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The Arts Society Nottingham Bursary

Thanks to the generosity of the Arts Society Nottingham, we are pleased to be able to offer the Arts Society Nottingham Bursary. The award will support up to 3 talented final year students fund a final collection or body of material work.

The award is open to students in their final year on one of the below courses, in the 2022/23 academic year -

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • BA (Hons) Photography
  • BA (Hons) Textile Design
  • BA (Hons) Illustration

NTU and The Arts Society Nottingham welcome applications for projects that will have an impact or potential impact within the community to provide cultural wealth and/or educational benefits for people within the city.

Applicants’ work should be of a tangible nature in outcome i.e. artworks, applied artworks and craft, or form a proposal for outcomes in a material form. The bursary is intended to provide funding to launch a career within the creative industries.

Each award is worth up to £500. The scholarship will be paid as a cash bursary as soon as possible following award and acceptance of the scholarship in your final year of study.

This scholarship scheme is competitive, and we award scholarships to the applicants who most closely meet or exceed the criteria for the award. The scholarship decision is made by an awarding committee and all decisions of that committee are final.

About the scholarship

To be eligible to apply applicants must:

  • be a final year student on one of the above courses in the 2022/23 academic year

Applications received after 16:00 GMT (4pm) on the day of the deadline will not be considered.

Deadline for scholarship application: 4 January 2023 at 4 pm

1. To be eligible to apply for the Arts Society Nottingham Bursary, applicants must:

  • be a final year student on BA (Hons) Fine Art-W100, BA (Hons) PhotographyW640, BA (Hons) Textile Design-W221, or BA (Hons) Illustration-W220

2. Please do not send your scholarship application before or with an application to study at NTU. You must have started your final year on one of the above courses and been allocated an NTU ID number before submitting your scholarship application.

3. Students who receive sponsorship (i.e., some or all of your tuition fees are being paid for) from their employers, government or a funding body are not eligible to apply for this scholarship award.

4. Applicants are only eligible to apply for this scholarship if they have enrolled on the final year of their course in the 2022/23 academic year.

5. Applicants may only apply for this scholarship once per academic year.

6. Applications received after 16:00 GMT (4pm) on the deadline date will not be considered.

7. This application form is for eligible undergraduate courses only. Please do not use this form to apply for postgraduate scholarships or research funding.

8. If you meet the eligibility criteria, one award of up to £500 is available.

9. The scholarship will be awarded as a cash bursary and will be paid as soon as possible following award and acceptance of the scholarship in your final year of study.

10. It is expected that any money received as part of the scholarship will be spent on materials and resources directly linked to the recipient’s final year project and receipts may be requested.

11. The scholarship is not transferable and will not be awarded if you choose to defer your entry to a different start date, or if you choose to transfer to a different course at NTU. Students may re-apply for the scholarship should it still be available.

12. Applicants will be informed whether they have (or have not) been awarded a scholarship (and of the value of the scholarship award they have been awarded) within four weeks of the application deadline date.

13. The scholarship will be awarded when an applicant accepts their scholarship offer. If you do not formally accept the scholarship by the given deadline, then NTU reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship and award to another candidate

14. Scholarships are competitive, and selection is based on the information provided on the scholarship application form. It is, therefore, of great importance that you give your scholarship statement careful thought and preparation, and that you refer to the criteria provided on the application form.

15. Recipients will be expected to provide Arts Society Nottingham with high resolution photographs of their final year projects for use in Arts Society Nottingham, and wider Arts Society reports and publications.

16. If your scholarship application is successful, we may ask you to become a student ambassador, or appear in online and / or printed marketing materials for NTU, such as the Alumni Magazine. For example, providing a student profile, quote, case study and photograph which may be used to promote NTU and NTU’s scholarship schemes and courses. Your name and course will be printed in the annual Donor Report. If you do not wish for us to use your data in this manner, please notify us as soon as possible by emailing

17. As a recipient of a donor-funded scholarship, you are expected to be involved in the following activities to assist the University in thanking donors for their donation and to demonstrate the impact that donor-funded awards have on students and NTU:

o Write a thank you letter to your donor which introduces yourself (providing your name and subject of study);

o Write an end of year report which will be shared with your donor to explain the impact that the scholarship has had on your studies and your university life – within the report you will be expected to provide your name and subject of study;

o Attend an introduction event during your studies at NTU, where you will:

  • Meet other scholarship winners and members of NTU staff;
  • Get advice on how to write your thank you letter and end of year report.

o Attend other University events, from time to time, to meet and thank donors.

18. In the event that a student who has been awarded a scholarship fails to complete the academic year, suspends their studies or withdraws from the course and chooses to retake the course or undertake another eligible course then the scholarship will not be applied again, regardless of the reason for doing so. Students must re-apply for the scholarship should it still be on offer.

19. If a student is required to repeat an academic year of study (either in full or in part), the scholarship will not be applied again.

20. Students are obliged to inform NTU immediately of any change in their circumstances, which may affect their entitlement to receive the scholarship. In the event of failure by a student to notify NTU promptly of any such changes, NTU will be entitled to recover any payments made or adjust (as appropriate) the scholarship amount.

21. If a student makes a false or materially incorrect declaration that resulted in NTU awarding them a scholarship/bursary, then the scholarship will be cancelled, and no payments will be made. Depending on circumstance, NTU may attempt to recover some or all of any payments already made.

22. NTU’s decision in all matters relating to the scholarship is final.

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