The British Fashion Council Foundation works to underpin the next generation of creative talent through its education initiatives.

Scholarships

The British Fashion Council Foundation works to underpin the next generation of creative talent through its education initiatives.

Supporting students is imperative to maintaining the UK’s position as the birthplace of global talent and at this time, championing upcoming fashion creatives establishing pathways through education is more critical than ever. 

The BFC Foundation provides financial support to students to complete their studies. Scholarships are open to those undertaking an MA or BA Fashion Design course at a BFC Colleges Council member university.

In addition to financial grants, the BFC scholarship programme aims to create network-building and learning opportunities for scholarship recipients, as well as in-person touch points throughout the year. This consists of cultural visits and access to the BFC Business Development programme for emerging designers, which includes seminars, workshops and webinars.

Non-UK students are eligible to apply for a scholarship in the case of exceptional personal circumstances, such as hardship as a result of conflict and/or economic upheaval in their home country, or familial disownment/estrangement or challenges. Interested students should apply to the British Fashion Council directly. Please find instructions and further information below.


TYPES OF SCHOLARSHIP

BA Scholarship
The BA Scholarship is open to students commencing their degree or part way through, who have a confirmed place on a BA Fashion Design course. The scholarship helps towards course tuition fees with a contribution to course costs or living expenses. You can apply for this scholarship if you are at college or school and expecting to start a BA course in September this year.

BA Final Year Scholarship
The BA Final Year Scholarship is open to students in their final year of a BA Fashion Design course. The funding aims to cover production costs for students’ final collections.

MA Scholarship
The MA Scholarship is open to students accepted on an MA Fashion Design course. The scholarship helps towards course tuition fees with a contribution to course costs or living expenses.

CHANEL MA Scholarship
The CHANEL MA Scholarship is open to students accepted on an MA Fashion Design course. The scholarship helps towards course tuition fees with a contribution to course costs or living expenses, and is offered bespoke mentoring opportunities from the Chanel team. Please select this option on the scholarship application form should you wish to apply for this scholarship.

DIOR MEN MA Scholarship
The DIOR MEN MA Scholarship is open to students accepted on an MA Fashion Design course. The scholarship helps towards course tuition fees with a contribution to course costs or living expenses, and is offered bespoke mentoring opportunities from the Dior team. Please select this option on the scholarship application form should you wish to apply for this scholarship.

JOE CASELY-HAYFORD MA Scholarship
Launched in 2023, this scholarship provides support and funding to a student from a Black or mixed heritage background who has an offer from, or is currently studying for an MA at a BFC Colleges Council member university, and is offered bespoke mentoring opportunities from the Joe Casely-Hayford team. Please select this option on the scholarship application form should you wish to apply for this scholarship. 


HOW TO APPLY

Applications for 2024/25 will open in May.


THE ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATIONS

To be eligible for a BFC Foundation scholarship you must have an offer of, or currently be studying a BA or MA Fashion Design course at a BFC Colleges Council member university. Non-UK students are eligible to apply for this scholarship however please note that due to limited funding and high university fees for non-UK students, it is unlikely that applicants without exceptionally challenging personal circumstances will be able to be supported. Applicants that do not meet the eligibility criteria will be removed from consideration.

Scholarship applications are assessed on the basis of talent and financial need, using information given in your application, your portfolio, your financial circumstances Applications will be shortlisted by a panel of fashion educators, the BFC, and industry representatives.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the BFC and invited for an interview throughout July. Due to the high volume of applications, the BFC are unable to respond with bespoke feedback to all unsuccessful applicants.

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