Leadership Pulse Bursaries

Our Course Bursaries

Clore Leadership is grateful to the funders who support a range of bursaries across our courses targeting underrepresented groups, as well as those working in areas of specialism or geographic focus. All bursary places are highly competitive and you should ensure you check your eligibility for any bursary you wish to apply for before making your application.  As part of the application form you will be asked to tell us how you meet the criteria and how you can evidence a strong case for support. All bursaries cover fees only and do not cover the costs of travel to and from the course venue.

Targeted Bursary Support

These bursaries are targeted to support the needs of diverse leaders and underrepresented groups in the cultural sector. These bursaries can be applied to both Leadership Pulse and Emerging Leaders courses, unless otherwise stated. 

  • Caring Support Bursary

This fund is for candidates with caring responsibilities who incur additional costs by attending a residential programme. This includes, but is not limited to, caring for children or elderly parents.  If you are awarded a bursary, you will be required to provide proof of need. Up to £375 per residential week is available and up to five awards are can be offered per course.  

  • D/deaf and Disabled Leaders' Bursary

We actively encourage applications from applicants who identify as D/deaf disabled* and neurodivergent arts and cultural leaders. The bursary will cover the entire course fee.

*The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.  Sharing that you are disabled will not be used in any way in judging the quality of your application.

  • Ethnically Diverse Leaders' Bursary

Supporting applications from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse arts and cultural leaders. Three awards are available per course for Black, Asian and ethnically diverse applicants living and working in England. The bursary will cover the entire course fee.

Specialist Bursaries 2022

For Leadership Pulse Spring 2022 we also offer a number of specialist bursaries targeted at leaders working in specific areas of the cultural sector, or based or working in specific locations: 

  • Arts & Humanities Research Council Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Arts and Humanities academics based within a UK Higher Education Institution Research Organisation who are committed to developing as a cultural leader.  The Arts and Humanities Research Council is keen to encourage applications from Black, Asian, and ethnically diverse and/or disabled academics who are currently underrepresented in leadership positions in the sector. Up to two full course fee bursaries are offered. Applicants must be working in one of the AHRC’s subject domains.  For a list of these domains, please see the AHRC remit page.

For AHRC academic applicants relevant professional experience could be understood as: 

  • Holding  a PhD (or equivalent professional experience)
  • An outstanding track record (appropriate to career stage) of research on the cultural sector
  • Be actively engaged in participating and/or support the development of the cultural sector in the UK
  • Demonstrable professional experience (appropriate to career stage) in project management and managing people/teams in a research-intensive environment
     
  • Arts Council England Bursary

Bursaries for arts and culture professionals whose career development has been negatively impacted by Covid-19, prioritising independent artists, freelancers and those made redundant / at risk of redundancy since March 2020.  Applicants must live and work in England within a cultural discipline supported by Arts Council England. A small number of full-cost bursaries and 50%-cost bursaries will be offered.

  • Creative Scotland Bursaries

Bursaries are available for arts and culture professionals based in Scotland. Creative Scotland particularly welcomes applications from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority and disabled candidates in recognition of the current under-representation in leadership positions. Applicants must live and work in Scotland within a cultural discipline supported by Creative Scotland. A small number of course bursaries covering the entire course fee are available.

  • Dancers' Career Development Bursary

A bursary funded by DCD is available for a dancer to attend our courses. Applicants must be committed to developing their career as a cultural leader and be working in the UK. The bursary will cover the entire course fee.

  • Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Bursary

Bursaries for culture and heritage professionals whose career development have been negatively impacted by Covid-19, prioritising independent artists, freelancers and those made redundant / at risk of redundancy since March 2020. The bursary will cover the entire course fee.

  • Linbury Trust Bursary for dance

A bursary funded by The Linbury Trust is available for a former dancer to attend our courses. Applicants must be committed to developing their career as a cultural leader and be working in the UK. The bursary will cover the entire course fee.

  • Wellcome Trust Bursary

The Wellcome Trust supports places on our courses for leaders seeking to enhance public engagement with Arts and Health, Wellbeing and/or Science Research and who are committed to developing as a cultural leaders.  A small number of  full-cost bursaries and 50%-cost bursaries will be offered.

Important information on bursary applications
  • Applying for a bursary will not affect your chances of being offered a place on the course. All applicants are selected on the basis of the information and evidence provided within your application form. 
  • You should indicate in your application which, if any, bursary you wish to apply for and how you evidence the specific bursary criteria. 
  • If you are unsuccessful in your application for a bursary you are still able attend the course if you still wish
  • If you are D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent and have specific access requirements, you do not need to apply for the Caring Support Fund (unless you are applying to support the costs of caring for dependants during your residential). We would discuss your access needs with you prior to attendance at the course and have a separate budgetary provision for making adjustments so that your needs are met. You can apply for the Disabled Leaders’ Bursary to support the costs of your course place. 
     

If you have further questions about bursaries you can contact us.