2024 Graduate Scholarship Scheme: Open for Applications

Now in its 10th year, the annual Graduate Scholarship scheme, run by the University of Salford Art Collection in partnership with Castlefield Gallery, is now open for applications. This year, we are delighted to announce additional support from Wallace Seymour Fine Art Products for the Wallace Seymour Painting Scholarship.

First established in 2014 to support artists in the crucial first year after graduation, the 12 month programme grants graduating students from the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology time, resources and the opportunity to develop their practice within a supportive framework.

Scholarship packages are tailored but can include:

  • £1000 bursary towards e.g. materials, research or equipment
  • Studio space for 12 months
  • Mentoring, coaching and professional guidance
  • Research trips and networking
  • Opportunity to have artwork acquired into the University of Salford Art Collection

In 2023/24, we awarded five places on the scheme, with studio spaces including Islington Mill, Paradise Works and Hot Bed Press. The programme evolves each year as we endeavour to offer opportunities to the graduates we think we can best support. Over 50 graduates have benefitted from the scheme so far.


The scheme is only open to University of Salford final year undergraduates from the School of Arts and Media (who are due to graduate or complete their studies in July 2024) – plus there will be a maximum of one scholarship open to an MA graduate (due to graduate or complete in September 2024). Applicants who will be undertaking further study at the time of the scholarship (e.g. starting an MA in 2024) will not be eligible. Further information and guidelines are available below.


We aim to remove any barriers, bias or discrimination that prevents individuals or groups from realising their potential, and to develop organisational cultures that positively value diversity. If you have access needs and wish to discuss these in relation to the application, interview, or the opportunity more broadly, please contact: S.A.Parker@salford.ac.uk

How to Apply

Open for applications from: Monday 18th March 2024
Application deadline: by 9am Monday 29th April 2024
Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in person on Tuesday 21 May 2024.

To apply, please read the guidelines and complete the application form.

Click here to download the Application Form in Word Format or PDF Format
Click here to download the Application Guidance in Word Format or PDF Format

1) Complete your application form
2) Send an up to date CV (2 pages maximum)
3) Include image, video or sound files (and/or weblinks to these) – up to four files maximum
4) Email to Team Assistant, S.A.Parker@salford.ac.uk with the subject line “GSP Application Form 2024”

All the information on how to apply, eligibility criteria, application formats and further guidance is included in the guidelines.

For any enquires contact S.A.Parker@salford.ac.uk