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FST Bursaries

In the past, FST awarded two types of bursaries: Assistant Director (which also included Assistant Choreographer & Assistant Movement Director) and Producer Placement.

However, we recognised that in order to aid a more robust recovery within the sector from the skill and job losses which have hit hard over the past two years there is a need to broaden development opportunities. Therefore, we have adjusted the Producer/Director bursaries to be more inclusive of the diverse range of vital roles which exist within the sector.

The kind of roles that are now included within the bursary would be inclusive of but not limited to:

  • producing,
  • directing,
  • design,
  • choreography/movement,
  • sound,
  • technical/production,
  • creative learning
  • artistic development.

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

The 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.

The bursaries aim to nurture the professional development of the applicant by supporting their placement within an established company / organisation, nationally or internationally. Either host or applicant must be an FST member.

These are educational bursaries and therefore a tax free flat weekly rate of £450 is awarded over the 12-week bursary period.

Host companies would be required to make a commitment of a percentage of the total bursary of £450 per week as outlined below:

  • FST Full or Individual members: 15% from host, 85% from FST
  • FST Associate members: 20% from host, 80% from FST

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are a legal and moral duty and FST believes they are critical to the vibrancy of FST as an organisation and of the overall dance, opera and theatre sector in Scotland.  As the membership and development body for professional dance, opera and theatre in Scotland we want to exemplify best practices and support our members and the wider sector to develop and share best practices.

We believe that in order to achieve this it is critical that we support artists/practitioners who are currently under-represented within the sector to develop their professional practice, therefore we particularly welcome applications from artists that share protected characteristics which include but are not limited to: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

If there is anything we can do to help to support you in the application process please do not hesitate to get in touch: Fiona.mccurdy@scottishtheatre.org.  

Bursary Applications are now closed for 2022.

Two deadlines each year:
April and September

Upcoming deadline:
April 2023