Student Grants Scheme

The Leathersellers’ Company now awards Student Grants of up to £5,000 a year, for a maximum of 4 years, to study full-time for a degree at a UK University. Please see our criteria for further information.

Once the Scheme is Open

Applications will re-open 1 April 2019.

If you have submitted an application prior to the deadline you will hear about the outcome of your application, whether you have been shortlisted for an interview or not. So, unless your email address changes, there is no need for you to do anything else.


  • You can make your application only via our on-line form which is quick and easy to use.
  • You don’t need to do it all at once – you can save your progress and sign back in anytime.
  • We notify all applicants via email on the outcome of their application.

  • UK students already enrolled on a full-time degree course at a UK University, or with an offer for a full-time degree course at a UK University, are eligible to apply.
  • Students of any nationality who can show a commitment to the UK, such as permanent residence, previous secondary educational record, family ties, are eligible to apply.
  • Priority may sometimes be given to exceptional students from the Greater London area.
  • Students from Colfe’s School and the Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools are encouraged to apply.
  • Funding will not be given in support of one-year professional conversion courses.
  • Consideration may be given to full / part-time courses that are not degrees, resulting in nationally recognised qualifications where the applicant can successfully demonstrate that the attainment of the qualification would significantly benefit their future employability/career prospects.
  • A maximum award of £5,000 per annum is available, subject to annual review, for a maximum of 4 years.
  • Where the applicant is in their final year of study, an award of up to £1,000 may be made for one year only where the Chairman and Interview panel have reviewed the application and deemed this appropriate.

The maximum value of an award is £5,000 per annum for up to four years.

You should put forward a strong case both academically and in terms of personal circumstance as to why you feel you should be considered for an award.

You should be able to demonstrate that you are making every effort to apply for and raise funds to cover your course costs and living expenses, such as applying for other grants & loans, working part time or getting help from your family if possible.

You should be able to explain how your chosen course will enable you to further your career path and gain employment.

Applications are particularly welcomed from students of engineering or subjects connected with the leather trade including fashion students who work with leather.

Applications are also welcomed from graduates & undergraduates who express an intention to take Holy Orders.

Interviews will take place in September 2019 at Leathersellers’ Hall, 7 St Helen’s Place, Bishopsgate in London.

We notify all applicants of the outcome of their application, whether you have been shortlisted for an interview or not. So, unless your e-mail address changes, there is no need for you to do anything else once you have completed your application.

If you are thinking of applying find out if you are eligible by reading our criteria and guidelines for help and hints.

References will be required for all applications and are an important part of the assessment.

Ensure your referee is familiar with your chosen career path and can tell us about your academic and non-academic qualities.