Funding for students

There are a number of funding opportunities to help students with the costs associated with undergraduate and postgraduate study, including course fees, buying instruments and studying abroad.

Please check individual websites for details on eligibility, applications and deadlines.

Undergraduate and postgraduate costs

The Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust

For strings students up until the age of 30.

Drake Calleja Trust

The Drake Calleja Trust awards scholarships to instrumentalists, singers and accompanists of undergraduate, postgraduate and research level studying at music colleges and conservatoires in the UK.

The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation

For students who are living in the UK and studying singing full-time at college or a conservatoire.

The Muriel Taylor Scholarship Fund

A scholarship is awarded annually to a cellist between 17 and 23 for the purpose of further study.

Eric Thompson Trust Annual Award

Open to organists at the start of their career who want to embark on a major project relating to the organ.

The RPS Eric Thompson Trust Grants for Organists

Grants towards costs involved in further studies.

The Musicians' Company

The Musicians' Company offer a number of scholarships for study.

The Countess of Munster Musical Trust: postgraduate study

Open to instrumentalists, singers and composers.

The Stephen Bell Charitable Trust: postgraduate study

For string players who need help with funding their first postgraduate degree in the UK.

Vaughan Williams Bursaries: postgraduate study

For postgraduate composition students.

Studying abroad or location specific

The RPS Julius Isserlis Scholarship

For study abroad for one or two years. Open to instrumentalists between the ages of 15 and 25, who are permanently resident in the UK.

The Flentrop Scholarship

Open to full-time organ students under 25. The recipient will visit Zaandam, Holland for an introduction to organ-building and tuning, as well as lessons.

Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships Trust

Scholarships are awarded annually to Scottish students at postgraduate level. Applicants must intend to take up a course of study away from their home town.

Advanced Study Music Scholarships - Arts Council of Wales

Awards will be made to support postgraduate study for musicians from Wales or who have studied in Wales.

Coro Nuovo Bursary

To qualify, applicants must be in the age range 18 to 26 and have a connection with Sussex.

The Radford Trust Charitable Trust

Applicants must be resident in Cornwall.


Emerging Musicians' Health Scheme

If you are told you need short-term treatment that isn’t available promptly on the NHS, this scheme may be able to help with a grant towards the costs.

Instruments costs

RPS instrument purchase grant

First year students and junior students who will shortly be embarking on full-time study are given priority.

Music for All

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have access to musical instruments and lessons. Music for All's Grant Application allows them to help people of all ages fulfil their musical dreams.

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