Somerset House Exchange Bursaries

To ensure Somerset House Exchange is made up of a diverse community of creatives, we offer bursaries of 50% & 75% off membership rates to people who are underrepresented in the creative and cultural sector, or who have an impactful creative idea that needs a little support to get to the next level. Please note, to apply to this bursary you must work in the arts or the creative industries.

    Bursary recipients will receive these discounted rates for a twelve-month period, with the potential to receive support for a second year. Our bursary places are specifically looking to redress balance in terms of gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic background. Although bursary places can only be awarded to those aged 18 or over, there is no maximum age limit. 

    Applications will be open on a rolling basis. There are 5 available placements per month and the maximum number of placements per company/organisation is 2.

    The following membership packages are available for a bursary:

    • EXCHANGE 50 HOURS
    • EXCHANGE 100 HOURS
    • EXCHANGE UNLIMITED

    Applications made by midday of the 28th, or before, of each month, will then be reviewed and receive a decision within 3 weeks. Applications made after this will be reviewed with applications made in the following month. Each application will be scored by members from the Somerset House team. Following the scoring stage, a shortlist will be made. Those on this shortlist will be invited to an interview to provide us with a further insight into how the Exchange bursary will benefit their creative endeavours. 

    If you work in the arts or the creative industries, you can apply for an Exchange bursary here:

    If you have any questions regarding the bursary placements or want to find out more about the Exchange, don’t hesitate to get in touch via exchange.bursaries@somersethouse.org.uk


    Somerset House Exchange is supported by the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund.