Bursaries and Funding

We know that for some people the cost of training can be a huge barrier to getting them the skills to progress in their careers. Our bursaries are designed to provide financial assistance to dance teachers who most need it.

Teachers Bursary Scheme

Our teacher training bursary scheme benefits those wishing to become, or progress as a Society trained teacher in any genre. Over £70,000 a year is allocated to provide support where finance may be a barrier, for teaching qualifications or to take part in courses, to ensure that dance teachers can invest in their own development and progress with their teaching journey. To date, the scheme has financially supported the training of over 70 teachers from countries across the globe, including the USA, Italy, South Africa, the UAE and the UK.


Applications are now open until April 30 2021

Applications for all Teachers Bursary Scheme categories are now open.

The scheme is available under three categories:

2021 Online CPD Courses Bursary for Society Members

In place of Travel Bursary for International Members for 2021

1.1 Up to £225 for a maximum of 5 online courses
1.2 Up to £180 for a maximum of 4 online courses
1.3 Up to £150 for a maximum of 3 online courses

Initial Teacher Training Bursary

Diploma in Dance Education & Dancesport Associate

Up to £5,000 available.

Higher Teacher Training Bursary

Diploma in Dance Pedagogy

Up to £2,000 available.

To apply 

The digital application form can be completed here. Further information regarding criteria and eligibility to apply as well as the details about the application form and process can be found in the guidance notes below.

If you experience any issues accessing the digital application form, please contact bursaries@istd.org.

Teachers Bursary Scheme Application Guide

More information

Applications for all three categories open for approximately one month in the spring of each year, while applications for the 2021 Online CPD Courses Bursary open in January.

If low application numbers are received under a certain category in the spring, applications may open again in the autumn; details of which will be updated on this page.

Exact opening dates vary each year and are published on this web page.


The bursary meant that I was able to travel to the UK from South Africa to attend training and learn from the very best. Without that help, I do not believe I would have gained the confidence and knowledge to comfortably take a licentiate examination.

Bursary Awards

Funding young dancers

Our Theatre Bursary Awards celebrate exceptional talent and potential amongst young Society trained dancers.

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