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Scholarships Frequently Asked Questions >

What is the deadline for scholarship applications?

The GSA Scholarship application deadline is Monday 6 September 2021 at 16:00 GMT. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Who can apply for a GSA Scholarship?

GSA Scholarships are open to new undergraduate (including direct entry into year 2 or 3) and new postgraduate students who have a conditional or unconditional offer of study at the GSA 

I don’t have an offer yet to study at the GSA. Can I still apply for a scholarship?

No – you must have either a conditional or unconditional offer of a place of study at the GSA before you can apply for a scholarship. You must submit a copy of your offer letter or e-mail with your scholarship application. 

I am a new International Foundation student – can I apply for GSA scholarships?

Yes – you are eligible to apply for the undergraduate scholarships.

I studied at the GSA as an undergraduate student and I’m returning as a postgraduate student. Am I a new student?

Yes - if you studied at the GSA as an undergraduate student and are returning to study on a postgraduate programme, you would be considered a new postgraduate student.

Diploma of Architecture students are considered as new undergraduate students and are therefore eligible to apply for the undergraduate GSA Scholarships. This includes students who studied BArch at GSA.

Students new to GSA joining the 2 year Diploma of Architecture programme are eligible to apply for the undergraduate GSA ccholarships and the Governors International 24 month scholarship, if they meet the specific criteria.

I studied at the GSA as an International Foundation student and I’m returning as an undergraduate student. Am I a new student?

Yes - you are eligible to apply for the undergraduate scholarships.

How many scholarships can I apply for?

You can apply for a maximum of two scholarships. Use one application form only. If a Scotland’s Saltire Scholarship is one of your two scholarship selections, you must submit an online application form to the Scottish Government in addition to the scholarship application submitted to the GSA.

Which GSA School does my programme of study belong to?

Some GSA scholarships are only available to students from specific programmes/Schools.

Please find below a breakdown of programmes by School:

Innovation School programmes

  • BDes/MEDes Product Design
  • MDes Design Innovation and Citizenship
  • MDes Design Innovation and Collaborative Creativity
  • MDes Design Innovation and Environmental Design
  • MDes Design Innovation and Interaction Design
  • MDes Design Innovation and Service Design
  • MDes Design Innovation and Transformation Design
  • MSc International Management and Design Innovation 

Mackintosh School of Architecture programmes

  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Diploma of Architecture 
  • Engineering with Architecture
  • MArch in Architecture (By Conversion)
  • MArch in Architectural Studies

School of Design programmes

  • BA (Hons) Communication Design
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Design
  • BA(Hons) Interaction Design
  • BA (Hons) Interior Design
  • BA (Hons) Silversmithing and Jewellery Design
  • BA (Hons) Textile Design
  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) with Honours or Masters of Engineering (Meng) Product Design
  • MDes Communication Design
  • MDes Graphics/Illustration/Photography
  • MDes Interior Design
  • MSc Product Design Engineering

School of Fine Art programmes

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art Photography
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art – Painting and Printmaking
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art – Sculpture and Environmental Art
  • Master of Fine Art
  • MLitt Art Writing 
  • MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art)
  • MLitt Fine Art Practice

School of Simulation and Visualisation programmes

  • BSc Immersive Systems Design (3D Modelling; Games & VR)
  • BDes (Hons) Sound for the Moving Image
  • MDes Sound for the Moving Image
  • MSc International Heritage Visualisation
  • MSc Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy
  • MSc Serious Games and Virtual Reality

Non-School specific programmes also eligible for scholarship support

  • International Foundation programme
  • Master of Research
  • Doctoral Studies

My scholarship choice requires me to prove that I am a Scottish resident. What evidence do you require me to send?

Scottish residency is determined using the same criteria SAAS use to assess students for tuition fee funding. If you are being funded by SAAS as a Scottish student, please send a copy of your SAAS award letter with your application. If you are not being funded by SAAS – perhaps you have already completed an HND and SAAS will not pay your tuition fees until the 2nd year of your studies – then you should include the SAAS correspondence confirming this). This evidence can be submitted after the scholarship application deadline if your SAAS application is still to be assessed.

I am an EU student, what scholarships can I apply for?

EU students can apply for most of the GSA scholarships. Some scholarships have a domicile or tuition fee status requirement. Information on tuition fee status can be found here. New EU students, moving to Scotland to join GSA, are likely to be considered international fee payers and therefore are eligible to apply for our international scholarships. New students from the Republic of Ireland are likely to be considered an RUK fee payers and are therefore eligible for our Home/RUK scholarships. EU students who have been resident in Scotland prior to 31 Dec 2020 (the date the UK exited the EU) may be eligible for Home tuition fee status. Please contact admissions@gsa.ac.uk to discuss your fee status.

