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 here 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 run alongside the UCAS dates, October 15th – January 15th

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 [email protected] Please ensure that your referee submits the reference on letter headed paper which contains their name, position, contact details and your full name.
  • Two YouTube links of you performing two different pieces approximately 3 minutes in length

For more information and to apply go here.

Durham Inspired Scholarships for Music Performance

Schon Music Scholarships and Overli Music Scholarships

Remit: The scholarship programme provides opportunities for home students from lower-income households (~£42,875 income) who demonstrate exceptional potential in the field of music.

Amount: 6 scholarships awarded per year (3 Schon and 3 Overli) each at £4000 per year

Application dates: Applications are open until 2nd March 

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 Scholarship for Music
  • 2 different pieces of music of approximately 3 minutes in length uploaded via Youtube
  • An independent reference of no more than 1,000 words from a suitable adult e.g. a teacher at your school or a music teacher, explaining why you are suitable to be awarded a Durham Inspired Scholarship for Music. The reference should outline indicators of exceptional musical achievement or potential. References should be sent directly from the referee to [email protected]. Your referee should submit the reference on letter headed paper, to contain the referee’s name, position, contact details and your full name.

Preference, where possible, will be for at least 2 of the scholars (named Schon Scholars) will be given to those students applying to Hatfield College.

More details available here.

Cathedral Scholarships

Remit: Choral Scholarships are offered by the Chapter of Durham Cathedral to 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. Please note these are not administered by Durham University and questions should be directed to the 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: Auditions are generally held in March to start the following October.
Application: More details are available on the Cathedral website.

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: 22nd November 2021
  • Epiphany Term: 31st January 2022
  • Easter Term: 2nd May 2022

    When applicants will hear the outcome by:

    • Michaelmas Term: by 7th December 2021
    • Epiphany Term: by 14th February 2022
    • Easter Term: 26th May 2022

    Application:

    Group Applications:

    1. Complete the online application form
    2. Send an EXCEL spreadsheet of your organisation accounts to [email protected]. Please ensure the name of your Organisation is shown on the spreadsheet

    Individual Applications:

    1. Complete the online application form
    2. If you would like to provide any additional information to support your application please email a Word document to [email protected]. Please ensure your name and the fund you are applying to is clearly shown on the document

    Remit: Financial support to be spent on diploma or higher-level tuition, residential courses and personal development in the realms of music performance. A broader aim attached is to foster teaching links on an individual basis with the following: The Sage, Gateshead; The Royal Northern College of Music; the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama; The Birmingham Conservatoire; The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; the London music colleges (RAM, RCM, Guildhall; Trinity).

    Amount: £300-£500 per grant, 5 awards available per year

    Eligibility: Full time undergraduate study, any programme

    Application deadline:

    • Monday 10th January at 1PM

    How to apply:

    Stage 1 | Submit:

    • An application cover letter, including a personal statement of no more than 700 words describing why you feel you should be awarded the Chris Higgins Music Bursary. This should explain how you will benefit from the bursary and your goals and aims as an individual. It should include information on how you will be ambassadors for the university, spreading its image and reputation further afield. This should be sent to l[email protected]
    • A reference of no more than 700 words from a suitable professional (e.g. a teacher, 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 the Chris Higgins Music Bursary, sent directly from the referee to [email protected]

    Stage 2 | Submit:

    • A summary document after the tuition has completed, explaining the benefits from the music bursary and any links which have been fostered on an individual basis with any musical institutions or people.

    Remit: Support towards Music Durham and College Music ensembles for exciting and innovative new projects. 

    Amount: Up to £350 per grant.

    Application dates:

    • Michaelmas term: Monday 18th October 2021
    • Epiphany term:  Monday 31st January 2022
    • Easter term: Monday 16th May 2022

    Application: Application forms or videos should be completed and emailed to [email protected] by 1pm on the deadline day – these forms and more info will be circulated to Music Durham presidents and College Music reps 2 weeks prior to the deadline. 

    Remit: Support towards small music-related purchases.

    Amount: Up to £40 per grant.

    Application: A Microsoft form will be circulated to students via newsletters. 

    Chapel Choir Scholarships

    St Chad's

    There are a total of 16 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.

    • Musical Director Scholarship: This is awarded annually after an audition and interview at St Chad’s College.  The Musical Director works closely with the College chaplain to create and develop the musical programme for the College choir as well as supporting the organ scholars.  A generous annual scholarship is on offer (currently £3000).

      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 sixteen scholarships are awarded annually after auditions conducted by the Musical Director and College Chaplain. The Choral Scholars receive some choral tuition as well as a scholarship (£500)

      Further information can be found here, including details of how to apply.

      Please contact the College Chaplain, The Revd David Rushton [email protected]

    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.

    • Director of Music (£250)
    • Assistand Director of Music (£150)
    • Soprano Scholar: £100 per year
    • Alto Scholar: £100 per year
    • Tenor Scholar: £100 per year
    • Bass Scholar: £100 per year
    Hatfield

     

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

    • Choral Scholarships: eight available, any voice part, any college, £100 per year
    • 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 Patryk Korczak (Director of Music): [email protected]

     

    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)

     

    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 ([email protected]).

    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