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1 Fulbright/John Wood LAMDA Award in Classical Acting

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

One award is offered to pursue a one-year Masters in Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

The Fulbright John Wood LAMDA Award covers the one-year classical acting master’s degree offered by the institution.

John Wood CBE (1930-2011) was considered one of the greatest stage actors of the last century. His distinguished career included many performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company and at the National Theatre.

He won a Tony Award for his role in the Broadway production of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties and numerous other distinctions, including an Olivier Award nomination for the role of AE Houseman in Stoppard’s Invention of Love.

LAMDA is the oldest drama school in the UK. Founded in 1861 as the London Academy of Music, it was the first such institution to offer acting tuition – defining LAMDA’s ongoing role as a pioneer in its field. 

Challenging and intense, the MA in Classical Acting is for international actors who wish to develop their craft through an in-depth exploration of the classics. For those eligible to work in the USA, it culminates in industry showcases in Los Angeles and New York.

Applicants must submit their university applications as early as possible, ideally before December 15, 2019, in order to arrange for auditions. Successful semi-finalists will be required to audition for LAMDA in the US in January-February 2020.

Grant amount

• Full tuition waiver for the first year of study

• £15,200 living stipend

The living stipend is intended as a contribution towards general maintenance costs towards the first year in the UK.

Grant Period

10 Months

Academic programs may last 9 – 12 months, depending on the length of the academic year.

All grantees to the UK attend a 3-day orientation program on arrival in September, a 4-day Fulbright Forum in January, and a farewell event, the Fulbright ‘End-cap’ weekend in June/July.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

The Commission is seeking applicants who demonstrate:

  • Rigor in scholarly enquiry and academic or professional excellence;
  • Strong reasons for wishing to pursue the proposed project in the UK and at a particular institution;
  • A desire to gain a better understanding of the peoples and cultures of their host country;
  • Commitment to the community through volunteer and extra-curricular activities;
  • Flexibility and dynamism necessary for active involvement in the host country.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: No

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Applicants are responsible for arranging their own affiliation and must apply for admission according to the relevant university’s admissions procedures. Applicants are not expected to have a letter of admission/affiliation at time of application, but awards are made conditional upon acceptance by the chosen institution before arrival.

Applicants will complete two applications, the Fulbright application and the university’s application (according to the university’s admissions procedures). Applicants must submit their university applications as early as possible, ideally before December 15, 2019, in order to arrange for auditions. Successful semi-finalists will be required to audition for LAMDA in January-February 2020. The Fulbright Program does not cover the application fee for the university.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Grantees awarded a Fulbright UK Partnership award will pay no tuition fees.


The following applicants are ineligible for consideration: applicants who are currently resident in or who have extensive previous experience in the UK, applicants whose proposals are to complete any part of a medical degree, including internships or residencies, or applicants who hold a Ph.D. at the time the grant is to begin.

Special Application Instructions

In your Fulbright online application, for Award Name, please select the specific award you are applying for from the drop down menu.

 Applicants must select Arts as the Grant Category and submit supplemental arts materials.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website