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FST Bursaries

FST currently administers three types of bursaries:

  • Assistant Director, Assistant Choreographer, & Assistant Movement Director Bursaries
    We have two deadlines a year for this bursary, in April and September
    Upcoming deadline: 25 September
  • Producer Placement Bursary
    We have two deadlines a year for this bursary, in April and September
    Upcoming deadline: 25 September
  • Graduate Bursary
    This bursary has a rolling deadline

For any enquiries regarding FST Bursaries, please contact:
Fiona McCurdy, Professional Development Manager.

Both Assistant Director and Producer Placement Bursaries were established in 2007 and are supported by funding from Creative Scotland. They help Scotland-based artists build up their experience by financially supporting their attachment to an established performing arts company. 
Assistant Director/ Choreographer/ Movement Director Bursary

This bursary has been extended to include Assistant Choreographers and Assistant Movement Directors.

The bursary aims to nurture the professional development of individual artists by supporting a directorial attachment to an established theatre company in the UK or internationally. The objective of this bursary scheme is to develop the applicant as a creative artist and to encourage the adoption of best practice. Successful applicants receive funding of a £350 stipend per week, including a contribution by the host organisation.

Two deadlines each year:
April and September

Upcoming deadline:
25 September 2020

Producer Placement Bursary

FST Producer Placement Bursary is designed for those working across the range of producing roles in dance, opera and theatre.

It focuses on the professional development of producers by supporting them to undertake a placement with established producers from the UK and internationally.

The bursary operates as a partnership between the applicant and host organisation and applications must be jointly developed with the nature and responsibilities of the placement agreed prior to application submission. Successful applicants receive funding of a £350 stipend per week, including a contribution by the host organisation.

Two deadlines each year:
April and September

Upcoming deadline:
25 September

FST Graduate Bursary

This bursary is for graduates who have completed their formal education in a FE/HE accredited technical or production skills course. For a host organisation, it is an opportunity to offer a valuable learning opportunity for a graduate looking to start a career in creative production, stage management or technical theatre

Recent Graduate Bursary can cover 85% of the cost of engaging an individual for a 3-12 week placement.

A funded placement should offer a graduate the opportunity to develop the necessary skills and contacts to undertake further work, providing a bridge from formal training to professional employment.