Scholarships to Study Art abroad

Indian art students who want to study abroad in areas of fine arts, art, graphic design, visual arts, film, art history and other related fields have a number of scholarships they can apply for. Find out more about art scholarships offered in the UK, US, Australia and Germany.

More and more Indian students are choosing to study overseas creative subjects like fine art, graphic design, and visual arts, design etc. at universities in the UK, US, Australia and elsewhere. There are various art scholarships available for such students. Here we take a look at scholarships for art, fine arts and graphic design worldwide. If these scholarships are not suitable for you, you should look at the website of the university you are interested in for more funding options. Also note that the scholarships on this list are not for fashion design; those will be listed in another article.

Art & Design Scholarship at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia

The UNSW offers students a variety of scholarships at the undergraduate and postgraduate (research or coursework) levels to international students. Scholarship programs that Indians are eligible for include the UNSW Art & Design Scholars Program, UNSW Honours Year Scholarships, the UNSW Art & Design International Scholarship (separate scholarships for Coursework and Research), Freedman Curatorial Scholarship, International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and University International Postgraduate Award among others. Requirements and deadlines vary, according to the award.

Courtauld Postgraduate Scholarships, London

The Cortauld Institute of Art in London offers several scholarships (funded by many donors) to MA, PhD and Conservation students of the school. The financial support is merit-based and the amount depends on the financial need of the applicant. Awards have a minimum value of 5000 GBP. The scholarships are offered to new as well as present students. Application deadlines vary. Assessment of merit and financial need are done by the course tutors and the Dean/Registry respectively.

Edinburgh College of Art Scholarships, University of Edinburgh, UK

Scholarships are offered by the Edinburgh College of Art at various levels. Programs include the PhD Scholarships and the Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships. The second program offers awards ranging from 5000 GBP to 15,000 GBP for one academic year. Applicants may be enrolled in the School of Art (which prioritizes subjects like Post Media, Art Criticism and Educational Turn, as well as subjects of Contemporary Art Practices, Extradisciplinary Arts. Students of the School of Design, ESALA School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the School of History of Art can also apply for the scholarships.

DAAD Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Fields of Fine Art/Design/Visual Communication and Film, Germany

Students who have already gained a first degree in the fields of Fine Art, Design/Visual Communication and Film, and are applying for a postgraduate masters or complementary course in a recognized German university can apply for these scholarships. The funding covers between 10 and 24 months of a Master's program or one academic year of a complementary study that does not lead to a final qualification. The Courses usually begin October 1. The scholarship value is 750 Euros monthly, and includes initial study allowance, travel allowance, health and accident cover etc. Selection is on the basis of work samples and written applications. Find details of the scholarship on the official website

Other scholarships to consider include those offered by the scholarship at Royal College of Art in UK, the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists, the Lamar Dodd School of Art Scholarships at the University of Georgia in the United States and the ARC Scholarship Competition awards for recognized art schools in the US.

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