James McAvoy Drama Scholarships 

Bafta winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participation in drama at RCS Short Courses.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.


The application criteria is as follows:

  • The applicant must be applying for a drama short course at RCS. These courses can be found on the website and can include weekly classes for young people, drama credit rated short courses, drama specialist intensive weekends, summer schools and new company or blended learning experiences. It does not include any short course where the subject specialism is dance, music, production or screen. If you would like to clarify whether the course you are interested in is eligible, please contact Short Courses using our contact details below.
  • The applicant must be aged 25 or under at the time of application, and must be able to provide proof of this status.
  • The applicant must be resident in Scotland at the point of application, and must be able to provide proof of this status.


Application Process

Students are required to complete an online form giving as much information as possible to support their application. A link to this form can be found at the bottom of this page. Please be aware that you may be asked to provide supporting documents with your application. These must be submitted within five working days of your application being received.

At this stage students should also start to book a place on their chosen course so their interest is registered. You can find a link to the course application form on the webpage which describes the course. The form should be completed up to the point of making payment.

Deadlines for applications to the James McAvoy Scholarship in 2019/2020 are:

Monday 2nd March 2020
Monday 17th June 2020
Monday 24th August 2020
Monday 30th November 2020
Monday 1st March 2021

Following the deadline a panel will meet to consider each application and decide how the funding available for each quarter of the year should be allocated to applicants. Please note, our funds are limited and making an application does not guarantee that a scholarship will be offered.

Students will be contacted within 2 weeks of the deadline with the outcome of their application and asked to formally accept any scholarship offered in writing. Following this a ‘promotion code’ will be issued, allowing the student to book their course at the reduced fee.

Please note that you can apply for any class or course which starts after the deadline date but we advise students do this as soon as possible to allow for the turnaround of applications.

If the course you are applying for starts before the next deadline, please contact on the email below to let us know and we will endeavor to process your application in advance of this date.

If you have any questions about the application process, or require support in accessing our application form in an alternative or accessible format, please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or bursaryscholarship@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. Our Frequently Asked Questions for the scholarships can be downloaded here: James McAvoy Drama Scholarship FAQs


Exclusions to this Scholarship:

  • The scholarship is intended to meet the cost of tuition fees only at RCS.  The costs of travel, subsistence or accommodation are not eligible.
  • There is no restriction on the number of times you are able to apply providing the course applied for is different each time and funds permitting.

The James McAvoy Drama Scholarship has been established to help young Scots who live in challenged communities or circumstances to participate in the drama learning and teaching at RCS.

However, RCS Juniors and Short Courses also benefit from the Agnes Allen Bursary scheme, which exists to support other young people and adult learners who might find affording tuition fees a barrier to participation.

Applicants to the Agnes Allen Bursary scheme can be at any age or stage in their development, from anywhere in the world and their interests can be in dance, drama, music, production or film. We accept applications all year round.




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