Training | 24-02-2023

Calling Commonwealth craftspeople for MA scholarship opportunity

The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts has announced two full scholarships for students from Commonwealth countries to undertake its MA in Traditional Arts.

The organisers are looking for students specialising in specific heritage crafts relevant to their own country who also have a wide interest in heritage, building crafts and architectural conservation. It is crucial that scholarship recipients have a desire to develop their skills to improve the historic built environment.

One of the areas that will be given priority is stained glass, including historic and decorative glass (e.g. painted, handblown and frosted glass).

Commonwealth citizens (excluding the UK) are eligible to apply. However British citizens and/or Commonwealth citizens already based in the UK are not eligible for this scholarship.

The scholarships are aimed at talented craftspeople and students from across the Commonwealth who would otherwise be unable to pursue further study of their craft or speciality skill. Consideration of financial need will be central to the selection of the recipients.

The scholarships aim to open up opportunities for successful careers in the heritage and conservation sectors to the successful candidates. They are made possible by the Commonwealth Heritage Forum via generous funding from the Hamish Ogston Foundation.

The scholarships will cover: overseas course fees; a monthly stipend to cover living expenses; accommodation fees in student accommodation in London; return air travel from home country to the UK; and visa costs, including the healthcare surcharge.

Priority will be given to those seeking to advance their knowledge, career, and sector leadership in the following fields:

  • Stonemasonry (including terracotta and carving in various stone types)
  • Carpentry and joinery (including carving, inlaying and parquetry)
  • Exterior and interior painting and decorating (including limewash, marbling, graining, traditional colours and finishes)
  • Gilding (on gesso and paper)
  • External and internal plastering (including stucco, lime renders and scagliola work)
  • Architectural ironwork
  • Stained glass, including historic and decorative glass (e.g. painted, handblown and frosted glass)
  • Tiling, mosaics, and ceramics as related to the built environment
  • Skills relevant to your country/region’s needs, and within the scope of the Commonwealth Heritage Forum and The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts.

The course runs from September 2023 to July 2025 and the deadline for applications is Friday 28 April 2023.

For further information, including a detailed list of all requirements and the application process, visit the Prince’s Foundation website.

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