criteria

You must meet the general eligibility criteria and regulations. You must also:

  • Be currently residing in Palestine or be a holder of Palestinian travel documents
  • Require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK
  • Be holding an offer of study on a taught Masters programme at Goldsmiths
  • Be planning on returning to Palestine or your place of residence to support civic society there

Application deadlines

Applications will open on Monday 20 January 2020.  

How to apply

When applications open you can apply through our online portal, MyGoldsmiths. You will be sent instructions after you have been made an offer of an academic place at Goldsmiths.

Selection process

Successful applicants will be selected on a competitive basis.

Initial shortlisting by eligibility criteria will be completed by our Scholarships Co-ordinator. All applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are then forwarded to the next selection stage.

Applications will then be considered by an awarding panel. All panel members understand that applicants will have a broad range of differing skills, attributes and experiences, so they will give equal consideration to both the applicant’s academic record and their answers to the questions posed in the award application form. Panel members also understand that what is important is the content of the answers and their relevance to the questions, not the standard of writing.  

The panel will consist of representatives from Admissions, an academic department, and the Students’ Union (or associated student representative eg President of the Palestine Society). The panel will assess the applications against the stated criteria.

Final award recipients and reserve candidates will be decided by the panel.

Commonwealth Masters Scholarship

Award value

  • Return airfare from your home country to the UK
  • Approved tuition fees
  • Monthly living allowance between £1,110 and £1,362

Eligibility

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
  • By September 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format

How to apply

For more information and to apply, please visit the Commonwealth Scholarships website.

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) Shared Scholarship Scheme

Please find out more about the application process for the CSC Shared Scholarship Scheme.

Academics at Risk Scholarship

Value 

  • A stipend/living allowance of £15,000 per year for each year of study*
  • A tuition fee waiver*

*For a maximum of four years of full-time study.

This scholarship is offered in collaboration with the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA).

Number available

One

Year of entry

2020 entry 

Eligibility criteria

You must be an early career academic, and must:

  • Have received an offer of a place on a full-time PhD programme
  • Have held an academic post (eg a post as a lecturer and/or researcher) in a higher education institution or equivalent
  • Have been referred via Cara

This scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other Goldsmiths financial award. The academic supervisor will need to provide an update each year confirming academic progress to an expected level.

How to apply

In the first instance you should contact Cara via their website.

If you have any questions, you can contact info@cara.ngo or scholarships@gold.ac.uk.

Selection process

Applicants will have to meet all of the eligibility criteria to be considered for the award.

Chevening Scholarships

Year of entry

2020 entry

Eligibility criteria

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government's global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations.

This scholarship programme makes awards to talented individuals who demonstrate the potential to become future leaders, decision makers and opinion formers across a wide range of fields, including politics, government, media, civil society, religion and academia.

Goldsmiths welcomes many Chevening scholars each year from a wide range of countries including China, Egypt, Hong Kong, Jordan, Mauritius, Pakistan, South Korea and Turkey. Students are studying on courses related to Media and Communications, Digital Media, Filmmaking, Cultural Studies, Gender and Culture, International Studies and many others.

To qualify for a Chevening Scholarship, you must:

  • Demonstrate that you have achieved a minimum English language requirement
  • Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country at the time of applying for the award, and intend to return there at the end of the period of study
  • Hold a degree that is equivalent to at least a good UK second-class honours degree
  • Have completed at least two years' work or equivalent experience

Chevening Scholarships are for high-calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership. You will therefore need to demonstrate that you:

  • Have the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership in your home country
  • Are motivated to develop your career in order to establish a position of leadership in your own country within ten years of your scholarship
  • Have a clear post-scholarship plan, outlining your career objectives and how you plan to achieve them
  • Are committed to networking to find global solutions
  • Are committed to networking within the Chevening community, via online engagement and attending Chevening events in the UK and engaging with the alumni network in your home country
  • Are able to use your studies and experience in the UK to benefit yourself, your country and the UK
  • Are capable of successfully undertaking and completing your proposed course of study in the UK

Application deadlines

Applications close on 5 November 2019.

How to apply

You apply via the Chevening Scholarship website, where you’ll also find full application guidance.

Goldsmiths Alumni Fee Waiver

Value 

30% fee discount to home and EU alumni, and the equivalent amount in pounds sterling to international alumni

Number available

To be confirmed

Year of entry

2020 entry

Eligibility criteria

The award is available to the following Goldsmiths graduates:

  • Home, EU and international graduates (full-time and part-time)
  • Study Abroad graduates
  • Goldsmiths, University of London LaSalle graduates
  • Goldsmiths, University of London Distance Learning programme graduates who have been awarded a BA in English, BSc in Computing and Information Systems, or a BSc in Creative Computing

You must be applying to start a taught Masters programme (MRes and PGCE programmes are not included).

Application deadlines

None – see below.

How to apply

The fee discount will be applied automatically after full enrolment has been completed.

Please note: this award cannot be combined with the Goldsmiths Excellence Fee Waiver.

Goldsmiths Excellence Fee Waiver

Value 

30% fee discount to home and EU students, and the equivalent amount in pounds sterling to international alumni

Number available

To be confirmed

Year of entry

2020 entry

Eligibility criteria

The award is available to:

  • Home, EU and international students (full-time and part-time) who received a first class undergraduate honours degree from a British higher education institution

You must be applying for a taught Masters programme (MRes and PGCE programmes are not included).

Read the full definitions for the eligibility criteria of the Goldsmiths Excellence Fee Waiver.

Application deadlines

None – see below.

How to apply

The fee discount will be applied automatically after full enrolment has been completed.

Please note: this award cannot be combined with the Goldsmiths Alumni Fee Waiver.

Goldsmiths departmental funding schemes

It is worth checking with your academic department to see whether any course or subject-specific funding is available. Visit our departmental awards page for further information.

External sources of funding 

There are a number of international organisations that offer funding to students. Read our External Funding Guide for further information.