GSA Foundation Bursaries

  • GSA are offering up to 4 fully funded places (Bursaries) to the value of up to £10,100 each to students who enrol upon either the Foundation Acting or Foundation Musical Theatre programmes for 2021-22 academic year.

These Bursaries are being offered to those who might not otherwise be able to participate in a programme of study at GSA, to support those from either economically disadvantaged or under-represented groups in Higher Education. 

To be eligible to apply for a bursary, applicants must meet at least ONE of the criteria listed below:

  • From a Low Participation Neighbourhoods (defined as POLAR4 Quintiles 1 and 2 by OfS)
  • From an area of high deprivation (Index of Multiple Deprivation, IMD Quintile 1 & 2)
  • From a Black or Asian ethnic group
  • Care experienced students
  • Estranged students

More information on eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found under 2021/22 Entry Requirements/ GSA Foundation Bursaries for Foundation Acting and for Musical Theatre.

Applicants will also need to audition and demonstrate that they have the potential to benefit from the training that the Foundation Acting or Foundation Musical Theatre programmes offer.

Applications for Foundation Musical Theatre and Foundation Acting Bursaries are now closed.
 

The Ella Balinska Scholarship 2021-22

  • The Ella Balinska Scholarship is an award of £2,000 to a first year student on the BA Acting programme from the Global Majority. Applicants will be able to express an interest in being considered for the Scholarship when submitting their first round self-tape. If you have any queries, please email gsascholarships@gsa.surrey.ac.uk

This Scholarship is offered by GSA graduate, Ella Balinska and is intended to provide support and an affirmation of the student’s right to immerse in actor training as an individual and is designed to offer time for self-reflection, research and deepening understanding of cultural identity and authenticity in relation to training and their craft. Ella Balinska: “I hope that this scholarship will be a part of enabling students of the Global Majority to thrive in authenticity. I hope it encourages other students to broaden their knowledge and embrace their cultural influence throughout their training and into their career. Finding our truth as artists starts by having the opportunity to look at ourselves. Through a deeper level of understanding we can tell real, meaningful stories and honestly reflect the world we live in. As a result, I hope this inspires generations of talent to come; seeing themselves represented throughout the industry.”
 

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship 2021-24

  • Successful applicants to the BA Musical Theatre programme will be eligible to apply for an Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship.  The Scholarship will cover course fees only and will be reviewed on an annual basis.  Only one Scholarship is available for 2020-21.  Scholarships are awarded on a combined basis of merit and financial need.  Students who apply for the Scholarship will be required to submit a case for support and participate in an audition and interview.  Successful applicants to the GSA BA Musical Theatre programme will be invited to apply and will be sent full details at that time.

This Scholarship is funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation; further details on the Foundation’s work may be found here: Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. The Foundation supports Get Into Theatre, a free online resource connecting young people with training, funding and other opportunities, demystifying the process and opening up theatre careers to everyone, no matter what their background and aiming to encourage more diverse, talented young people to the performing arts industry.

Applications for 2021-24 closed


ATG Scholarships 2021-22

  • Successful applicants to the BA Actor Musician, BA Musical Theatre and BA Theatre Production programmes will be eligible to apply for one of two ATG Scholarships each worth £5,000.  Scholarships are awarded on a combined basis of merit and financial need.  Students who apply for the Scholarship will be required to complete an online application form; shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview/audition with a selection panel.  

This Scholarship is funded by the Ambassador Theatre Group; further details on the Foundation’s work may be found here: https://www.atg.co.uk.

Applications now open.  Details will be sent to eligible applicants soon.

The Doris and Hilda Farmer Charitable Trust Bursaries 2021-22

  • All students at GSA are eligible to apply for one of 20 new £1,000 bursaries for the 2021-2 academic year. All eligible students, both new and returning for the 2021-2 academic year, will be invited to submit an application.  A panel comprising members of the GSA faculty and external advisors will assess applications and shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of need.

This Scholarship is funded by the Doris and Hilda Farmer Charitable Trust.

Applications will open soon
 

The Mary Woolfe Charitable Trust Bursaries 2021-22 

  • All students at GSA are eligible to apply for one of 10 £1,000 bursaries for the 2021-22 academic year. All eligible students, both new and returning for the 2021-22 academic year, will be invited to submit an application.  A panel comprising members of the GSA faculty and external advisors will assess applications and shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of need. 

This Scholarship is funded by the Mary Woolfe Charitable Trust.

Applications for 2021-22 will open soon

Southern Grove Accommodation Bursary

First year GSA students enrolling in 2021-22 are eligible to apply for a one year fully funded en-suite accommodation bursary at student accommodation in Guildford https://southerngrove.co.uk/portfolio/guilden-village-guildford/ provided for 51 weeks for the 2021-22 academic year.  The opportunity is offered for LGBTQi+ or disadvantaged backgrounds, especially for those whose parents are estranged or who are registered carers for any member of their family.  

This Bursary is funded by Southern Grove. https://southerngrove.co.uk/

Applications will open soon

South Square Trust Scholarships 2021-22

  • GSA students in their first or second year on the BA Acting, BA Actor Musician and BA Musical Theatre programmes will be eligible to apply for a South Square Trust Scholarship. Several scholarships are awarded to applicants on a combined basis of merit and financial need. Students who apply for a Scholarship will be required to submit a case for support and participate in an audition and interview.  First year students will be invited to apply and will be sent full details at that time.

These Scholarships are funded by the South Square Trust; further details on the work of the SST may be found here: http://www.southsquaretrust.org.uk/

Applications for 2021-22 are now closed
 

McGrath Charitable Trust Scholarships 2021-22

  • GSA students in their first or second year on the BA Acting, BA Actor Musician and BA Musical Theatre programmes will be eligible to apply for a McGrath Charitable Trust Scholarship.  Several scholarship are awarded to applicants on a combined basis of merit and financial need.  Students who apply for a Scholarship will be required to submit a case for support and participate in an audition and interview.  First year students will be invited to apply and will be sent full details at that time.

These Bursaries are funded by the McGrath Charitable Trust; further details on the work of the McGrath Charitable Trust may be found here: https://www.themcgrathcharitabletrust.co.uk/

Applications for 2021-22 are now closed


Sir Michael Redgrave Trust Scholarships 2021-22

  • GSA students in their first or second year on the BA Acting, BA Actor Musician and BA Musical Theatre programmes will be eligible to apply for a Sir Michael Redgrave Charitable Trust Scholarship.  Several scholarship are awarded to applicants on a combined basis of merit and financial need.  Students who apply for a Scholarship will be required to submit a case for support and participate in an audition and interview.  First year students will be invited to apply and will be sent full details at that time.

These Bursaries are funded by the Sir Michael Redgrave Trust fund.

Applications for 2021-22 are now closed
 

Ian Ricketts Student Support Fund Scholarships 2021-22

  • GSA students in their first or second year on the BA Acting, BA Actor Musician and BA Musical Theatre programmes will be eligible to apply for an Ian Ricketts Student Support Fund Scholarship.  Several scholarship are awarded to applicants on a combined basis of merit and financial need.  Students who apply for a Scholarship will be required to submit a case for support and participate in an audition and interview.  First year students will be invited to apply and will be sent full details at that time.

These Bursaries are funded by the Ian Ricketts Student Support Fund.

Applications for 2021-22 are now closed
 

Other

GSA students may also be nominated for applications for support from a number of bursaries. External bursaries and sources of assistance include:

  • The Laurence Olivier Bursary
  • The Ian Fleming Award
  • The Lionel Bart Foundation
  • The Sir John Gielgud Bursary