Leadership Pulse 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.
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.
For Leadership Pulse Winter 2023 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 geographic areas:
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. To be eligible applicants must be working in one of the AHRC’s subject domains. For a list of these domains, please review 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
Applicants to the AHRC bursary should name their employer HEI in the bursary choice question.
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.
- Applicants working in the museums and heritage sector and other disciplines not eligible for Creative Scotland funding. For details visit https://www.creativescotland.com/funding/help-with-your-application/who-...
- Students in full-time education or undertaking a long-term, formal or accredited course of learning
British Library Bursary
A full course fee bursary is available for an applicant who is a British Library staff member.
Dancers' Career Development Bursary
A bursary funded by DCD is available for a dancer. 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 UK 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.
A full course fee bursary funded by Gatsby is available for applicants working in UK theatre.
Linbury Trust Bursary for dance
A full course fee 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.
Tees Valley Cultural Leaders' Bursary
A small number of full course fee bursaries are available for cultural leaders working in Redcar & Cleveland or Middlesbrough Local Authority areas. Applicants to the Tees Valley bursary should name the Local authority area in which they are working within their Bursary Choice question response.
Prioritisation will be given to those applicants who are:
- Working as a creative practitioner/ artist/ freelancer/ within a small organisation (defined as up to 10 core team members)
- Those currently underrepresented in leadership roles in the cultural sector and in the South Tees with protected characteristics: disabled people/people of colour/LBTQIA+/ womxn
- 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.