COMPASS: Education Interruption Bursary

Closing date: 31 Jan 2023

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This bursary is a one-off award for Scotland-based makers who graduated in 2020, 2021 or 2022 and whose degree programme was impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Craft Scotland recognises that the initial years after graduating can be a challenging time, particularly for students whose academic studies have been affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The COMPASS: Education Interruption Bursary is a one-off award for graduates who graduated in 2020, 2021 or 2022 and whose degree programme was impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The bursary is intended to provide financial help to springboard the career of craft graduates affected by the pandemic. The awards will support recent graduates from the years specified above, to further their professional craft practice/business. 

The COMPASS: Education Interruption Bursary is a one-off award for graduates whose degree programme was impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19).  

Craft Scotland is offering up to 20 awards of £500 each. Applications are open to Scotland-based makers who meet the maker and eligibility criteria. 

>>> Download the Application Pack & Guidance (opens PDF)

Deadline: 5pm, Tuesday 31 January 2023. 



How to apply

Applicants should apply through the Craft Scotland online application form: https://craftscot.wufoo.com/forms/compass-education-interruption-bursary-application

Before starting your application, please be aware that you will need to submit: 

  • A maker statement.  
  • Your CV. 
  • Images of three pieces of work that reflect the type of work you make. 
  • A brief description of your current practice to date (no more than 500 words). 
  • A proposal of what you would like to do if you received the bursary (no more than 500 words). 
  • A full estimated breakdown of costs. 
  • Reasons why you are interested in this bursary and how you think your practice will benefit. ‚Äč



Who should apply?

For the COMPASS: Education Interruption Bursary we are looking for Scotland-based makers who graduated in 2020, 2021 or 2022 from an undergraduate craft degree course at a Scottish college or university.

Makers should be working towards a professional career within the craft sector, producing or aiming to produce, works of contemporary craft.

We understand that there are many different types of makers and approaches to a craft practice, and that people will have had varied access and experience in their post study period. This bursary aims to help eligible makers whose degree level craft studies were negatively affected by the pandemic. 


Activities the bursary will support 

We understand that during the pandemic many students were unable to access studios, workshops and materials; had degree shows cancelled or moved online; were unable to make experimental or finished pieces and had limited hands-on tuition. This bursary aims to help newly graduated makers bridge some of those gaps. 

This bursary must be used to further your craft practice. The following list of activities is not exhaustive but is designed to give you an idea of what you can apply for. 

  • Making: do you need time and materials for making a piece/pieces or developing a new body of work?  
  • Photographing work.  
  • Research: was there something or someone you wanted to look at or meet? Do you need to buy books, research material or visit an exhibition or archive? 
  • Tools: do you need speciality tools or equipment? 
  • Studio set-up: have you just moved into a studio and need equipment to set it up? 
  • Travel: included as part of research, fair attendance or training. 
  • Training: maybe you need to learn a particular new skill to further your practice, is there a short course, membership or mentorship that would supplement your degree? 
  • Participating at a fair, or show or exhibition. 
  • Time with a mentor: not academic study but if you need to cover costs to work with a vocational mentor. 


Activities the bursary will not support 

  • Further formal academic study (FE and HE/Colleges and Universities) 
  • Studio rent 
  • Volunteer pay 
  • Supplementing income- i.e. for a commission 

Please note, this bursary cannot be used for expenses associated with another Craft Scotland opportunity. 


Maker eligibility 

  • You must be living and working in Scotland. 
  • You must be an undergraduate (degree level) who studied a craft-based discipline at a Scottish formal educational institution (Further or Higher Education). We will consider applications from design undergraduates whose course included elements of craft disciplines we support. Please see list below. 
  • You must have graduated between 2020 and 2022 (inclusive). 
  • Your degree course must have been in full-time education. We cannot accept applications from part-time students or those whose learning has been undertaken in a community setting. 
  • You must be working within the craft sector (part-time or full-time) and be able to show evidence of continued professional activity as a maker in a craft discipline. 
  • Visit our What Is Contemporary Craft page for more information on the craft disciplines we support. Makers using digital technologies and modern materials within their work are expected to demonstrate that hand skill and craft knowledge is the lead component in both the concept and finished object.  

Please note that the bursary covers craft courses only. We will consider graduates from disciplines within design but cannot support fine art or art history.



Equal opportunities & access  

Craft is culturally significant, essential to our economy and meaningful to our communities. Craft Scotland believes that everyone should have the opportunity to see, enjoy, learn about and participate in craft.  

We are committed to equality and opposed to all forms of unfair discrimination. We welcome applications from those underrepresented in the craft sector; including but not limited to candidates with lived experience of being Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage and/or a Person of Colour, Refugee, D/deaf, Neurodivergent, Disabled, and/or LGBTQIA+.  

We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. Craft Scotland can provide additional support to makers who identify in the above categories. The type of support required will be agreed with the bursary recipient. 


Closing Date & Time:
31 Jan 2023 5:00pm
Key Contact:
Craft Scotland [javascript protected email address]
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