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Future Fwd

This information is for UK/Home students applying to study at Northumbria University in the academic year 2023/24.

The FUTURE FWD Scholarship was established and first awarded in 2021.  The scholarship is an ongoing initiative with the aim to support the next generation of Design students.  The ambition is to fund multiple students each academic year and to extend beyond London to more universities.

Northumbria is thrilled to be working in partnership with FUTURE FWD for September 2023 entry.  This prestigious scholarship will award one BA (Hons) Graphic Design student from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background with £10,000 cash per year (to a total of £30,000) to provide support with material costs and living expenses throughout their degree.  The scholarship award also includes access to mentorship throughout the course and a paid internship opportunity with one of the studios.

If you are ready to start your journey with Northumbria, create your best future and meet the criteria below, apply now and you will be considered for The FUTURE FWD Scholarship.

Apply Now.  Applications close at 16:00 on Friday 29 September

Read more about FUTURE FWD

The FUTURE FWD Scholarship is supported by design studios Zak Group, Pentagram, Some Days and Fraser Muggeridge to advance equality and inclusion in Graphic Design.  They firmly believe that making a more inclusive and diverse design industry begins with making design education more accessible. 

"As an industry we're only as good as the next generation of graphic design talent. By joining forces with two of the field’s leading studios we hope to demonstrate our mutual commitment to making design more inclusive" - Zak Kyes, Creative Director of Zak Group

"We know that our industry can be homogenous and opportunities for people to progress their careers and work in a commercial setting are limited, especially for people who are from racialised backgrounds. By being part of FUTURE FWD we want to help make the industry more diverse and accessible through the scholarship and industry experience and exposure." - Pentagram partner, Luke Powell

"Too many creative voices aren’t being heard due to the barriers of education including cost and access. We are passionate about supporting the brilliant diverse minds that will lead our industry into the future." - Steve Reinmuth, Creative Director of Some Days


Terms and Conditions

To be eligible for the FUTURE FWD Scholarship you must:

  • Have one of the following categories of ethnicity:
    • Asian or Asian British
      • Indian
      • Pakistani
      • Bangladeshi
      • Chinese
      • Any other Asian background
    • Black, Black British, Caribbean or African
      • Caribbean
      • African
      • Any other Black, Black British, or Caribbean background
    • Mixed or multiple ethnic groups
      • White and Black Caribbean
      • White and Black African
      • White and Asian
      • Any other Mixed or multiple ethnic background
  • Be a UK/Home applicant
  • Have a household income of under £40,000
  • Apply and enrol to study on one of the Full-Time BA (Hons) Graphic Design course at the Newcastle Upon Tyne campus, starting in September 2023
  • Either holding a firm choice offer from the University or applying through Clearing
  • Met all individual course entry requirements
  • Be a self-funded student (ie, not in receipt of sponsorship or other funding for the payment of fees, such as employer funding)
  • Apply for one or more elements of the Government Student Finance package (for example, Tuition Fee loan, Maintenance loan) in order for your application to be means-tested
  • Register with Student Finance England (SFE), Student Finance Wales (SFW) or Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI)
  • Scottish students must register with Student Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) and apply to be means-tested for maintenance funding, in order that SASS can send your data to Student Finance England
  • Agree to share consent via your Government Finance Provider with Northumbria University

Important Information

Applicants should also note:

  • The student selected for the FUTURE FWD Scholarship will not be eligible for any other Undergraduate scholarship schemes
  • Students who apply through Clearing are eligible for the FUTURE FWD Scholarship
  • The FUTURE FWD Scholarship is awarded as cash
  • Payments will be made as 25% of total by the end of November 2023, 25% of total by the end of February 2024 and 50% of total by the end of in May 2024
  • Funding is provided on an annual basis, providing the successful student progresses to the next year of study
  • If you choose to undertake a placement year, funding will not be provided in this year
  • Progress updates for the donor will be requested at the end of each academic year.  Subsequent payments will not be made until these updates are received
  • The student selected for the FUTURE FWD Scholarship is required to provide a thank you letter to the donor
  • If you do not provide a thank you letter and progress updates to the donor, the scholarship may be withdrawn
  • If you defer your place at Northumbria University before the scholarship has been paid, the scholarship offer will be withdrawn
  • If you decide to leave your course after the scholarship payment has been made, the University will not make efforts to reclaim the amount
  • The University's decision is final and cannot be challenged; there is no right of appeal 

Selection Process

There is a competitive selection process for this scheme:

  • Applicants need to apply via online written application; a selection panel will consider all eligible applications.  In no more than 1000 characters, please answer the following question; What are your career aspirations in design, and how would the FUTURE FWD scholarship help you achieve them? - Applications will be considered on the strength of response.
  • You will also need to upload an electronic portfolio to the application form containing one PDF document (20MB Maximum) which should be an example of what you consider your best work for the selection panel to review.  It must include:
    • A title page with your name and course title
    • An introductory page of no more than 500 words explaining your work, methodology and inspiration
    • Up to 15 pages or images with each image numbered and clearly labelled showing the date of production and, if relevant, title, size and materials used in the original piece
  • Applications close at 16:00 on Friday 29 September
  • If you have any issues submitting your portfolio, please contact
  • The successful student will be notified by the end of October 2023

Last updated: 22/09/2023

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