Scholarships & Bursaries

DCL production, photo by Mark Duffield, 2011
Image: Mark Duffield

The Friends of the Drama Centre endeavour to support students in need. It was established two decades ago, thanks to substantial donations from Pierce Brosnan and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

In any year the Friends disburse bursaries and welfare support, totalling over £30,000, while Drama Centre London students have been in receipt of another £20,000 in the form of competitive bursaries and scholarships. 

Drama Centre London students also have a very strong record of winning competitive awards open to drama school students from across the UK, such as the Laurence Olivier Bursary (DCL students were successful in this award in each of the past five years), the Lilian Baylis Award, the John Gielgud Bursary and the Reeve's Foundation Awards. 

Drama Centre London Foundation Bursaries

Drama Centre London also offers three bursaries for part or all of the fees to some students of the Foundation in Performance. Details will be sent to you on application and can also be found on the Foundation in Performance page of the Drama Centre London website.

The Yat Malmgren Bursary

The Friends of Drama Centre London award an annual Yat Malmgren Bursary to the value of £4000. 

Named after one of the founding fathers of the Drama Centre London, the renowned dancer, movement director and teacher Dr. Yat Malmgren, the Bursary will be awarded to a second or third year BA student at the Drama Centre London who has demonstrated excellence. In view of Yat Malmgren’s profound interest in world culture, preference will be given to applicants from outside the European Union.

The Al Mirodan Bursary

This bursary, worth approximately £1000 per annum, is available to students of Israeli or Romanian origin studying on any course at Drama Centre London.

Research Bursaries

Starting in academic year 2014/15, two Drama Centre Research Bursaries are available for students wishing to pursue research degrees in one of the following areas:

  • The re-evaluation, extension and application of the Laban-Malmgren System of Character Analysis.
  • The general area of the links between acting, directing and/or movement (in the live or the recorded media) on the one hand and psychology and/or the cognitive sciences on the other.
  • Specific aspects of the history and development of actor and director training and education in the Western Tradition. Please note that the – as yet uncatalogued - archives of the Conference of Drama Schools and of the Directors Guild of Great Britain are located at the Drama Centre/Central Saint Martins. 

It is envisaged that research will be conducted under the supervision of Professor Vladimir Mirodan. [hyperlink to the entry in the Research Staff section of the UAL web site] Applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Mirodan directly (v.mirodan@csm.arts.ac.uk) for a preliminary discussion regarding their field of interest.

The Bursaries cover:

  • For full-time students: 50% of the full-time Home/EU Tuition Fees as published annually by the University of the Arts London, for a period of up to three years from the date of registration
  • A stipend of £2,150 per annum, annually adjusted for inflation in accordance with the September RPI, for a period of up to three years from the date of registration. 
  • For full-timeInternational students, an overall contribution towards costs of £4500, annually adjusted for inflation in accordance with the September RPI, for a period of up to three years from the date of registration. 
  • For part-time students the bursaries are set at 50% of the above sums, annually adjusted for inflation in accordance with the September RPI, for a period of up to six years from the date of registration.

Continuation of the bursary and/or stipend from one academic year to the next is conditional on the completion of the programme of study to the satisfaction of the supervisory team.