Scholarships and bursaries

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We believe that talent should never be held back

Here at LAMDA, we believe that drama school training needs to be accessible to anyone who wishes to build on their life experience and pursue a career in the creative industries.

This means we are looking to shake up the performing arts industry as a whole – nurturing emerging artists from all walks of life and who reflect the world that we live in.

LAMDA’s Scholarships & Bursaries scheme 

This programme aims to provide the vital support necessary for students to overcome the financial barriers they face to access and complete our training, allowing students to focus fully on their course without the burden of financial strain. 

While incoming students should be prepared to fund their training, scholarships provide additional support.

There is always a greater need for scholarships than what we can currently provide, and we are working to increase the number of scholarships available to ensure that finance is not a barrier to students from underrepresented groups who wish to access LAMDA’s training.

LAMDA’s scholarships usually range between £3,000 - £15,000 and are funded through grants from trusts and foundations, companies and individual donors. 

Scholarship support for UK students

We currently provide scholarship support to 35% of students on our undergraduate courses.

Applicants will be contacted about scholarships when they receive an offer to train at LAMDA, however some scholarships can be applied for externally. Some of the scholarships we have available for incoming students who meet eligibility criteria include:

Bursaries for Acting students:

  • The ITV Tony Warren Bursary from £2,000 to £15,000, designed to support an incoming [Undergraduate] BA (Hons) Acting Student from the North West of England.
  • The Dawn Sturgess Bursary from Dancing Ledge Productions and Wiltshire Creative - for one Drama School Acting Student aged between 18-25 and a permanent resident of Wiltshire. The bursary covers up to £30,000 to help towards their living costs incurred while training. [This can be applied for externally]
  • Audible UK Bursary to support an incoming BA (Hons) student providing a Full Scholarship (Full Tuition Fees and a Yearly Living Stipend) for an incoming BA (Hons) Acting Student for the duration of the 3-year course.

Bursaries for Production & Technical Arts:

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship is designed to support an incoming student with Tuition fees only on the FdA Production and Technical Arts. 
  • The Portal Trust Scholarships are designed to support two incoming students from the LAMDA Pathways Programme with a full bursary towards living costs for the duration of their Production and Technical Arts for Stage and Screen Course.

Available for Performing Arts Foundation Diploma students:

  • The Isobel Monk Foundation Bursary provides £1000 of support. This is split into £500 a term, covering the two terms of the foundation course and £50 per week to support living costs.
  • As part of our commitment to opening pathways to Higher Education, we award two full tuition fee scholarships to two students per year on the Foundation Diploma. One of these is awarded through our Pathways programme. If you are offered a place on the Foundation course you will be contacted with information on how to apply. 

Available for undergraduate students on any course:

  • Clothworkers’ Bursary designed to support a UK-based incoming undergraduate student Full Tuition Fees and a Yearly Living Stipend.

Available for incoming students on any course:

  • Leverhulme Arts Scholarships created to support incoming students on any of LAMDA’s degree courses, full and partial scholarships are available for incoming students on any of LAMDA's degree courses, undergraduate and postgraduate.

Scholarship support for UK postgraduate students

None of the scholarships available to postgraduate students are able to cover both tuition fees and living costs entirely, and applicants for these courses are encouraged to consider other funding sources. 

Find out more about further support

Scholarships for International students

Currently our only scholarships designated for US students is are the Fulbright scholarship and Carne Scholarship (usually awarded as a final year scholarship). 

Scholarships for MA Classical Acting students:

The Fulbright John Wood LAMDA Award, for an incoming student on the MA Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre course, provides a full tuition fee scholarship as well as a living stipend. Applications from students from underserved populations are encouraged.

This award is generously provided through an endowment from the MLDauray Arts Initiative. You can find out more on the Fulbright website. Applications for this scholarship are made directly to Fulbright, not LAMDA. 

How to apply for a scholarship or bursary

The process
  1. Start early

    Start thinking about how you will fund your training early and browse, not only our Scholarship offerings, but the information on loans and wider grants.

  2. Once you're offered a place, fill out your application

    Scholarship application forms are sent out when we offer you a place.

    When accepting your place at LAMDA, make sure you understand what financial support you are going to need to pay the fees and support yourself throughout the course.

View our Access and Participation plan