Artisans have a unique gift to spend their lives filling everything they make with love and attention. Their crafts tell history of their ancestors and story of their lives. Besides this, authorities ensure their craft remains a source of livelihood for them.

Earlier this month, the J&K Administrative Council (AC) revised the education scheme for children of weavers/artisans under the Handicrafts and Handloom department.

The scheme aims at providing scholarship to give financial support to the weavers with regard to the education of their children. Under the revised scheme, scholarships will be provided to eligible children at the rate of Rs 1,500 per year on completion of Class I, Rs 2,000 per year on the completion of Class II and the fee fixed by the government for Class XI onwards, including technical/professional education.

Earlier, the benefits were available only to the girl child. The eligible students can apply for scholarship to the assistant director concerned. The scholarship will be disbursed among the eligible students directly in their bank accounts through direct benefit transfer (DBT).

Originally, the scholarship by the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms was provided to the girl child of handloom weavers up to the primary level at the rate of Rs 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 and 600 per annum for Classes I, II, III, IV, V, and VI, respectively.

There are many scholarships in India and abroad meant to encourage young talent among artists and artisans.

KamaladeviPuraskar

The Delhi Crafts Council instituted the KamaladeviPuraskar in 1986 in the memory of its Patron Founder, the late Kamala Devi Chattopadhyay.

Given annually by Delhi Crafts Council (DCC), KDP is an annual scholarship award given to encourage young talent among artists in the age 14-20 years, so they continue to practice their craft and are motivated to take it up as a means of livelihood eventually.

It is hoped that the incentive provided by this award will encourage these children to continue learning and practicing craft and also impart to them a sense of pride and dignity in their skills. The award consists of a citation along with a monthly scholarship for the period of one and a half years.

DCC works throughout the year to identify young craftsmen who are skilled in their field. It is very important to us that the younger children continue their education along with practicing their craft. More than a hundred and fifty children have benefited from these awards. Some of our awardees have also gone on to be honoured as Master Craftsmen, an award given by the Government of India.

The DCC has helped to market the work of its previous awardees by inviting them back for exhibitions and connecting them with buyers in Delhi under the banner of our Navodit Shilpi program.

InlaksShivdasani Scholarship

InlaksShivdasani Scholarship is offered to deserving and diligent Indian students who want to pursue their masters and doctoral level degree in fine arts and visual arts. The foundation of this scholarship was laid in the year 1976 by IndooShivdasani to pursue philanthropic activities further.

The University Of Northampton – Master’s Scholarships

University Of Northampton Master’s Scholarships is a merit-based fine arts scholarship provided by the University of Northampton offered to the deserving and meritorious students and in this scholarship, the tuition fee is waived off up to 50%.

Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship Program, USA

Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship Program is a prestigious scholarship given by the US government which offers 8000 grants and promotes international exchange between the USA and other countries.

Centre for Competitive Creative Design and Design Thinking Excellence Scholarships

Centre for Competitive Creative Design and Design Thinking Excellence Scholarship is offered by Cranfield University in the upcoming domain of design thinking which does make students industry ready and this course is offered at Masters level to the students.

The Regents of The University of Michigan Undergraduate Scholarship Awards

The Regents of The University of Michigan Undergraduate Scholarship Awards is a scholarship scheme offered by the University of Michigan to students who want to pursue their PG in domains like Business, Finance, Art, and Design and it is one of the most prestigious scholarships for design aspirants.

Hope you are now familiar with the many fine arts scholarships which are available. If you have any queries regarding the eligibility criteria or application process, feel free to reach Leverage Edu who will guide you at every step of your education journey and help you choose the most suitable scholarship. Sign up today!

Art scholarships

To study in Australia:

Art and design Scholarships @ UNSW – Various art scholarships for students of all levels enrolled at the University of New South Wales, Australia, in the department of art and design. International students are eligible.

Art, fashion and textiles scholarships @ RMIT University – A range of scholarships for students (including international students) currently enrolled in an art, fashion or textiles degree at RMIT University.

To study in Europe:

Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship – Art scholarships for Australian citizens to further their arts education in Europe with a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and AU$40,000 to attend art school at an accredited institution in Europe.

