Scholarships and other funding opportunities

Further details on all scholarships and bursaries are available from the music office in person, or on +44 (0)117 331 4044 or from

For all students

These are open to any full-time students at the University of Bristol, not just Music students:

For Music students

These are open to current students studying a single or joint honours in Music:

Organ and choral scholarships

The University offers organ scholarships at St Mary Redcliffe ChurchBristol Cathedral and St Paul's Church, Clifton.

There are also choral scholarships available at St Mary Redcliffe Church and Bristol Cathedral.

These are open to all full-time undergraduate and postgraduate applicants and current students, whether or not you are studying for a Music degree. 

The scholarships available are:

Candidates for the Scholarships should apply for University entrance through the normal UCAS channels. In addition, they should apply for Organ Scholarships by 31 January for commencement of duties the following October and for Choral Scholarships once their place is confirmed. 

Alumni Foundation music bursaries

These bursaries are available to non-Music Department musicians to help with the cost of instrumental or singing lessons.

One of the criteria for being awarded a bursary is contribution to University music-making so they can only be held from the second year onwards. Selection is made initially on the basis of application forms and those shortlisted will then audit1ion for the bursaries. 


8 June 2018. 


Apply for an Alumni Foundation scholarship.

JH Britton Fund for Music

The purpose of the Fund is to help with expenses incurred by Music students of the University in pursuit of musical studies in an area for which a grant is not otherwise available to them. It is primarily intended to support such projects as attendance at music summer schools or master classes. Preference will be given to applications for awards to be used within the period of registration at the University up to the end of the summer vacation following graduation.

An award will not normally be given more than once to the same person, but in the case of research students it may be renewed if the report on their work is good. Those interested are advised to discuss their proposals with the Director of Teaching before submitting them.

How to apply

Applications should be made to the Head of Subject (Music) in writing, giving full costings and details of the way in which the money would be used. It is a condition of an award that the holder should subsequently write to the Head of Subject giving an account of the use to which the money was put.


Current Music undergraduates and postgraduates.


The last date for submissions to the Britton Fund is 31 May 2018.

Ladyman Bequest

This bequest is to enable students in the Department of Music to have a grant to attend a chamber music course, normally in a vacation. 

This is an excellent opportunity for all performers and you are strongly urged to take advantage of it.

How to apply

If you are involved in an ensemble and would like to attend such a course, please get in touch with the Head of Subject (Music).


Current Music undergraduates and postgraduates.


The last date for submissions is 31 May 2018.

Raymond Warren Prize in Composition

This was endowed on the retirement of Professor Warren in July 1994 in recognition of his unique contribution to the teaching of composition at the University of Bristol and his own distinguished work as a composer. The prize will be awarded to a final year student or a postgraduate on the basis of outstanding achievement or potential in musical composition.

How to apply

Potential candidates should discuss the matter with their composition tutors before submitting an application form to the Head of Subject (Music). This should contain a record of their achievements in the field of composition, together with a proposal for the use of the prize money. Normally the prize will be awarded for use in the next academic year in such a way as to enrich the development of experience of the prizewinner(s) and, through that, the study of composition in the Department of Music.


Current Music final year undergraduates and postgraduates.


The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2018. Application forms and copies of the regulations are available from the Music Office.

Thomas Beecham Scholarship

This is awarded at the end of the first year of study and renewed (subject to satisfactory progress) for a further two years - the last payment being made after graduation. The award (value £250 per annum) is made to an outstanding orchestral player on the basis of the Year 1 examination and is primarily intended to support a programme of lessons in the following academic year. Exceptionally, the scholarship may be awarded to other instrumentalists.

Contact the Deputy Head of Subject (Music) for more information.

Napier Miles Book Prize

This is awarded for outstanding work in the second year.

Contact the Deputy Head of Subject (Music) for more information.

Accompaniment, dissertation, composition and performance prizes

The department may award prizes for the best final year dissertation, the best final year recital, the best composition portfolio and the best work in accompaniment each year on the basis of the examiners' recommendations.

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