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Dramatherapy Training

We understand cost is often difficult for potential trainees. It may be worth considering the following options to help fund your masters degree:

  1. Post Graduate Student Loan: https://www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study
  2. Part-time job: many students self-finance through part time jobs. Speak to the course leaders about the work schedule and ask how other students have managed this.
  3. Search for grants or funding: https://www.grantsonline.org.uk/search/grants?f=1
  4. Crowd Funding: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding

Research Grants and Awards

HEE-NIHR Integrated Clinical and Practitioner Academic Programme: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/academy-programmes/hee-nihr-integrated-clinical-and-practitioner-academic-programme.htm

Wellcome Grant Funding: https://wellcome.org/grant-funding

NIHR Public Involvement Fund: https://www.rds-london.nihr.ac.uk/patient-public-involvement/public-involvement-fund/

BADth Trust Funds

Find below details of dramatherapy trust funds that are available.  Application documents for each are available to download.  Please note that all applications must be signed, but can be sent as email attachments to franfleming@badth.org.uk.

The Peter Slade Fund

Peter Slade was a pioneer of dramatherapy writing in the 1950’s about the relevance of child drama and about dramatherapy as an aid in becoming a person. His thoughts and ideas formed the basis for early exploration into the importance of drama as therapy and have been developed by dramatherapists in the years since. We are grateful to his early writing and generosity to BADth.

The purpose of the Peter Slade Fund is to support dramatherapy trainees, and newly qualified dramatherapists who are setting up and developing dramatherapy within the United Kingdom.

Applicants can apply for awards of up to £300.

The application deadlines are April 10th, July 10th, November 10th, February 10th.

The Gordon Wiseman Fund

The Gordon Wiseman Fund was set up to honour the memory of one of dramatherapy’s founders. Gordon Wiseman was, until his death in 2002, an active force in the development of dramatherapy. His pioneering dramatherapy practice was rooted firmly in theatre practice and was a forerunner to BADth. During the early years of the Association he was Vice Chair and then Chair. He returned to the Executive Committee in the years before his death and was an active force in seeking to forge links between Trade Unions and BADth.

The purpose of this fund is to enable Full Members of BADth with at least two years of post qualifying experience to promote or develop dramatherapy, particularly in the areas of specialist dramatherapy training and research.

Applicants can apply for awards of up to £500.

The application deadline is January 10th.

The Peter Slade Fund

The Anne Bannister Award was created in 2008 to honour the substantial contributions that Anne Bannister has made to the field of dramatherapy with children and young people.

The purpose of the fund is to develop and continue work and research in the field of dramatherapy with children and young people, focussed on specific areas of need such as abuse, social inclusion, depression, special needs and children who have been fostered and/or adopted.

Applicants can apply for awards of up to £1,000.

The application deadline is May 10th.

The Bruce Howard Bayley Fund

This award is named for Bruce Howard Bayley, former Chair of BADth (2010-2013). Bruce has a particular interest in the development of multicultural dramatherapy practice and dramatherapy work within marginalized populations.

The purpose of this award is to encourage and support the expansion and development of dramatherapy practice in non-traditional areas, venues, issues, client populations, settings and models of practice. Applications must be related to developing dramatherapy practice within the UK.

Applicants can apply for awards of up to £500.

The application deadline is June 10th.