Undergraduate scholarships and bursaries

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We offer a range of scholarships, bursaries and fee waivers for new undergraduate 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 undergraduate students. 

Lewisham Borough Fee Waiver and New Cross Fire Bursary

Value 

  • A full tuition fee waiver covering three years of an undergraduate degree
  • All successful recipients will also be awarded the New Cross Fire Bursary, worth £4,500 over the duration of your degree

Number available

Up to five

Year of entry

2020 entry 

Eligibility criteria

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

  • Have been resident in the London Borough of Lewisham for three years prior to application
  • Have a household income of under £25,000 per year (as evidenced by your application to the Student Loans Company)
  • Be a UK citizen and eligible for Home fees
  • Be holding an offer of study on an undergraduate degree from 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, Lewisham Borough Council, and an academic department. The panel will assess the applications against the stated criteria. 

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

Travel Bursaries

Value 

The cost of an annual travelcard covering travel from your home to Goldsmiths 

Number available

Up to 10

Year of entry

2020 entry 

Eligibility criteria

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

  • Live in one of the following London boroughs:
    • Lewisham
    • Lambeth
    • Southwark
    • Greenwich
    • Hackney
    • Tower Hamlets
    • Newham
    • Croydon
    • Bromley
  • Have a household income of under £25,000 per year (as evidenced by your application to the Student Loans Company)
  • Be a UK citizen and eligible for Home fees
  • Be holding an offer of study on an undergraduate degree from 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 an academic department. The panel will assess the applications against the stated criteria.

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

Oyster cards with the travelcard pre-loaded will be distributed to recipients at the beginning of the second term of their programme.

Low Participation Neighbourhood Bursaries

Value 

£500

Number available

Unlimited

Year of entry

2020 entry 

Eligibility criteria

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

  • Live in a postcode area with low participation in higher education according to POLAR4 criteria – visit the official postcode checker to see if you are eligible
  • Have a household income of less than £35,000 per year (as evidenced by your application to the Student Loans Company)
  • Be a UK citizen and eligible for Home fees
  • Be holding an offer of study on an undergraduate degree from Goldsmiths

Application deadlines

None – see below for details.

How to apply

You will automatically be awarded the bursary if you meet the eligibility criteria. 

The bursary will be paid after you have enrolled on your programme. You may need to provide bank details in order for the payment to be received.

Mature Student Scholarships

Value 

£3,000 for each year of study on your undergraduate programme at Goldsmiths

Number available

Up to 10

Year of entry

2020 entry 

Eligibility criteria

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

  • Be over the age of 25 on the first day of your degree (taken as the first day of enrolment week)
  • Be a UK citizen and eligible for Home fees
  • Be holding an offer of study on an undergraduate degree from Goldsmiths

Please note that two awards will be reserved for applicants nominated by Open Book. Open Book aims to break down barriers to higher education by working closely with a network of agencies to support people from a wide range of backgrounds, such as ex-offenders and those who have struggled with addiction and mental health.

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 an academic department. The panel will assess the applications against the stated criteria.

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

Scholarship payments will be made in January, March and May in terms 2 and 3 after completion of the first term.

Scholarship payments will be made using the Higher Education Bursaries and Scholarships Scheme (HEBSS).

Access Programme Scholarships

Value 

£1,000 for each year of study on your undergraduate programme at Goldsmiths

Number available

Up to 15

Year of entry

2020 entry 

Eligibility criteria

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

  • Be currently enrolled on an Access to Higher Education course, or have successfully completed an Access programme in the last academic year
  • Be a UK citizen and eligible for Home fees
  • Be holding an offer of study on an undergraduate degree from Goldsmiths
  • Be enrolling on your first undergraduate degree

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 an academic department. The panel will assess the applications against the stated criteria.

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

Care Experienced Bursaries

Value 

£1,000 for each year of study on your undergraduate programme at Goldsmiths

Number available

Unlimited

Year of entry

2020 entry 

Eligibility criteria

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

  • Have been in Local Authority care or kinship care at some point in your life
  • Be a UK citizen and eligible for Home fees
  • Be holding an offer of study on an undergraduate degree from Goldsmiths

Application deadlines

Applications will open on Tuesday 25 February 2020.  

How to apply

If you meet the eligibility criteria above, please get in touch with the Scholarships Team at Goldsmiths to let them know: scholarships (@gold.ac.uk) 

You will then automatically be awarded the bursary. The award will be paid after you have enrolled on your programme.

Payments will normally be made via the Higher Education Bursaries and Scholarships Scheme (HEBSS). You may need to provide bank details in order for the payment to be received.

Disabled Students Bursaries

Value 

£4,500 for each year of study on your undergraduate programme at Goldsmiths

Number available

Up to four

Year of entry

2020 entry 

Eligibility criteria

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

  • Have a recognised disability that has been disclosed on your UCAS application
  • Be a UK citizen and eligible for Home fees
  • Be holding an offer of study on an undergraduate degree from 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.

Final decisions will then be made by the Disability team on the basis of need, and will be communicated to applicants via the Scholarships Co-ordinator.

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

There are two deadlines for this programme, and these will be confirmed shortly.

Applicants who do not apply in time for the first deadline will automatically be considered for the second.

How to apply

When applications open you can apply via a form on our website. 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.

Sir William Boreman's Foundation Grants

Value

Grants of up to £3,000 that can be used to help cover living expenses while studying, including:
  • Daily living costs such as rent and food
  • Travel costs to and from university
  • Educational materials, books and equipment
  • Childcare costs

Number available

Not specified

Year of entry

2020 entry

Eligibility criteria

You must:

  • Be between 16 and 25 years old
  • Be a UK national or have 'settled status'
  • Live in Greenwich or Lewisham
  • Have a total household income of £30,000 or less

Application deadlines

Applications are reviewed several times a year, during meetings on the following dates:
  • 5 November 2019
  • 4 February 2020
  • 2 June 2020

How to apply

Christopher

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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 a 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."