Undergraduate scholarships and funding
Scholarships and bursaries
We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries to make funding your studies
easier. Our main awards are listed below and you can
search our Scholarship Finder
to see what else you might be eligible for.
Scholarships from other organisations
|Scholarship or bursary name
||Who it's for
|Helena Kennedy Foundation Scholarship (external site)
||Students experiencing barriers to continuing their education and severe financial hardship
Other sources of funding
UK and EU students - students loans and benefits
US student loans
If you're a US student you could be eligible to take out a US direct loan.
Charitable trusts and grants
Information about charities and trusts that offer awards and sponsorship to students and
their application procedures can be found in the Educational Grants Directory and The Grants
Register. Copies of these are available in our Albert Sloman Library,
as well as in most public libraries.
You can also try a grants search at Turn2us.
Use the keyword "higher education" and then narrow your search by filling in other information about yourself.
Many charities and trusts are only able to award a small number of grants each year, so
competition can be fierce. To be in with the best chance of receiving an award it is a
good idea to:
- research charities and trusts carefully as they may have eligibility requirements (eg based on your area of
residence, family background and subject area)
- apply as soon as possible (many give deadlines for applications)
East 15 Acting School - charitable trusts and grants
Funding for Acting and Drama courses can be limited and competition for grants is fierce, but it’s
worth looking at the sources of funding above as well as these, which are aimed specifically at students
in your field:
For ideas of how to secure additional funding take a look at Damian Gaskin’s booklet
to Raise £40,000 and train at Drama School’ (.pdf). (The author has asked you to bear in
mind that this was written in 1996, well before all the fundraising advances that the internet
and social media have given you and so needs to be read in that context. Please do not contact
the author himself for sponsorship!)
You can also take a look at Degrees
For Free which has some useful and interesting ideas for fundraising and money-saving.
(There is a book of the same name, but don’t feel compelled to buy it, the website is useful
in its own right!)
Students with children, carers and care leavers
We provide information for parents, carers and care leavers, including additional sources of
funding that you may be eligible for.
We and the Students' Union both offer hardship loans if you are experiencing financial difficulty.