Mayflower Theatre’s Higher Education Bursary Scheme is open to all young people who have the aspiration to follow a career in theatre, whether on stage or off stage.  To qualify, you must be aged between 18 - 25 years old and reside in Hampshire.

3 white girls rehearsing for our 2022 Summer Youth Project

Support is prioritised to those attending a course or audition run by a member of The Federation of Drama and Dance Schools, and you can apply for any year of your study.

The Bursary

The Bursary provides support for the following:

  • Up to £3,000 for an accredited training course with the minimum course length of one year. Please note, we do not support Foundation courses.
  • Up to £500 to attend an arts specific training course/workshop of no less than one week's length and no more than 4 weeks
  • Up to £500 to cover travel costs to attend auditions and/or interviews or course materials for an existing course

The maximum amount of our bursary award is £3,000.  However, in addition we can also grant one of the Awards below at our discretion:

The Edward, Lord Montagu Award for a maximum award of £9000
The Isobel Gatward Award for a maximum award of £6,000
The Off Stage Award for a maximum award of £6,000
The Malcolm Le Bas Award for a maximum award of £6,000
The Talent Award for a maximum award of £3,000


Our Bursary Scheme attracts a large number of applicants and we cannot fund everyone. We therefore adhere to strict criteria to determine who is awarded funding.

1. Applicants’ main residency must be in Hampshire.

2. Applicants must be able to provide documentary evidence that they have been accepted to the further learning establishment, proof of audition or any other course they are applying for support to attend.

3. Priority will be given to those experiencing financial or other hardship.

4. Priority will be given to those demonstrating outstanding commitment to and achievement in their Art form.



Application Process

To apply, please click the link below to complete the application form.  All applicants will receive notice of the outcome
of their application, and if your application is successful we will contact you to arrange an interview.

You may be asked to send evidence of income and circumstances. Examples of evidence you can use are
listed below. (Please only send photocopies as we are unable to guarantee return of original documents):

Proof: Examples of what can be sent

Earned Income
Last payslip of the tax year/self-assessment tax return

Unearned Income
Statements showing interest or investments, benefit verification or tax credit letter, pension statements,
income details from an accountant, self-assessment tax return


Terms & Conditions

  1. You can only receive one bursary
  2. If your application is unsuccessful you may reapply after a year and on a maximum of two further occasions.
  3. You must provide a receipt for the bursary they have been granted and must repay any outstanding monies if the bursary grant is in excess of the actual costs.
  4. If your application is successful your bursary award will be paid directly to the educational establishment on receipt of an invoice.
  5. Costs for travel will be reimbursed via bank transfer on presentation of a receipt.
  6. If your application is successful and you receive a bursary,
    you must agree for your profile to be presented on our website and we may also ask you to participate in press events to acknowledge the bursary.
  7. All applicants are expected to provide information about their chosen course upon request.
  8. If you are awarded a bursary and then do not continue the course for whatever reason you must advise Mayflower Theatre immediately and repay all monies awarded.


Meet Our Alumni

Click on a button below and discover some previous Mayflower Higher Education Bursary recipients:

Adam Woodhouse    George Shrapnell


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