Brucebo and W.B. Bruce Fine Arts Scholarships for Canadian Artists: Fine arts scholarships reserved for young Canadian art professionals wanting to take up an art residency or to conduct arts research in Gotland, Sweden.

Chase AHRC Studentship: Arts scholarships to study at selected liberal arts schools and universities in the UK, funded by the AHRC and open to UK and EU students pursuing study in the visual arts, media, film and other arts and humanities subjects.

Courtauld Postgraduate Scholarships: Graduate art school scholarships to study at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, UK, on the MA, PhD or Conservation programs. Scholarships are open to UK and EU students studying a variety of programs (see eligibility section.)

DAAD Fine Art, Design/ Visual Communication and Film Scholarships: Fine art and design scholarships funded by the DAAD and open to international students who have gained a first degree in a related field. Scholarship winners will gain funding for study in Germany on a master’s degree or postgraduate program.

ECA Taught Masters Scholarships University of Edinburgh: Graduate scholarships for art students offered by the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK, for master’s level study in the schools of architecture, art, design, history of art or music.

Middlesex University London Arts and Creative Industries Scholarship: Four scholarships are available to study a master’s degree at Middlesex University, covering up to half of the tuition fees. Open to UK/EU students (and international students who are an alumnus of the university).

Norwich University of the Arts – A range of art and design scholarships to study at the university.

Royal College of Art Awards: Various fine art scholarships on offer from the RCA and partner funding organizations. Scholarships are awarded to enrolled students.

Slade School of Fine Arts James Lewis Foundation Scholarship: Open to a UK student studying a BA or BFA in Fine Art at the UCL (University College London) Slade School of Fine Arts. More scholarships to study at UCL can be found using its search tool.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists: Postgraduate scholarships for art students, professionals and researchers to study at doctoral/ postdoctoral level in Switzerland at a recognized institution.

University of Westminster Design, Creative and Digital Industries Scholarship: One scholarship is available for an international student from a developing country who holds an offer to study a full-time master’s degree within the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster. Provides a full tuition fee award, accommodation, living expenses and flights to and from London.

To study in North America:

ARC Scholarship Competition: An art scholarship competition for students at ARC-approved art schools in North America to gain $30,000 a year funding for their art education. You will be required to submit an example of your artwork – a classical-style life painting or sculpture – as your competition entry.

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program: US art school scholarships for students from South Carolina to gain funding to study creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts at an accredited university in the state.

Arts for Life! Awards: Annual awards of US$1,000 are available to graduating high school seniors in Florida who demonstrate excellence in creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual art.

Berlin Arts Scholarships: Scholarships for art students with affiliations to the region of Northeast Pennsylvania in the US. Open to serious art students interested in painting, sculpture or photography.

Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship: US$1,000 art scholarships from Krylon awarded to citizens of North America studying an accredited visual arts program in North America.

Lamar Dodd School of Art scholarships University of Georgia: Various art school scholarships to study art at the University of Georgia in the US. Open to US and international students.

Naomi Winston Scholarship in Visual (2D) Art: Art scholarships from the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) in the US, open to US citizens aged 16-22 wanting to further their 2D visual arts education outside of university.

Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships: Scholarships for art students from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds to study at an accredited institution in the US in the field of fine art, illustration, graphic design and motion graphics.

Cynthia and Alan Baran Fine Arts and Musical Scholarship Fund: This scholarship is open to undergraduate or graduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher enrolled in a Bachelors of Fine Art (BFA), a BA in Studio Art, or a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) course majoring in Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography or Printmaking, as well as students enrolled in a BA or MA Music degree.

The Frederic Whitaker & Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation Scholarship Fund: This scholarship is open to American citizens who are working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, History or Museum Studies and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The scholarship supports students with an emphasis on watercolor and museum studies, and successful applicants will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Pull outs

Earlier this month, the J&K Administrative Council (AC) revised the education scheme for children of weavers/artisans under the Handicrafts and Handloom department.

The scheme aims at providing scholarship to give financial support to the weavers with regard to the education of their children. Under the revised scheme, scholarships will be provided to eligible children at the rate of Rs 1,500 per year on completion of Class I, Rs 2,000 per year on the completion of Class II and the fee fixed by the government for Class XI onwards, including technical/professional education.

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