Sotheby’s Institute of Art-London offers its own full Scholarships, both for Master's Program and Semester Program students, through the Gordon Lang, Vivien Flaxman and James Malpas scholarships. Applicants from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply, and you can find information below. We also award smaller grants through Sotheby’s Institute of Art-London’s Financial Assistance (available to Master’s students only).
There are numerous other sources of funding available to applicants from across the world. The following information is not exhaustive and applicants are encouraged to visit the recommended websites of funding bodies, but more importantly also do their own research for opportunities specific to them.
Vivien Flaxman Scholarship Competition
Vivien Flaxman (1944-2008) joined SIA-L 1985 where she became a pioneering figure. She was responsible for leading the validation of SIA’s courses firstly by CNAA and then by the University of Manchester. She became the Institute’s first Academic Director in 1992. In 1997 she led the successful validation of SIA’s MA in Art Business – the first MA of its kind- which was offered the following year. She then led the MA in Art Business until her retirement in 2002. In offering the Vivien Flaxman Scholarship, the Institute intends to further encourage scholarship in the field of Art Business.
This scholarship is a full-tuition award (excluding travel fees). Candidates of all nationalities accepted on the MA in Art Business offered at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art- London are eligible to apply for this award.
Gordon Lang Scholarship Competition
Gordon Lang (1943-2010) was an inspirational teacher at Sotheby's Institute of Art and an internationally recognised expert in ceramics. His areas of expertise included Meissen porcelain, Italian majolica pottery and, especially, Chinese ceramics. He was also immensely knowledgeable about the impact of trade between Europe and Asia, with special reference to Restoration London. By offering the Gordon Lang Scholarship, the Institute hopes to encourage future scholarship and expertise in these and similar areas.
This scholarship is a full-tuition award (excluding travel fees) . Candidates of all nationalities accepted on the following MAs offered at Sotheby’s Institute of Art - London are eligible to apply for this award. The MAs are:
James Malpas Scholarship Competition
James Malpas (1958-2015) was an art historian with an encyclopaedic knowledge of international visual culture which not only spanned art and architecture, but also literature, poetry, history, music and philosophy – his intellectual scope was prodigious and one which he generously shared with students. He was a virtuoso and inspirational teacher, able to lecture on a host of topics from Japanese armour to Hogarth to Pop Art. A truly Renaissance man, James never filtered or censored his knowledge – he had an abiding desire to share his passions with all.
In establishing the James Malpas Scholarship, the Institute hopes to further the study of both the art world and the art object in their international context.
This scholarship awards full tuition (excluding travel fees) for one Semester Program. Applicants of all nationalities to any Semester Program offered at Sotheby’s Institute of Art - London in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 are eligible to apply for this award. Candidates must intend to proceed to any Master's Program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and must be accepted for one of the Master's Programs and have paid their non-refundable deposit prior to commencing the semester course. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
For more information about scholarships, please contact the Registrar Venetia Hill-Perkins at email@example.com or +44(0)2074623201.
Sotheby’s Institute of Art Financial Assistance
In addition to full scholarships, accepted students can apply for financial assistance; these grants are typically in the £2,000-£5,000 range and not intended to cover tuition fees entirely, or the cost of living. The application form for financial assistance can be downloaded from the Welcome Website, an online resource accessible to accepted MA students only. For more information, please contact Jessica Bearne (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Professional and Career Development Loans
Students attending the MA Art Business starting in Autumn 2016 may be able to apply for a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL). PCDLs are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work.
You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000.
Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying. For further information regarding eligibility and how to apply, please visit https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans.
Students on any other Masters course at Sotheby’s Institute of Art wishing to apply for a PCDL should first register their interest with Jessica Bearne.
Applying for Post-graduate Student Loans with Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE)
From September 2017 eligible students studying for an MA program at an Alternative Provider may be able to apply for a Post-graduate Student Loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC). For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. For more information, please click here.
Sotheby’s Institute of Art – London is in the process of making an application for our MA Programs to be designated for the 2017-18 academic year. If we are successful in this process we would expect to hear by mid-2017 and will update the website when we know more.
Future Finance Student Loans
Sotheby’s Institute of Art is partnering with Future Finance to offer prospective students the opportunity to apply for a loan. Future Finance is an alternative source of financing for students.*
The benefits include:
• Loans to all Sotheby’s Institute of Art students with a UK domiciled address (assuming they meet appropriate credit checks and are 18 or over), enrolled for any Masters course in London;
• The minimum loan is £2,000;
• The maximum amount that students can borrow will depend on the outcome of credit checks but will normally be no more than £40,000;
• Loans can include living costs as well as tuition fees;
• Loans are repayable up to 10 years and three months after graduation;
• Students can apply for up to four payment breaks of 3 months each during the loan period;
• Representative 10.1% APR (variable) (as of September 2015);
Please note that students may require a guarantor to support their application.
Click here to learn more about Future Finance Student Loans.
*Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website.
Please be aware that nothing on the Institute website is, or shall be deemed to constitute, financial advice or a recommendation or endorsement by the Institute in respect of any Future Finance product. You should always check the suitability of the product that is of interest to you. If you are in any doubt as to its suitability we suggest that you seek independent professional advice.
Sallie Mae Loans
Loans for US students (or those with a US-based co-signer). Please click here to find out more.
The British Council website is a useful starting point for country-specific information - scroll down to “Our global connections”, then choose your country. You will be directed to a new webpage specific to your country of citizenship.
Funding Opportunities by Country
Australia: Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
Austria: Austrian database for scholarships and research grants
Bahamas: Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
Belgium: Royal Belgian Benevolent Society Awards
Brazil: Programa de Bolsas
Brunei: Darussalam Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
Canada: Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
Colombia: ICETEX and COLFUTURO
Cyprus: Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
Denmark: Anglo-Danish Society
France: Entente Cordiale and Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, Ministère des Affaires Etrangères and Campus France
Italy: Ministero degli Affari Esteri
Malta: Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
Mexico: Programa de becas para estudios en el extranjero
Netherlands: Fonds voor maatschappelijke initiatieven in Nederlands (VSBfonds)
New Zealand: Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
Qatar: Supreme Education Council
Scottish: The Cross Trust Grants
Sweden: The Swedish Institute
UAE: Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research
United Kingdom: The Hilda Martindale Trust and The Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust
United States: Marshall Scholarships, Fullbright Commission’s Postgraduate Student Awards to the UK and Sallie Mae Loans