Bruce Millar graduate Fellowship

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The Bruce Millar Fellowship is a unique chance for new graduates of the School of Drama, Dance, Production and Film (DDPF) to receive funding and support from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The Fellowship is an opportunity to launch a career or practice with an award of £10,000 for a creative project, performance, phase of research & development, or to launch a creative company.

Applications for the Bruce Millar Graduate Fellowship are now open.

You are invited to join us for an Information Session on Monday 1 February at 17:00 to learn more about the Fellowship, the application process, and to ask any questions before submitting an application. Click here to register to attend the online meeting.

Who is eligible?

  1. Applicants must be in the final year of study (undergraduate or postgraduate*) OR have graduated in the past year (July 2021 or October 2021).
  2. Applicants must be graduating OR have graduated from the Department of Drama, Dance, Production and Film.
  3. Projects must be completed by September 2023.
  4. From February 14 2022 until September 2023 applicants must be legally resident in the UK. If applying as a group/collective, then all of the applicants must be legally resident in the UK within this time.
  5. Applications can be made as individuals or as a team. Each team member must fit within the eligibility criteria.
  6. Previous winners of the Bruce Millar Award/Fellowship are not eligible.

*Please note that the successful candidate(s) are responsible for their own tax and will be required to provide proof of address and UK bank account.

How do I apply? 

Please ensure you read all of the Guidelines thoroughly before applying.

Click here to download Guidelines.

This includes information about application assessment which can help guide your application writing process.

Click here to download application forms.

Completed applications should be sent to  The deadline for applications is Monday 14 February at 17:00. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

If you have any accessibility requirements and would like to submit your application by video please contact

If you have any queries about the Bruce Millar Graduate Fellowship please contact


2021-2022 Bruce Millar Graduate Fellows

Jonathan O'Neill on left and Isaac Savage on right sit on red velvet seats in the New Athenaeum Theatre in RCS

We are delighted to announce the Bruce Millar Graduate Fellowship for 2021-2022 is a collaborative partnership between Jonathan O’Neill and Isaac Savage. Jonathan and Isaac were selected by an external panel after a competitive two-stage application process finishing with a live pitch to the panel.  They have been working as creative collaborators for several years and will continue their partnership with a funded year of Research & Development towards their new musical, ‘Letting Go’.

Letting Go (working title) is a two-hander performance about the effects of loss and grief and the questions we are left with as we try to move on. The duo will be developing a unique and innovative approach to writing genderless musicals. The aim is to allow for the characters in the show to be played by performers of any gender.

About the project, Jonathan and Isaac said: “Through all of our work, we aim to promote creativity and champion stories and characters from the LGBTQI+ community. The genderless writing format we will develop throughout this project will help us pioneer a format that can be applied in other writers’ works, resulting in many more portrayals of diverse relationships on stage and more opportunities for performers of all genders, especially those that identify as trans, non-binary or gender non-conforming”

Jonathan and Isaac will draft the book and score, and then hold a two-week workshop bringing together actors and other creatives to develop the work further, produce song demos and video footage. They hope to use this material to share with producers and venues with the long-term goal of sharing their new work at the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

“We’re so honoured to be recipients of this amazing fellowship, giving us the opportunity to create work and collaborate on something that wouldn’t be possible without such support.”

You can read about the 2020-2021 Bruce Millar Graduate Fellows here.