Funding to train

Artquest does not carry information on funding sources for Higher Education - BA, MA or PhD courses.

The main funders of post-graduate courses in the UK are the Arts andf Humanities Research Council (AHRC), who have an annual application deadline.  Funding can only be considered after a confirmed place has been offered at a UK Higher Education Institution.

Until September 2012 BA degree level courses are funded through a student loan provided by the Government (for English students) or a grant for Scottish students.

Your Higher Education Institution may also have bursaries or grants which you may be eligible to apply for, at any level of study - contact their student services or registry for information about this.

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  • Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) Fellowships
    00 358 7747 7067
    00 358 7747 7033
    00 358 7747 7064
    Centre for International Mobility, P.O. Box 343, Fin-00531, Helsinki, Finland.

    The Centre for International Mobility CIMO grants scholarships for young researchers (post-graduates after Master-level degree or post-doctorates) to Finnish universities. The objective is to encourage academic mobility to Finland and to promote international cooperation in research and teaching.

  • Fulbright Awards Programme
    Distinguished Scholar Awards, Fulbright Commission, 62 Doughty Street, London W1N 2JZ
    020 7404 6994
    020 7404 6874

    The Fulbright Commission, an independent foundation which funds international students to study in the USA. It invites applications once a year to facilitate research and/or lecturing in the USA for a minimum of 8 months. Applicants must be EU citizens normally resident in the UK and have, or expect to obtain, an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1 award). Applicants must draw up a detailed project outline and provide evidence that a US institution will agree to act as host and supervisor. Lecturers and researchers must supply proof of US affiliation and details of its nature. Two £15,000 awards are available.

  • Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
    0117 987 6600
    0117 987 6500
    Whitefriars, Lewins Mead, Bristol BS1 2AE

    AHRC have a range of programmes supporting top-quality research and postgraduate training in the arts and humanities. From around 1500 applications to their seven Research schemes they make around 550-600 awards. From around 5500 applications to their Postgraduate schemes for funding people in Higher education they make around 1500 awards. 

This article is from the Artlaw Archive of Henry Lydiate's columns published in Art Monthly since 1976, and may contain out of date material.
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