Douglas MacLennan Scholarship 2022/2023 - Call for applications

The Douglas MacLennan Fashion Design Scholarship was established in 2019 by the founders of Design for Sustainable Development (DFSD) Foundation to nurture new talent in Fashion Design, encourage the next generation of designers, and to promote fashion design innovation and excellence.

The scholarship of LKR 150,000 is open to AOD students following Level 5 Fashion Design and Textiles and Fashion Design and Marketing.

A selection committee appointed by DFSD will award the scholarship annually.  Preference will be given to proposals or nominations that align with the DFSD objectives including:

  • Contributing to design innovation and excellence
  • Advancing Sri Lankan Design and/or promoting design using Sri Lanka’s heritage crafts
  • Empowering women
  • Encouraging sustainable practices in the production of Sri Lankan heritage crafts

Applicants will be judged by the work produced for the next year.The scholarship will be reimbursed off the tuition fees once the successful candidate hand over the CPJ is handed to LRC.

The scholarship will provide a contribution towards supporting design talent in Sri Lanka.  Applications will be assessed on the basis of merit.  Scholarship funds can be used flexibly and creatively for different activities that will contribute to design excellence.  Examples include supporting a design practitioner to attend a workshop or short-course; funding a group of textile artisans to participate in a study tour; or having a textile or a design expert visit an artisan community to help expand their design boundaries.   More conventional uses of the scholarship fund, such as supporting talented students in financial hardship, will also be considered.

Applications should be made on-line using the form provided at Applications for the scholarship should be received by 21st October 2022 and the nominee will be announced at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (MBFW) 2022.

Douglas MacLennan, after whom the scholarship is named, has worked in the world of fashion and fashion education for forty-nine years. He started his teaching career in 1972 at his alma mater, the renowned, central St. Martin’s, moving quickly on to his lengthy teaching base at Northumbria University, where he nurtured future fashion design talent until  2016, and created some of the biggest names in international fashion. Since stepping down from full time work in 2016 , he has held the position of Acting Chair and Academic Trustee for the re-named charity Graduate Fashion Foundation (previously known as Graduate Fashion Week London).

The scholarship was established by a request provided by the founder of AOD &  DFSD Linda Speldewinde.

To learn more about the scholarship fund or the Design for Sustainable Development Foundation see or email