Scholarships and bursaries

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

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.

View our Access and Participation plan

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. 

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 undergraduate students

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

Some of the scholarships we have available for incoming students include:  

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship designed to support an incoming student with Tuition fees only on the FdA Production and Technical Arts. 
  • The ITV Tony Warren Bursary from £2,000 to £15,000, designed to support an incoming BA Acting Student from the North West of England,
  • Audible UK Bursary to support an incoming BA (Hons) student
  • Clothworkers’ Bursary designed to support a UK-based incoming undergraduate student
  • Leverhulme Arts Scholarships created to support incoming students on any of LAMDA’s degree courses
  • The Dawn Sturgess Bursary from Dancing Ledge Productions and Wiltshire Creative - for one Drama School Acting Student from Wiltshire up to £30,000 to help towards their living costs incurred while training.

Foundation Diploma

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. 

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

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). 

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.