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Eleonora Duse Scholarship – LA Campus


Los Angeles Campus

Eleonora Duse was an inspiration to Lee Strasberg and an early case study in the development of Stanislavsky’s “System” and The Method. As a result, this scholarship represents the artistic relationship between these theatrical magnates and the Institute’s role in developing future generations of vibrant international actors.

The Eleonora Duse Scholarship is annually awarded to one passionate student dedicated to lifelong artistic development and actor training. The winning candidate is selected based on the applicant’s artistic achievements, community leadership, and interest in Lee Strasberg’s work.

The Eleonora Duse Scholarship is open to new international students only. To be considered, individuals must submit the completed application and required supplemental materials.

The Eleanora Duse Scholarship awards full-tuition for the One-Year Conservatory Program (non-degree program) in Los Angeles. One academic year of study is three consecutive terms (Fall, Winter & Spring) of full-time study. Scholarship recipients should expect to begin their studies at the start of the Fall semester commencing in September. The award will be given to a NEW Conservatory student for enrollment in Fall only. Scholarship award may be applied toward AOS Degree year 1 tuition.

Scholarship applications will only be accepted during the application window (April 1-May 15)


  • Be a high school graduate (or equivalent) by start of Fall term
  • International student (not a US citizen or permanent resident)
  • Be a Los Angeles applicant for the Fall term
  • Have completed high school or the equivalent with a 2.5 GPA (75/100) or higher


Please note only complete applications submitted during the application window will be accepted:

  • One completed scholarship application
  • Copy of latest academic transcript (with English translation if not in English)
  • Two letters of recommendation, no more than six months old, from a professional or teacher who can speak about your work/work ethic
  • Resume
  • Headshot/Photo for Identification
  • Artistic Essay (1,000-1,250 words) addressing the following questions:
    • How did you hear about this scholarship? 
    • Why do you want to study at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute? 
    • Discuss your short-term and long-term artistic goals.
    • How will receiving this scholarship impact your professional and artistic life?

Non-native English speakers must submit:


  • April 1st: Opening date for accepting applications
  • May 15th of the current year: Application deadline; Application will close at 5PM PST
  • JuneFinalist Interviews. Only finalists will be interviewed (via Zoom)
  • July: All finalists notified via email of their application status
  • Three consecutive terms of study (Fall, Winter & Spring):
    • Fall: September-December
    • Winter: January- March
    • Spring: April-June


  • Any incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • Complete applications must be submitted via Google form during application window.
  • Only applications submitted during the application window via the Google form will be accepted. (No submissions via email, postal mail, or any other means will be accepted.)
  • If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you will not be considered.
  • Application materials will not be returned. Photo and videos may be used for promotional purposes.
  • Housing and books/materials are not included with the scholarship.  The winning candidate will need to make their own housing arrangements.
  • The top 5-6 candidates will move to an interview round with the final 3 submitting self tape auditions.
  • If you are not selected, you are welcome to submit again during the next application window.
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