Leadership Pulse Bursaries

Our Course Bursaries 

Clore Leadership offers a range of bursaries for its courses as part of our commitment to equality and diversity in cultural leadership. We are grateful for the support of a range of funders whose resources underpin both specialist bursaries and those that support our commitment to enhancing equality and diversity in cultural leadership.  

Bursary places are highly competitive – please ensure you clearly outline in your application how you meet each criteria and demonstrate a strong case for support. All bursaries cover fees only and do not cover the costs of travel to and from the venue. Our 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 would 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 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 D/deaf disabled* and neurodivergent arts and cultural leaders as they are under-represented in leadership roles in the cultural sector in the UK. 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.

  • Ethnic Diversity Bursary

We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse arts and cultural leaders as they are under-represented in leadership roles in the cultural sector in the UK. 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.

  • Funding for applicants based in Scotland

Individuals based in Scotland who are looking for funding to undertake any Clore Leadership training courses can consider making an application to Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund. Applicants will need to meet the criteria for the fund, and will be required to submit their application with enough lead time to enable Creative Scotland to make a full assessment before their course begins (which generally means at least 8 weeks in advance). Please note that the Open Project Fund is highly competitive, and funding is not guaranteed – any application will be assessed against the key criteria.

Specialist Bursaries 2020-21

For 2020-21 we also offer a number of specialist bursaries: 

  • 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+ VAT bursaries and 50%-cost + VAT bursaries will be offered.

  • Arts Council Wales 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 Wales within a cultural discipline supported by Arts Council of Wales. A small number of full-cost+ VAT bursaries and 50%-cost + VAT bursaries will be offered.

  • Art Fund Bursary

Bursaries for curators and museum professionals working in the UK, with a strong  aspiration for community engagement and development. The bursary will cover the entire course fee.

  • Creative Scotland Bursaries

Bursaries are available for arts and culture professionals based in Scotland to take part in a one off pilot for the Leadership Pulse programme. 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. One place is available and the bursary will cover the entire course fee.

  • 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.

  • Heritage Bursaries supported by Historic England

Bursaries are available for heritage sector professionals in England supported by Historic England. Historic England is particularly keen to support applications from people with Black, Asian and ethnically diverse and disabled people working in heritage, in recognition of the under-representation of these groups in the sector and especially in leadership positions. Historic England will also prioritise applications from smaller organisations in the sector that have limited access to training opportunities. One place is available for the Leadership Pulse course with the successful applicant paying £500 + VAT and two places are available for the Emerging Leaders course, with the applicant paying £100 + VAT.

  • 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+VAT bursaries and 50%-cost+VAT 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 merit and after meeting our selection criteria.
  • You should indicate which, if any, bursary you wish to apply for and why on the Courses application form. You should refer to the criteria of each bursary in making your application for support.
  • If you are unsuccessful in your application for a bursary you can still attend the course.
  • If you are disabled and have specific access requirements, we have a separate budgetary provision for making adjustments so that your needs are met. You do not need to apply for the Caring Support Fund. If you are a disabled person, don’t forget that you can apply for the Disabled Leaders’ Bursary.

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