Bursaries we offer

RAD bursaries, scholarships and competitions provide opportunities for young people to gain performance experience and to further their study and training.

Application forms and dates can be found on each individual bursary scheme linked to below.

In addition to the bursaries outlined here, we award scholarships every year at our Summer School events, as well as scholarships linked to regional activities.

General bursary schemes 

The Phyllis Bedells Bursary is one of our longest-established grants. This bursary is awarded to young dancers under 17 years of age who have passed the RAD Intermediate and Advanced 1 exams (Advanced 1 with Distinction) but have not entered for the Advanced 2 exam.

The Fiona Campbell Examinations Bursary is made possible as the result of a generous legacy left by the former RAD teacher, examiner, trustee and lifelong friend to the Academy. Teachers can apply for the bursary on behalf of deserving candidates, to the value of their next examination.

The Florrie Sinclair Memorial Award is has been founded in memory of Scottish teacher and examiner Florrie Sinclair. It will be available to Scottish students who wish to pursue a career in either dance teaching or performing.

Bursaries for dance teachers

RAD offers a range of bursary and scholarship schemes for individuals keen to pursue a career in dance teaching. Find out more by visiting the Fees and funding page.

Bursaries for applicants to the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition

The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition; The Fonteyn, formerly the Genée International Ballet Competition is the RAD’s annual international ballet competition and retains the heritage of Dame Adeline Genée by preserving the Genée Gold Medal.

The Fonteyn offers limited bursaries, created thanks to a donation from the Dame Margot Fonteyn Scholarship Fund, this scheme is open to any individual from any country wishing to compete in the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition.

Project B bursaries

Project B is the RAD’s campaign to celebrate and inspire male dancers.

We have established a range of bursaries to support more boys to access dance – see Project B/Be a Dancer link for more information.

Men who are thinking of training to become a dance teacher can also benefit from Project B financial support – see Project B/Be a Teacher link for more information.

Support us

The Royal Academy of Dance is always looking to create more opportunities for young dancers around the world. Visit the Support Us section to find out how to support a new bursary programme.