Undergraduate scholarships and bursaries for 2017 entry


We have a wide range of scholarships and bursaries available for students from many different backgrounds.

You can read more about the scholarships we offer below. Before you apply, please check the application criteria of the scholarship you're interested in and make sure you have access to any supporting documents you'll need to provide.

You can apply for the majority of our scholarships via your MyGoldsmiths account. Some scholarships have a different application process, so make sure you check before creating an online account. 

Please note that scholarship schemes are subject to the availability of funds, and the details are subject to change at any time. If you have any questions about your application please contact

Local students

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries for local students including:

  • Lewisham fee waiver - 10 x full tuition fee waivers (worth £27,750 each) for talented students who live in Lewisham, covering fees for three years.
  • Local student partial fee waivers - 5 x partial fee waivers (worth £13,875 each) to local students from Lewisham, Lambeth, Southwark, Greenwich, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham or Croydon. This award covers 50% of your fees for three years (£4,625 each year). 
  • Local student travel bursaries - 20 x bursaries to cover the cost of an annual zones 1-3 travelcard. This bursary is for students from low income backgrounds from Lewisham, Lambeth, Southwark, Greenwich, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham or Croydon.

Find out more about applying for our local student scholarships

Disabled students

We are able to offer up to 4 scholarships a year for disabled students. These scholarships are worth £4,500 each.

In order to apply you must have a recognised disability that has affected your educational life. This disability must have been disclosed on your UCAS application.

You also need to be a UK national or have been resident in the UK for a minimum of three years prior to the start of your course. This must be your first degree and you should have home fee status.

Mature Students

We offer support for mature students via our Mature Students' Scholarships. There are 10 available each year. The awards are for £3,000 and are aimed at students over the age of 25 who come from a non-traditional academic background and show great academic potential.

To be eligible for one of these awards you must be holding an offer of a place at Goldsmiths starting in October 2017, be over the age of 25 on the first day you start your degree, be undertaking your first undergraduate degree and have a home fee status.

As part of your application you'll need to provide a certificate, passport or driver's licence, an academic reference and verification of your residency in the UK for a minimum of three years prior to application.


International students

We offer a range of scholarships for international students including:

  • Banco Santander Scholarships - 7 x £5,000 scholarships for outstanding candidates from within the Santander Universidades network. This includes institutions in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, UK, Uruguay and USA.
  • Goldsmiths International Scholarships - 3 x awards for students who are refugees or asylum seekers. These awards include an  accommodation fee waive, £11,400 for each year of study and tuition fee waiver

Find out more about applying for our international scholarships.

Care Leavers

We support care leavers by offering up to 5 scholarships a year. These scholarships are worth £4,000 each. They are available as either a cash bursary or can be paid directly towards other costs such as accommodation or computing equipment.

In order to apply you must have been in the care of your Local Authority for a period of 13 weeks or more, including during your 16th birthday. You must be under the age of 25 and your care leaver status needs to have been disclosed on your UCAS application.

You'll also need to be a UK national or have been resident in the UK for a minimum of three years prior to the start of your course. This must be your first degree and you should have home fee status.

Access programme scholarships

We have up to 5 scholarships available for students who are currently studying on Access courses. These scholarships are worth £3,000 each.

In order to decide if you're eligible we will look at your personal statement and how you have performed in your modules on the Access programme.

You also need to be a UK national or have been resident in the UK for a minimum of three years prior to the start of your course. This must be your first degree and you should have home fee status.

Art scholarships

Each year we offer 2 x scholarships of £12,500 for a BA Fine Art student. In order to be eligible for the award you must be a UK national undertaking your first undergraduate degree, able to demonstrate your potential as an artist and have a household income of £25,000 or less, as assessed by Student Finance England. You must have begun study in the first year this October.

If you are in receipt of any other Goldsmiths scholarships or fee waivers you will not be eligible for this award.

To apply, please complete an application form. If you are unable to type the form, please make sure you write legibly (print in black ink).

You must include:

  • A copy of your Foundation/BTEc / Diploma certificate (no originals), Please provide this even if you included it with your course application.
  • Your college email address and student ID number
  • A printed copy of a reference (usually from your Foundation/BTec/Diploma tutor)

Please put these in an envelope clearly marked Gary Hume Scholarship, which should be handed in to the Art Office BPB3 by the deadline of 12 noon, Monday 23 October 2017. Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

For more details, please email Alison Jones or telephone 0207 919 7671

Media scholarships


1 x £9,250 scholarship for a student studying studying Year 0 of the Integrated Degree in Media and Communications. 

Details of this scholarship for 2017 will be confirmed soon. Here is what was availalbe to students applying in 2016:

This scholarship is available through the Media and Communications Department and is for a Year Zero undergraduate student.

It is awarded in partnership with the Stuart Hall Foundation in memory of Stuart Hall, a uniquely gifted teacher, cultural analyst and public intellectual. Hall was internationally recognised as the leading figure in the field of cultural studies and the Professor Stuart Hall Building, which houses the Media and Communications Department, was named in his honour in November 2014. These scholarships are intended to contribute to Goldsmiths' commitment to widening participation. 

This scholarship is £9,000 paid in instalments throughout the degree for maintenance or fees.

Eligibility criteria

You must be enrolled on Year Zero of the degree to be eligible to apply. 

How to apply

Please complete the Professor Stuart Hall Scholarship application form to apply.

For further details please contact Linda Baines,


Applications for this scholarship open on 21 September 2016 and close at noon on 30 September 2016.

Music scholarships

We offer a variety of scholarships and bursaries for music students. These include:

  • Rob Stringer scholarship - 1 x £12,000 to a BMus Popular Music student starting their degree in September 2017
  • Sarah Caple scholarship - £500 scholarships available to current students studying a Music degree to help towards study costs
  • Alexander Ivashkin scholarship - 5 x £9000 scholarships for new BMus Music students starting in 2017, paid in instalments over three years. More details can be found on the Alexander Ivashkin Scholarships page.

Find out more about applying for our music scholarships.

Erasmus bursaries

Mobility bursaries are available to help fund students who want to study and work in Europe as part of our Erasmus scheme. Please contact for further details.


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"This extra money will enable me to focus on my studies"

"I'm a mature student from Liverpool, and I’m the first person in my family to go to university. I had what you might call a disastrous school education. I never enjoyed going to school, and this was reflected in my grades. Going to university wasn’t just out of reach; the thought never even occurred given my economic background and poor education. After secondary school, I drifted from job to job in retail or customer services.

It was a huge decision financially and emotionally to apply to university, especially since I was already 26 years old at that time. However, I reckoned that I had to follow my academic dream. I completed the UCAS application and, against all odds, Goldsmiths offered me a place.

I applied for the Professor Stuart Hall scholarship and was awarded a financial bursary, without which I might have struggled to afford university. This extra money will enable me to focus on my studies instead of working too many hours in a job, and for that I am very grateful. This scholarship has taken a burden off my mind.

Studying in London is not easy, but it is worth it in the long run, with so many opportunities here and so many different cultures to engage with. This year has cemented to me that I made the right choice in coming to Goldsmiths."

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