Funding a postgraduate course has always been difficult. Competition for funding is fierce and normally only students with good undergraduate degrees (2:1 and above) are considered.
The following information may help you in your search – all sources of funding will have eligibility criteria and you should check these carefully before making an application.
The GSA has a range of scholarships – mostly offering partial assistance with the costs of graduate study. Further information on these can be found here.
Arts and Humanties Research Board
The Arts and Humanities Research Board provides awards for two categories of postgraduate student:
- those pursuing full-time postgraduate diploma/masters courses in certain practice-based, professional and vocational areas of study, including art and design.
- those pursuing practice-based doctoral research in subjects such as art and design and the performing arts.
For more information and applications forms contact the AHRB directly:
Postgraduate Awards Division, Arts and Humanities Research Board
+44 (0) 117 987 6543
AHRC Block Grant Partnership
The Glasgow School of Art is part of a consortium of eight Higher Education institutions which has been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland. Under the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme, the consortium - comprised of the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde and The Glasgow School of Art - will consider applications for doctoral studentship awards in the majority of Arts and Humanities subjects. Full information on the Scottish AHRC DTP and the application process for studentships will be available soon.
SAAS Postgraduate Loan Scheme
These loans are for Scottish domiciled and EU students undertaking a taught masters programme in Scotland. The loan comprises two parts - £5,500 towards tuition costs and £4,500 towards living expenses. You must not have received support from UK or EU public funds for a previous postgraduate course. For more information and to check your eligibility please visit the SAAS website here.
Student Finance England Postgraduate Loans
Postgraduate student loans will be available for most English residents from 2016/17 onwards.
Loans of up to £10,000, to help with tuition fees and living costs, will be available for PG study anywhere in the UK
More information can be found at the following websites:
UG Government website
The Student Room
Students from Northern Ireland
Students from Northern Ireland may apply for a tuition fee loan of £5,500 for masters programmes in the UK.
Students from Wales
Students from Wales should check with their funding body which is considering introducing a similar loan scheme to the English one for 2017 entry.
Professional and Career Development Loans
Students from other parts of the UK may also find support for postgraduate study through a Career Development Loan. Information is available here.
US Federal Financial Aid
The GSA participates in the William D Ford Direct Loan Program, helping US citizens pay for study - more information here.
Students from Erasmus + Programme Countries
Students from Erasmus + Programme Countries (EEA and Turkey) may apply for an Erasmus + Masters loan. Students from France or Spain may apply either in their home country or to the UK scheme. Details of the Erasmus + Masters loan scheme can be found here. This scheme provides up to 12000 Euro for one year programmes and 18000 Euro for two year programmes.
If you are a UK postgraduate student and you experience financial need whilst studying at GSA, you can apply for a Discretionary Grant via our Student Welfare department.
GSA Alumni Discount
If you have completed your undergraduate degree at the GSA, you are eligible for a 5% discount on programme fees for a postgraduate degree. Students wishing to take advantage of this discount should contact Fiona Blair in the Finance Office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
A considerable number of private foundations have limited amounts of money available to support students undertaking a variety of programmes. The following websites are good places to begin your search:
Other Sources of Funding
If you are eligible, there are other alternative sources of funding in existence, in the form of grants and trusts. If you require further guidance on this please contact Student Welfare in for assistance in the first instance.