Who is eligible for the RUK Welcome Scholarship?

The RUK Welcome Scholarship is available to students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Applicant must be classed as an RUK (£9,250) fee payer and must demonstrate they are from a low income household.

I am applying for the GSA RUK Welcome Scholarship. What evidence do I need to send to prove my RUK fee status, my £9,250 tuition fee, and to show that my household income is not more than £50,000?

Please provide your GSA offer notification/e-mail indicating your tuition fee status. If available, please also include a copy of your financial notification letter from your funding body (Student Finance England/Wales/Northern Ireland/SAAS) with your scholarship application. If you have applied for the maximum maintenance loan available to you the amount of loan you are awarded will indicate your household income. This evidence can be submitted after the scholarship application deadline if your funding application is still to be assessed by your student funding body.

Students from the Republic of Ireland are not eligible for a maintenance student loan but can apply to SAAS for a tuition fee loan. With your application for the GSA RUK Welcome Scholarship please include your SAAS Award Letter (this can be submitted after the scholarship application deadline if necessary) and evidence of your household income from the 2021 tax year. Details of what is considered household income can be found here. Below is a list of documents you can submit with your scholarship application to demonstrate your household income. Please include evidence of income from your parents if you are under the age of 25 at the start of your course:

  • P60 / Employment Detail Summary
  • Final pay slips from the 2021 tax year
  • Annual tax summary
  • State benefits letter
  • Self-employed / property Tax Assessment calculation

Please contact scholarship@gsa.ac.uk if you are unsure what evidence to include with your application

I am a resident of the Republic of Ireland – am I eligible for the GSA RUK Welcome Scholarship? 

Students from the Republic of Ireland with an RUK fee status are eligible to apply for the RUK Welcome Scholarship. Student from the Republic of Ireland who have been ordinarily resident in Scotland prior to 31 Dec 2020 may be categorised with a Home/Scottish fee status – these students are not eligible for the RUK Welcome Scholarship. Please contact admissions@gsa.ac.uk to discuss your fee status.

Can you help me to choose which scholarships I should apply for?

No – you must make the selection based on your personal eligibility. You must check the eligibility criteria; this will show you what you can apply for.

I don’t meet the eligibility criteria – should I apply anyway?

No – only students who meet the eligibility criteria can be considered.

I have a fee waiver or academic excellence scholarship – should I apply for a GSA scholarship?

Yes – you can apply for maintenance only scholarships.

What information do I need to send with my application?

You must submit a completed application form and a copy of your conditional or unconditional offer letter/email. Depending on your circumstances and the scholarship you are applying for, you may need to submit your funding award letter.

I am applying for a scholarship that requires me to send an image of a piece of work (max A5 size). Is it OK to send a larger piece of work?

Specific scholarships require you to submit an image of a piece of A5 artwork. This means your electronic image will be viewed at A5 size. Do not send multiple images of your piece of work.

How do I demonstrate my ‘financial need’?

You can demonstrate financial need with your answers in Section 3 of your scholarship application form. There is no need to provide bank statements or tax documents. 

How will I know that you have received my application?

You will receive an email acknowledgement within three working days of your scholarship application submission. This may be after the deadline.

How and when will I know if my application has been successful?

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email no later than 31 July 2021.

What should I do if I realise part of my application is incorrect after submitting it?

If you realise before the application deadline please contact scholarships@gsa.ac.uk with details.

What do I have to do if I am awarded a scholarship?

Full details will be given to scholarship awardees about the process and dates of payment etc.

What if I decide not to start my course at the GSA?

Scholarships are paid to fully enrolled students only; you will not receive any funds if you are awarded a scholarship but do not commence your studies. If you defer your studies you will need to re-apply for a GSA scholarship.

Once I start my course, will a Leave of Absence affect my scholarship?

Yes – If you take a Leave of Absence your scholarship will be suspended. Most scholarships are reinstated upon return from a Leave of Absence.

What if I withdraw from my programme of study?

If you withdraw from your programme at any point you will not receive further scholarship payments. This could result in you having a tuition fee debt which will need to be paid by you to the GSA Finance Office.

If I change my programme of study will it affect my scholarship?

If you change your programme of study it is not guaranteed that your scholarship will transfer with you. You will need to seek advice from Student Welfare at GSA, should this situation arise.

Can I defer my offer to next year and defer my scholarship?

You need to contact Admissions if you wish to defer your entry to the GSA. GSA scholarships cannot be deferred and you will need to reapply along with students entering GSA next year. We cannot guarantee scholarship availability for next year. 

I have a question that is not covered in the above. Who can I ask?

Please email your enquiry to scholarships@gsa.ac.uk