There are many scholarships available for musicians across the University. Some are administered pre-arrival, some by individual colleges, some for performers, organists, or societies, and some for personal development.

Please use the contact form for any further information or more details on how to apply.

Prospective Students

Vice Chancellor Scholarships

Remit:  Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate an exceptional level of excellence in music; for example, participation in musical events at a national or international level. Applicants will also be required to play an active part in Durham University’s musical and performing communities.
Amount: £2000 per year
Application dates: Applications open from October to January during the UCAS application season.
Application:

Stage 1: submit an academic application to Durham University via UCAS
Stage 2: submit an online scholarship application form including the following:

  • Personal Statement of no more than 1,000 words explaining why you should be awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for Music
  • A reference of no more than 1,000 words from a suitable adult, for example a teacher at your school, the conductor of an ensemble in which you play, the director of a production in which you have been involved, explaining why you are suitable to be awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for music, sent directly from the referee to scholarships.advice@durham.ac.uk. Please ensure that your referee submits the reference on letter headed paper which contains their name, position, contact details and your full name.

For more information and to apply go here.

Cathedral Scholarships

Remit: Choral Scholarships are offered by the Chapter of Durham Cathedral to male students who obtain admission to one of the Colleges of the University. As a Scholar, you will be required to play an active part in the musical life of Durham Cathedral
Amount: Worth a minimum of £1,584 in the first year, £1,888 in the second year and £2,203 for third and subsequent years.
Application dates: Tenor Choral Scholarship vacancy with immediate effect – October 2016
Cathedral Organ Scholarship vacancy – October 2017. The closing date for applications is Saturday 1 October 2016. Auditions will be held during the Michaelmas Term 2016 for a vacancy in September 2017
Application:For application forms please email j.r.lawrence@durham.ac.uk
For organ scholarships candidates will be required to play two prepared pieces, one of them by J S Bach; and to perform keyboard-skills tests broadly at ARCO level – sight-reading, score-reading, transposition and improvisation.

Current Students

 

Remit: Support for extracurricular activity. Provides support to individual students and groups of students who wish to undertake ventures in any of the branches of the arts, for example theatrical and musical productions, tours, concerts, etc.
Amount: In the region of £350, project dependent.

Application dates:

  • Michaelmas Term: 30th November 2016
  • Epiphany Term: 12th February 2017
  • Easter Term: 13th May 2017

Application: Fill in the individual or group form here

 

 

Remit: Individual support of diploma or higher-level music tuition, for example a masterclass or music school residential.

Amount: £300-£400 per grant.

Application dates:

  • Michaelmas Term: 5th November 2016
  • Epiphany Term: 12th February 2017

Application: Applications should be emailed to j.r.lawrence@durham.ac.uk and should include a reference from a suitable tutor and a cover letter detailing the project and reasons for support.

Remit: Support towards Music Durham ensemble events, such as concerts or masterclasses.

Amount: Up to £350 per grant.

Application dates:

  • Michaelmas term: Friday 21st October 2016
  • Epiphany term: Friday 27th January 2017
  • Easter ter,: Friday 28th April 2017

Application: Application forms should be completed and emailed to j.r.lawrence@durham.ac.uk by 1pm on the deadline day

Chapel Choir Scholarships

St Chad's

There are a total of 12 Choral Scholarships and 2 Organ Scholarships available each year; however, some of these will be awarded to existing students. Scholarships available for new students will be advertised. Scholars are selected by application and formal audition. These scholarships are funded through gifts from St Chad’s alumni and friends.

  • Organ Scholarships: Two awarded annually after trials conducted by the Director of Music and the Organist of Durham Cathedral. The Organ Scholar receives a number of private lessons with one of the Cathedral Organists as well as a stipend (£1000)

  • Choral Scholarships: up to twelve scholarships are awarded annually after trials conducted by the Director of Music and the Organist of Durham Cathedral. The Choral Scholars receive a scholarship which they can use towards private singing lessons (£1000)

    Further information can be found here, including details of how to apply. Please contact the College Chaplain, Dr Ashley Wilson (ashley.wilson@durham.ac.uk)

St Cuthbert's

All scholarships are awarded annually after an audition process in Michaelmas term.

