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 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 funds the James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS that he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees a barrier to accessing the training.


Who can apply for the scholarships?

  • The applicant must be applying for a Drama Short Course including weekly classes, short study, audition preparation, credit rated short courses and summer schools. The scholarship is not able to support students where the subject specialism is musical theatre, dance, music, production or filmmaking.
  • 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.

When do I apply?

Applications are now open for courses running in our 2023/2024 academic year. 

Bursary and Scholarship applications are reviewed by a panel once a month. If you are applying for a course which starts within the next 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.

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Criteria and Eligibility

Detailed information can be found here in the Short Courses Bursary Criteria 2024. The 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 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 7 days but it may take a little longer during busier time periods — we appreciate your patience in these instances.