Mead Scholarships and Fellowships

The Mead Scholarships and Fellowships are one of the most prestigious student and graduate support programmes at the University, designed to support University of the Arts London students and recent graduates in the pursuit of excellence through the development of their creative practice.

About the Scholarship

  • The Mead Scholarships and Fellowships are for talented students and graduates who have demonstrated outstanding ideas and excellence in practice across a wide range of creative sectors, or the use of creative solutions in other sectors.
  • The Mead Scholarship will provide up to three awards of up to £2500 each for Undergraduate students who have already exhibited a high level of creative potential and excellence in practice, and have one further year of study at UAL following receipt of the grant, thus allowing them the summer period before entering their final year of study to develop a body of research and/or practice at a crucial time.
  • The Mead Fellowship will provide up to two awards of up to £10,000 each for final year students (undergraduate and postgraduate) nearing completion of their degrees at the time of applying and recent graduates (up to one year after date of graduation).

The Mead Programme is managed by SEE (Student Enterprise and Employability) and generously supported by philanthropist Scott Mead, for an initial five years, beginning 2012/13. Scott Mead is a fine art photographer, philanthropist and investor based in London for over 20 years. From his base in London, many of his current business and philanthropic activities take him to the United States and Asia on a regular basis.

Scott's photographs have been exhibited and sold in the UK, Europe and USA and are held in various private and institutional collections. He is involved with a number of major institutions in education, healthcare and the arts through the Mead Family Foundation, of which he is Founder and Chairman. 

He has had over 30 years of experience in the financial services sector, including as a partner and managing director of Goldman Sachs, which he left in 2003, and an investor and director with start-up businesses in media and technology.

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