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Arts Scholarships

For specialist arts institutions or registered charities to provide training opportunities across the fine and performing arts: music, drama, dance, film, fine art, etc.

The Trust welcomes applications from all sectors of the fine and performing arts, including (but not exclusively) music, drama, dance, film and fine art. The scheme will support arts training at any level, from school-age children, to undergraduates and postgraduates.

Individual scholars or students may not apply directly to the Trust.


Grants run for 3 years only.

Before beginning your application, please read the information below.

Eligible applicants

Grants will be offered across the full range of the performing and fine arts. Eligible organisations will be specialist arts training institutions or registered charities which can demonstrate outstanding quality within their particular field. 

Institutions may make only one application for funding within each round.

Within its one application, an institution may request funds for more than one type of artistic activity or form of financial support, e.g:

  • summer school bursaries
  • postgraduate bursaries
  • innovative teaching awards for undergraduates, etc.

The applying organisation will be responsible for the selection of bursary recipients and for the selection and employment of staff in the case of innovative teaching activity.

Ineligible applicants

Funds are not available for:

  • continuing professional development, i.e. simply to provide a bridge between formal study and professional employment for recently graduated students
  • PhD studentships

Individual students may not apply directly to the Trust. 

University departments which teach fine and performing arts are not eligible to apply to this scheme.

What the Trust offers
Duration and timing of grant

Funding awarded in the 2019 round will run from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2022. All bursary costs or innovative teaching activity must be between these dates only. 

Type of support

Arts Scholarships may be in the form of:

  • bursaries to enable individuals to develop their talent, and/or 
  • innovative teaching awards to provide new and original training opportunities for the students concerned
Eligible costs

Eligible costs for bursaries may include some or all of: 

  • relevant tuition fees
  • maintenance
  • travel costs

Eligible costs for an innovative teaching activity are the provision of original and new training opportunities beyond the normal curriculum. Existing teaching staff costs are ineligible.

How to apply
Principal Applicant

Applications should be made by a Principal Applicant who will take responsibility for the administration of the award and for providing annual progress reports to the Trust.

Institutional Approval

Applications will also require Institutional Approval of the content of the application, including the finances requested by the organisation. This approver may not be the Principal Applicant.

Assessment of requests

An expert panel will be convened to assess requests for funding, and will consider the case that each application makes for quality, innovation, and need. The Trust may fund a bid in full or provide partial funding if support for more than one activity is requested. 

Making your application

To make an application, please access the Leverhulme Trust Grants Management System. The recommended browser to use is Google Chrome.

When completing the online application form, please refer to the Application Help Notes.

Feedback on applications

Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications for this scheme, it is not possible to provide feedback to individual applicants regarding unsuccessful applications.

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