Short Courses Bursary and Scholarships

We want to ensure as many children, young people and adult learners as possible can access the performing and production arts education that is offered through Short Courses at RCS. Please see below for information about our Agnes Allan Bursary and James McAvoy Scholarships which may be able to support you to attend our courses.

Detailed information can be found in the Short Courses Bursary Criteria 2022-23. This document is designed to help you determine the amount of financial support you could apply for to help you with your fees for Short Courses tuition, and we encourage you to read this before making an application.

Agnes Allan Bursary

We offer financial support to our applicants through the Agnes Allan Bursary which anyone, regardless of age, stage or level of ability, can apply for. The bursary support can be used towards tuition fees for any dance, drama, music, production or filmmaking short course including weekly classes, short study, audition preparation, credit rated courses and summer schools. More information about the bursary scheme and the application form can be found here.

James McAvoy Drama Scholarship

The James McAvoy Drama Scholarships are available to support young people (aged 25 or under) residing in Scotland, regardless of level of ability, to access drama or acting short courses including weekly classes, short study, audition preparation, credit rated courses and summer schools. More information about the scholarship scheme and the application form can be found here.

Short Courses Drama Scholarship

The Drama Scholarship aims to support prospective performers and producers of theatre, television and film as they move towards a formal training, potentially at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. More information can be found here.

Applications for the 2022/23 academic year are closed but applications for the 2023/2024 academic year will reopen in Spring 2023.


When do I apply?

Applications for Agnes Allan Bursary and James McAvoy Drama Scholarship are open from Friday 18th November 2022.

Applications can be submitted for any of our Short Courses which are open for bookings that run from January 2023 – December 2023.

Bursary and Scholarship applications must reach us before 9am on the 1st of each month. Any applications received after this date, will be assessed by the panel the following month.

If you are applying for a course which starts before the 14 days, please continue to complete the online application form and email us at bursaryscholarship@rcs.ac.uk to let us know you have submitted it – we will process the application as soon as we’re able to.

How do I apply?

Students must look at the eligibility and information provided above for the Bursary and Scholarships we offer, and ensure that their situation matches the criteria required.

Students are required to complete an online form giving as much information as possible to support their application. Application forms can be found by clicking on the following links:

Detailed information can be found in the Short Courses Bursary Criteria 2022-23. This document is designed to help you determine the amount of financial support you could apply for to help you with your fees for Short Courses tuition, and we encourage you to read this before making an application.

Please also read the Bursary FAQs and T&Cs 2022-23 before you apply. This outlines how your application will be processed and what happens if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Contact us

If you have any further questions about financial support offered by Short Courses, please contact us directly at bursaryscholarship@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help.

Please note that we are a small department who experience a high volume of emails. We aim to respond to all communications within 3-5 days but it may take a little longer during busier time periods — we appreciate your patience in these instances.