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FST Bursaries

FST Bursaries aim to nurture the development of professionals working within the performing arts in Scotland. Activity supported through the Bursaries should develop the applicant’s skills and experience as a professional performing arts practitioner, and encourage the adoption of best practice.

While they enable an attachment to an established host, Bursaries are partnerships between applicants and hosts, with applications for activity that has been jointly developed. Hosts include theatre, dance or opera companies, venues or design teams in the UK or internationally. Financial support from FST is matched by the host.    

We invite applications from individuals undertaking a range of roles, including but not limited to: 

  • producers
  • directors
  • designers (set, lighting, sound)
  • choreographers/movement
  • technical/production professionals
  • creative learning professionals
  • artistic development professionals, including in new or emerging areas

Bursary Applications are now open for 2024

Two deadlines per year:
May and September

Next deadline: Thursday 19 September (applications open w.c. 1 July)

Outcomes: You will hear the outcome of your application by Thursday 10 October

Financial Support Available

A company and the applicant can apply to work together for a minimum of 3 and maximum of 12 weeks full time equivalent (weeks need not be consecutive). 

The Bursary is paid as a stipend of £450 per week. This is an educational bursary and is, therefore, tax free. Hosts are required to make a commitment of a percentage of the total bursary of £450 per week as outlined below:

  • FST Organisation or Individual members: 15% from host, 85% from FST (Host – £67.50 per week + 15% expenses)

The FST membership categories above refer to the status of either the host company or the applicant – so where the host or the applicant is an Organisation or Individual member, the contribution from the host remains at 15%.

  • FST Associate members: 20% from host, 80% from FST (Host – £90 per week + 20% expenses)
  • Non-members: 25% from host, 75% from FST (Host – 112.50 per week + 25% expenses)

In addition to the bursary, successful applicants will be awarded reasonable expenses. A percentage of this will also be contributed by the host company, as outlined above.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

FST recognises the centrality of Equality, Diversity and Inclusionas a legal and moral duty, and that improving EDI is vital to the vibrancy and success of the performing arts.

To achieve this, it is critical that we support artists/practitioners who are currently under-represented within the sector to develop their professional practice. We encourage applicants from different backgrounds and with different experiences and skills to apply for FST Bursaries.

We actively welcome applicants with protected characteristics and those who are currently under-represented in the performing arts including: people experiencing barriers due to socio-economic background, people who self-identify as LGBTQIA+, people who self-identify as D/deaf, people who self-identify as Disabled and those returning to work who have caring responsibilities, ethnically diverse people who have experienced racism including people who are from African and Caribbean diaspora, Latinx, the East Asian Diaspora, the South East Asian Diaspora, from the South Asian Diaspora, West Asian Diaspora (including Middle East), Indigenous people, bi-racial/mixed heritage or who also self-identify as a Person of Colour or Black. We might use the term The Global Majority or BIPOC+ to refer to people from these identities.

Upon submission of an application, we’d be grateful if you could complete an anonymous equalities monitoring form by following this link. You do not have to complete it and you have the opportunity not to answer any of the questions as none are mandatory.

For any enquiries, or if there is anything we can do to help to support you in the application process, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing hello@scottishtheatre.org.

Submitting your application

Please submit your completed Bursary Application form and Budget form by emailing hello@scottishtheatre.org by the deadline on the right where you can download forms and detailed Bursary guidance.