Scholarships and bursaries

Get all the info about how you can apply for a supported placement.

We believe 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 weare 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.

To help ensure that access to the arts is at the heart of what we do at LAMDA we have an Access and Participation Plan which sets out how as a higher education provider we will improve access to education and opportunities for underrepresented groups. If you would like to see how LAMDA plans on measuring access, progress and access please click here to read our Access and Participation Plan.

LAMDA’s Scholarships & Bursaries scheme 

This programme aims to provide the vital financial support necessary for students from lower socio-economic backgrounds to access and complete our training, allowing students to focus fully on their course without the burden of financial strain.

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 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.

Getting here has not been without difficulty. Money has been the biggest barrier in my life… without the help from [my scholarship] I would not be able to attend LAMDA. I am so grateful for the financial generosity that has been given to me to allow me the chance to follow my dreams.

2019/20 scholarship recipient

Scholarship support for UK undergraduate students

We currently provide scholarship support to 35% of students on our undergraduate courses, and we award over £350,000 annually in means-tested scholarships and bursaries towards tuition fees and living costs.

Scholarship application forms are sent out when we offer you a place. When accepting your place at LAMDA, making sure you understand what financial support you are going to need to pay the fees and support yourself throughout the course.

Scholarship support for UK postgraduate students

In line with the values we have set down in our Access & Participation Plan, many of our scholarships are intended for students who are new to higher education and studying on an undergraduate course.

In 2020/21, 13% of students on our MA Directing & MFA Professional Acting courses received a partial scholarship.

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.

Foundation Diploma

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. Priority will be given to students from low-income backgrounds and other underrepresented characteristics as per our Access and Participation Plan.

International students

Currently our only scholarships designated for US studentsis the Fulbright scholarship and the Johnson & Johnson Carne Scholarship (usually awarded as a final year scholarship) .

The FulbrightJohn 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. It 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.