for The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, commencing September 2022

With funding from the Hamish Ogston Foundation, two full MA scholarships will be awarded by the Commonwealth Heritage Forum to students from Commonwealth countries to undertake the MA in Traditional Arts at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts in the United Kingdom, beginning in September 2022.

The MA in Traditional Arts course is a full-time, two-year course at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts in London, UK.  Students acquire skills, techniques and critical understanding in a range of traditional arts and crafts alongside associated philosophies—allowing them to advance their existing skills. More information about the course, including its structure and attendance requirements, can be found online here.

The Hamish Ogston Foundation Commonwealth MA Scholarships will be transformational for the successful candidates—opening up opportunities for a successful career in the heritage and conservation sectors.  We are looking for students who want to specialise in specific heritage crafts relevant to their own country, but who also have a wide interest in heritage, building crafts and architectural conservation.  For example, there will be opportunities in summer 2023 (between years 1 and 2) for students to participate in live training projects with the Commonwealth Heritage Forum.  In particular, it is crucial that scholarship recipients have a desire to develop their skills to improve the historic built environment for this, and future, generations.


The Hamish Ogston Foundation Commonwealth MA Scholarships are aimed at talented craftspeople and students from across the Commonwealth who would otherwise be unable to pursue further study of their craft or speciality skill.  Consideration of financial need will be central to the selection of the recipients.  

The MA scholarships are intended for those working and studying in the areas of traditional building and craft skills that are most relevant to, or most needed in, their own country and its heritage.  Priority will be given to those seeking to advance their knowledge, career, contribution and sector leadership in respect of the following fields:

  • Stonemasonry (including terracotta and carving in various stone types)
  • Carpentry and joinery (including carving, marbling, graining, inlaying and parquetry)
  • Exterior and interior painting and decorating (including limewash, traditional colours and finishes)
  • External and internal plastering (including stucco, lime renders and scagliola work)
  • Architectural ironwork
  • Gilding (on gesso and paper)
  • Stained glass
  • Tiling, mosaics, and ceramics
  • Skills relevant to your country/region’s needs, and within the scope of the Commonwealth Heritage Forum and The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts (contact us in advance to discuss)

While all are welcome to apply directly for admission to The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, we invite applications for the Hamish Ogston Foundation Commonwealth MA Scholarships from specified Commonwealth regions where the wider Commonwealth Heritage Forum programme is focusing initially, namely the following countries and territories:

Antigua and Barbuda; The Bahamas; Bangladesh; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Botswana; Cameroon; Dominica; Kingdom of Eswatini; Fiji; The Gambia; Ghana; Grenada; Guyana; India; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Malawi; Malaysia; Mozambique; Namibia; Nigeria; Pakistan; Papua New Guinea; Rwanda; Saint Lucia; Saint Helena; Samoa; Sierra Leone; South Africa; Sri Lanka; St Kitts and Nevis; St Vincent and The Grenadines; Tanzania; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; Uganda; and Zambia.

Deadline for applications: Friday 10th June 2022

For more information and to apply, please visit the HOF Commonwealth MA Scholarships page on the CHF website