The Bursary

Now in it's 3rd year, the APHP Headshot Bursary is a major annual charitable initiative run by the APHP.

The scheme donates one headshot session with an APHP-qualified photographer to students at each of 20+ major UK drama schools (taking our list from + deserving additional schools).

Each session is awarded by the school itself to a current 2nd year student (or final year, in the case of one or two year courses), on combined grounds of financial need, performance excellence and high academic achievement.

Recognising that APHP members work with hundreds of UK drama students each year, the scheme allows the APHP to contribute to the success of emerging actors across the UK at a vital stage of their training.

The APHP Chairman, Michael Wharley, comments: “Many of our members began their careers as performers, so we are all keenly aware of the pressures upon students as they begin life in the industry; the Bursary scheme gives a healthy number of them a headstart, while our workshops programme gives many more the tools and insights for lifelong headshot success.”

The Bursary Scheme in 2018:

Thirteen deserving third year students received a free headshot session with a top APHP photographer in 2018, as part of the Bursary, supporting emerging actors across the UK.

As Rhiannon Cura, ALRA, shot by member Steve Lawton, said: "One of the most relaxed headshot sessions I have ever had ! Steve really cares about what he’s doing and getting the right shot for you! Thanks APHP for my Bursary!”

Read more about the 2018 Bursary Awardees

The Bursary Scheme in 2019:

We want to reach 20+ schools in 2019, so to discuss the bursary scheme in your drama institution for 2019, or for information about the group Headshot Workshops run by the APHP for drama schools, drop a line to 

Success Stories11 of our 13 Bursary Awardees in 2018, from Drama Schools across the UK

Bursary Awarding Criteria:

Made by each school to a current 2nd year student, on the basis of:
- Financial need - although this is not a hardship bursary, we ask that students in particular need are given first consideration.
- Performance excellence - exemplary displays of acting skill during the year. 
- High academic achievement - superb performance in the written and reflective aspects of training.

As this is a charitable initiative, no fee or deposit is payable whatsoever by the student for their award session. Recognising that a photographer who gives up his or her time to donate a session to the scheme loses a paying client, we do expect each awarding student treat the session as a professional commitment: taking it at the agreed time with facilitation by the drama school in required.

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