  • Director of Music: £250 per year

  • Assistant Director of Music: £200 per year

  • Soprano Scholar: £100 per year

  • Alto Scholar: £100 per year

  • Tenor Scholar: £100 per year

  • Bass Scholar: £100 per year

Grey

All scholarships are awarded annually after an audition process in Michaelmas term.

  • Soprano Scholar: £150 per year

  • Alto Scholar: £150 per year

  • Tenor Scholar: £150 per year

  • Bass Scholar: £150 per year

Hatfield

All scholarships are awarded annually after an audition process in Michaelmas term.

  • Soprano Scholar: £200 per year (two positions available)
  • Alto Scholar: £200 per year (two positions available)
  • Tenor Scholar: £200 per year (two positions available)
  • Bass Scholar: £200 per year (two positions available)
  • Director of Music: £400 per year
  • Organ Scholarships: £200 per year (two positions available)
  • Matthew Fantom Organ Scholarship: Up to the value of £480, awarded to fund organ lessons. Preference will be given to applicants who are at the relatively early stages of learning to play the organ and who would not be ready to apply for the College Organ Scholarship

For further information, including details of how to apply, please contact Jonny Allsopp: jonathan.allsopp@durham.ac.uk

St Hild and St Bede

All scholarships are awarded annually after an audition process in Michaelmas term.

N.B. these can only be awarded to members of the College of St Hild and St Bede.

  • Director of Music: £1000 per year
  • Assistant Director of Music: £300 per year
  • Senior Organ Scholarships:  £500 per year
  • Junior Organ Scholarship: £300 per year
  • Soprano Scholar: £125 per year (two positions available)
  • Alto Scholar: £125 per year (two positions available)
  • Tenor Scholar: £125 per year (two positions available)
  • Bass Scholar: £125 per year (two positions available)
St John's

All scholarships are awarded annually after an audition process in Michaelmas term.

  • The Wallis Organ Scholarship: £400 (including £150 for organ lessons).
  • The Junior Organ Scholarship: £300
  • Soprano Scholar: £300 per year (four positions available)
  • Alto Scholar: £300 per year (four positions available)
  • Tenor Scholar: £300 per year (four positions available)
  • Bass Scholar: £300 per year (four positions available)

    For further information, including details of how to apply, please contact the Director of Chapel Music, Dr Alasdair Jamieson (a.d.jamieson@durham.ac.uk).

St Mary's

All scholarships are awarded annually after an audition process in Michaelmas te

  • Director of Music: £500 per year
  • Assistant Director of Music: £300 per year
  • Soprano Scholar: £150 per year
  • Alto Scholar: £150 per year
  • Tenor Scholar: £150 per year
  • Bass Scholar: £150 per year
University College

All scholarships are awarded annually after an audition process in Michaelmas term.

  • Soprano Scholar: £150 per year (two positions available)
  • Alto Scholar: £150 per year (two positions available)
  • Tenor Scholar: £150 per year (two positions available)
  • Bass Scholar: £150 per year (two positions available)
  • Director of Music: £300 per year
  • Organ Scholarships: £200 per year (two positions available)
  • For further information, including details of how to apply, please contact the College Chaplain, Dr Hannah Cleugh (hannah.cleugh@durham.ac.uk).

Music Department Awards

Remit: The aim of the award is to enable the student to extend those music activities which will support academic work in the Music Honours programme

Amount: £300

Awarded to: First-year female student who is studying Honours Music

 

Remit: Proficiency in Music to a student in the School of Music

Amount: £100

Awarded to: All years

 

 

Remit: Outstanding candidate in the Final Honours Examination in Music

Amount: £50

Awarded:  On the recommendations of the Board of Examiners in Music

Remit: Exceptional results for Undergraduate music student

Amount: £150

Awarded: On the results of preliminary honours

Remit: Exceptional instrumental performance

Amount: £1000 over three years

Awarded: To a first-year student by auditioned application