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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.

50th Anniversary Scholarship

In celebration of the Institute’s 50th anniversary in 2019 and the launch of our pioneering MA in Art Logistics, Sotheby’s Institute of Art-London is pleased to offer one full scholarship which will cover the costs of the tuition fees and study trip travel fees for the MA in Art Logistics.

Candidates accepted during the priority application cycle (by March 1, 2019) on the MA in Art Logistics are eligible to apply for this award and will be notified of the scholarship application process directly.

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.

There is one full-tuition award scholarship (excluding travel fees) for Art Business. Candidates of all nationalities accepted during the priority application cycle (by March 1, 2019) on the MA in Art Business offered at 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 during the priority application cycle (by March 1, 2019) on the following MAs offered at Sotheby’s Institute of Art - London are eligible to apply for this award. The MAs are:

MA in Contemporary Art
MA in Fine and Decorative Art and Design
MA in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art

James Malpas Scholarship Competition: Semester to Master’s Progression

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.

Current semester students of all nationalities on Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 semester courses, wishing to progress onto a Master’s program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art-London for Fall 2019, are eligible to apply for this award. Semester students who apply for a Master’s can obtain an application fee waiver from the admissions department, and also express an interest in applying for the James Malpas scholarship. Successful recipients of the James Malpas Scholarship will receive a full tuition-fee waiver for the Semester course on which they are studying, which will be applied retrospectively as a deduction of semester 1 tuition for the MA they are progressing onto.

For more information about scholarships, please contact the Registrar Venetia Hill-Perkins at 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 Victoria Stears, Deputy Director, Global Admissions and Recruitment (

Post Graduate Master's Loans

Sotheby’s Institute of Art-London is now on the list of approved providers for Postgraduate Master’s Loans.

UK and EU applicants to our MA programs could be eligible for loans of up to £10,906 to undertake an MA program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. For full details on the eligibility criteria, please click here.

The repayment of these government-backed student loans will be linked to earnings, making them more favourable than some existing postgraduate loans. Funds will be administered through the Student Loans Company, and will go directly to students. Repayments are income-contingent. The amount students repay will be based on the amount they currently earn over a set threshold. Students will become eligible to repay their loan the April after their course ends but will only ever do so if they are earning enough.

Students are able to apply for Postgraduate Master’s loans for September 2019 entry. For more information on the loans, please visit the Student Loans Company website or email

Click here for more information on master’s programs.

Professional and Career Development Loans

Students attending the MA Art Business starting in Autumn 2019 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 click here.

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;
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.

British Council

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 
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
Germany: DAAD
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
Scotland: 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 ScholarshipsFulbright Commission’s Postgraduate Student Awards to the UK and  Sallie Mae Loans

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