The DBS Young Designer / Maker Bursary

Young woodworking designer maker course

The DBS Young Designer / Maker Bursary offers two students annually a £3,000 grant when applying for our Twelve Month designer/maker course intakes.

David Savage’s commitment to train the next generation of cabinetmakers had been an enormous part of his life’s work. This work continues at Rowden and these bursaries are something David’s set in motion prior to his death in early 2019.

The bursary is redeemable against course fees for the Twelve Month Professional Designer / Maker courses, for which we have four intakes annually.


To be eligible for the bursary you should:

  • Be 23 or under at the time of starting the course
  • Have worked with wood in some capacity to date (formal training to date however is not necessary)
  • Provide examples of your work (images or other media are acceptable)*

*Given the reductions in woodwork and design through traditional academic channels, its possible that some applicants will have no prior hands on experience in cabinetmaking. In these instances we may be able to offer students a place on our one week courses, which run frequently through the year. Attendance on this one week course will replace the need to provide examples of work prior. One week courses will be charged at our standard one week course rate, but those fees will be deducted for successful applicants, from their Twelve Month course fees.


Applications are accepted throughout the year, but application deadlines are 8 weeks prior to the course start dates;

  • 1st December for February intake
  • 1st April for June intake
  • 1st July for September intake
  • 1st September for November intake

Conditions and Small Print:

Applications for this bursary will be encouraged from students with an expressed talent in cabinetmaking and / or design, regardless of whether their skills have been built to date through formal teaching or not and is open to all UK and international students**.

A short written application must be completed (please request forms when enquiring).

After your application has been reviewed we will conduct a short informal interview, by phone or video. Thereafter if successful, if at all possible, we will ask that you visit Rowden Atelier in order that we can meet you in person and discuss any finer details of your application. It’s also a great opportunity to see the workshops and see the work currently underway by our students.

Every application received will be reviewed and successful applicants informed no later than 6 weeks before the course start date.

**International students are responsible for their personal visa requirements before applying and be eligible to attend the Twelve Month course.

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