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Annual Fund 2018

Supporting Students


Supporting Students


Through your support we can open our doors to more students, widening access to our world-leading teaching and research facilities.  Donations will also help The Courtauld to offer more careers support for our students and graduates. 


Scholarships & Research Grants

Through the Annual Fund we aim to increase our number of scholarships and research grants, enabling talented students to study at The Courtauld free from financial worry.


“I feel really honoured to have been able to benefit from the high level of academic supervision and the variety of study facilities and resources that The Courtauld offers. I would like to thank the donors of The Courtauld Annual Fund Scholarship for the generous support of my PhD studies in 2016/2017 that made this outstanding academic experience possible.”

– Svitlana Biedarieva, PhD 2017

“Without the financial assistance of the scholarship, which has helped me to cover fees, I would not have been able to afford to take up my place on the MA Curating the Art Museum programme. This year has been wonderfully rich and diverse in terms of the academic, professional and personal development opportunities that I have had; thank you for your invaluable assistance in enabling me to undertake the course.”

– Elizabeth Brown, MA 2017

“I spent some very happy years at The Courtauld Institute with its strong international community (…) It was incredibly encouraging and motivating for me to know that there were people out there who thought my research was worthwhile supporting! And it was that kind of encouragement that led me to turn my thesis into a book…”

 Wolf Burchard, PhD 2015


Career Support

Annual Fund support goes towards developing our Careers Service, which is available for both students and recent graduates. We are currently in the process of developing our Careers Service to offer more support for our whole alumni community, through more networking opportunities and a forthcoming series of podcasts and webinars. Our current Courtauld Institute Careers Programme (CICP) is designed to help students and young alumni to:

  • Explore their career options.
  • Develop essential career management and employability skills.
  • Receive labour market information.
  • Take part in alumni networking events.
  • Book one-to-one appointments to receive bespoke guidance.
  • Benefit from a variety of online and offline careers resources.

“The Careers Service has been a tremendous help to me this year. Not only the 1-to-1 sessions, skills workshops and alumni panel discussions, but also the visits to places such as Christie’s and Sutton PR. The most successful event this year was the Alumni Networking Event, which allowed dedicated students to meet contacts in the arts world that they wouldn’t otherwise meet. As someone who has no connections to the art world this was extremely beneficial to me, and also shows how the Careers Programme addresses accessibility and social mobility.”

Charlotte Osborne, current BA student


Maintaining Academic Excellence

Your support enables us to continue to expand and develop our academic programme. We are committed to remaining world-leaders in art historical teaching and research and providing our students with the highest quality teaching experience. Many of our faculty are leaders in their fields, contributing to our reputation as the world’s pre-eminent place to study Art History.

In the last Research Excellence Framework, The Courtauld was ranked first in the UK for art historical research. In the Guardian University 2018 Guide, The Courtauld retained the number one position for History of Art.

Annual Fund support allows us to launch new teaching and research programmes for our students, such as the new ‘Centre for American Art’ that was initiated in 2016. Under the Directorship of Professor David Peters-Corbett, an expert in American and British art between 1850-1950, the Centre is fast becoming a leading hub for research, teaching and broader engagement. The Centre is underpinned by two new MA programmes, the first of which, New York-London-Paris, 1880-1920, taught by Professor Peters-Corbett, launched in 2016/17. Dr Jo Applin’s The Sixties: Eccentric, Erotic, Psychotic launched in 2017/18, with a full complement of students. 

Student Support Services

Student Support covers a vast range of services, such as providing students with an Academic Support Tutor and a counsellor available for practical and emotional support during their time at The Courtauld. These are invaluable services for students who may fall behind with their work for a variety of reasons, such as mental or physical health problems or sudden bereavement.


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