Queen Mary Music Scholarships

About the award

Level: Masters, PhD, Undergraduate
Course: Any full-time course
Country: All
Value: £350
No. of awards: Variable
Deadline: 9th October 2020

More information

QMUL Music Scholarships were a strand of scholarships established in 2014.  The scholarship will contribute to the cost of instrumental or vocal tuition for successful scholars, for up to a maximum of three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

Am I eligible?
Applications are open to all undergraduate, postgraduate and research students who have firmly accepted an unconditional offer or are currently enrolled on a programme at Queen Mary.  

What is being offered?
Awards of up to £350 are being made to help meet the cost of instrumental or vocal tuition during the academic year. Successful candidates will either be assigned tutors by the Director of Music or can choose tutors in consultation with the Director of Music. Music Scholars will have free access to the Music Rooms at all available times and have priority booking. Music Scholars will be listed as such in all relevant printed programmes.  

What conditions are attached to the Music Scholarship?
Whilst receiving this scholarship, recipients are expected to make a major contribution to the musical life of Queen Mary. Scholarships will generally be awarded to students whose musical interests and talents can support Queen Mary’s commitment to music making within public engagement.

At the end of the academic year, each Music Scholars’ instrumental or vocal tutor will be asked to provide a short report demonstrating the scholar’s commitment and progress. Upon satisfactory receipt of the report, and subject to academic progression, scholarships will be extended for another year.

Music Scholars must successfully progress to the next academic year of their course, repeat years cannot be included in Music Scholarship provision. Should a Music Scholar withdraw from their course; no further payments will be made.

In accepting a Music Scholarship, you agree to make available to Queen Mary a short profile of yourself and allow this to be used (with permission) in marketing and publicity by Queen Mary. You will be encouraged to be in promotional photographs for marketing use, if appropriate, though this will be optional.

If you require more information regarding Queen Mary University of London's music provisions then please contact the Director of Music, Paul Edlin on 

During the academic year 2020-2021 the application process will be in two stages as follows: 


Stage 1: 

Applicants should submit a completed scholarship application form and a short film and/or audio recording of a recently made performance of one or two pieces of music, of a minimum duration of 5 minutes and up to a maximum duration of 10 minutes.  (In the case of composers, they should submit a sample portfolio of their work or a recording of samples of their music.)  The film/audio recording can be made using a mobile phone or other similar device, or it can be a recording of a recent concert performance made within the last two years where the applicant is a soloist, has a solo role or is a significant member of a small group where their individual contribution can be easily assessed.  While a non-professional recording is expected, it must make the musical performance audibly clear and be a faithful representation of the musical performance.  Recordings that don’t make the performance clear will be rejected.  If an applicant does not have access to any form of recording device, they should contact the Director of Music by email to agree other potential solutions.  All styles and genres of music are valued, and applications across a range of styles is always welcomed.  

  • Log in to your MySis portal and go to the Scholarships and Bursaries page (click + if not visible)
  • Click on ‘Apply for Scholarship or Bursary’
  • Select ‘Music Scholarship’ from the funding type dropdown and complete the online application screens
  • Make sure you click the ‘Submit’ button on the final screen

After you have completed your online application, please send your audio or video recording to 

Please ensure that your application form and recording (or, for composers, a sample portfolio) are submitted by the closing date of 9th October 2020 

Stage 2: 

The submissions will be assessed by the Director of Music together with an additional assessor.  Those selected to proceed to the next stage will be invited to have a short online interview with the Director of Music and an additional assessor at a mutually agreed time during the week of Monday 12 to Friday 16 October.  It is noted that candidates may resident be in other countries in different time zones.  The Director of Music will do his best to make himself available to meet the student at sensible times within the student’s current country of residence.  The interviews will be recorded for reference, but will remain strictly confidential to both the Director of Music and the Bursaries & Scholarships Office.  If for any justifiable reason the applicant cannot attend an online interview, an alternative set of questions will be given to the candidate to answer in writing by Friday 16 October. 


Candidates will be notified of results on or before Tuesday 20 October 2020.