Funding and Scholarships at ICMuS

Poster for first perfomance of Leos Janacek's opera Jenufa (1904)The International Centre for Music Studies has a range of scholarships, studentships and prizes available to undergraduate and postgraduate students. On this page, you will find information about the following funding opportunities:



Northern Bridge (AHRC) studentship awards (PG)

Newcastle University and ICMuS at Newcastle University have been exceptionally successful in the recent past in gaining Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding for our Postgraduate students, as part of the first Block Grant Partnership Scheme, BGP1. That scheme has now come to an end.

We are very pleased to announce that we have been successful in our application to the AHRC under the second phase of the Block Grant Partnership, BGP2, for funding of future PhD students across the Arts and Humanities and are now part of the Northern Bridge Consortium, along with Durham University and Queen's University Belfast.

If you are a UK or an EU student and wish to seek funding for entry in 2015 and beyond, you are advised to contact Dr Ian Biddle as soon as possible to discuss your application. Please note the funding available via the Northern Bridge is for PhD students.

Details about the application process for 2015 entry are now available on the Northern Bridge web site . If you have any questions about the application process please contact Jane Hagger.

Please note that we will accept applications to our courses after the AHRC application deadline but you would not be eligible for AHRC funding.

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Sager Family Foundation - The Graduate Scholarship for Working Musicians (PG)

Provided by: Sager Family Foundation

In 2006, Newcastle University awarded Newcastle-born singer-songwriter, Sting, an honorary doctorate. In honour of this award, the Sager Family Foundation established The Graduate Scholarship for Working Musicians.

The Scholarship is offered through competitive application, to students accepting a place on the MMus Music programme commencing in September 2014. The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate (students assessed as International for fees purposes will be required to fund the remainder of their tuition fees from other sources). The scholarship may additionally provide some financial assistance for living costs.

Applications are open to candidates of any nationality (UK, EU and international students). Applicants will be considered according to evidence of technical and creative flair, academic ability (which might be reflected by a good honours undergraduate degree, but could also be evidenced by work-related or professional experience), energy and commitment to further study, and financial circumstances. To apply for this scholarship download and complete the application form (Word, 30KB) and return it to Mrs Jane Hagger, School Learning and Teaching Officer, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University, Media and Cultural Studies Office, 2nd Floor, Armstrong Building, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 7RU or by email to

Deadline for applications is by 5 pm on Friday 12 June 2015.

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Newcastle University Postgraduate Studentship in Early Music (PG)

This studentship may be available for 2015 entry; further details will be made available as soon as possible.

The International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS) seeks applications from students taking a Master’s degree in Music (MMus, MLitt, MPhil) in the year 2014-15. ICMuS has major research strengths in music from the fifteenth century to the eighteenth, particularly in source studies, history of the book, performance practice, music editing and, more broadly, social contexts. ICMuS is delighted to host the AHRC-funded project, Tudor Partbooks: the Manuscript Legacies of John Sadler, John Baldwin and their Antecedents (2014-17: see

• In order to be eligible, applicants should have an interest and proven academic record in a topic of early music, and should intend to undertake their principal research topic in a related area of study (e.g., an 80-credit Major Dissertation or Major Project for MMus candidates).

• Applicants must, by 10 July, hold a Firm offer for MMus, MPhil or MLitt commencing in September 2014. Deferred entry will not be possible.

• The studentship will pay full-time fees at the Home/EU rate.

• The studentship will also pay a contribution towards subsistence of up to £4,000.

• The studentship will be awarded on academic merit, and preference will be given to applicants who are committed to take their studies further, to doctoral level, at ICMuS.

• Applicants should be available for interview, in person or by Skype.

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Whittaker Studentships (PG)

The Whittaker Studentship is normally a one-year fees-only full-time award for a student accepting a place on a postgraduate music degree. The award covers the cost of fees at home/EU levels and can be held for a maximum of three years.

To apply for the Whittaker Studentship please complete the application form (Word, 26KB)and return it to us by 5 pm on FRIDAY 12 JUNE 2015.

Please note this scholarship may not be available every year.

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David Barlow Scholarships (PG)

The Barlow Scholarships are normally a one-year fees-only full-time award for a student accepting a place on a postgraduate music degree. The award covers the cost of fees at home/EU levels.

To apply for the David Barlow Scholarship please complete the application form (Word, 30KB)and return it to us by 5 pm on FRIDAY 12 JUNE 2015.

Please note this scholarship may not be available every year.

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The Elsie Jeffery Memorial Bursary (MMus and MLitt only)

Please note this scholarship is not available every year. It is not available for 2015 entry but is expected to be offered for 2016 entry.

This bursary has been provided by Newcastle alumnus, Mr. Jack Jeffery CBE in memory of his mother, Mrs Elsie Jeffery. Mrs Jeffery was a pupil at Tanfield School, Stanley, County Durham during the First World War but family circumstances meant that she had to leave at the age of fourteen to start work. Passionate about the importance of education, even in her nineties Mrs Jeffery was still sad that she had to leave school early. Mr. Jeffery hopes that this bursary will do something to encourage prospective students to take up the challenge of postgraduate education and keep alive the memory of his mother.

The Elsie Jeffery Memorial Bursary is available to graduates of Newcastle University who are accepted on the MMus or the MLitt in Music degree programme. The award is £1,000 for one master’s degree student.

In order to be eligible for this Bursary you must:
• have accepted an offer of a full-time place on the MMus or the MLitt in Music at Newcastle University, starting in September 2014
• be prepared to demonstrate that, without this bursary the cost of studying at university might discourage you from continuing your academic career. Please include undergraduate student loan evidence to support your application

• In line with the spirit of the bequest, preference will be given to applicants who hail from the Northeast of England.

Successful recipients will be expected to meet with the donor and may be asked to provide comments and/or photographs for future publicity.

Please note that you should intiate an application only after you have accepted an offer of a full-time place on the MMus or the MLitt Music at Newcastle University.

• Bursaries will be awarded primarily on the basis of financial need

Undergraduate Organ and Choral Scholarships

Organ and Choral Scholarships are open to all student members of the university, whatever their degree course.St Mary's Newcastle Kenneth Tickell 2012The organ scholarship can be held singly or in conjunction with scholarships at St Nicholas Cathedral (CofE) or at St John’s Grainger Street and other places of worship in the city; the magnificent new organ built by Kenneth Tickell for St Mary's Cathedral (RC), seen on the right, offers another opportunity for teaching and recitals. Please contact Professor Agustín Fernández for further information.

Choral scholarships worth from £2000 p.a. plus free singing lessons are offered for both men and women at St Nicholas Cathedral. Please contact Mr Michael Stoddart by email or on 0191 232 1939 or visit this website.

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Postgraduate Choral Studentship (in conjunction with Newcastle Cathedral)

The Cathedral Church of St Nicholas in alliance with The International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS),Newcastle University.

Postgraduate Choral Studentships are offered to graduates who obtain admission to a postgraduate programme in Music (MMus, MPhil, MLitt or PhD). Reviewable on an annual basis where applicable, PG Choral Studentships entail a commitment to the worship of the cathedral, expressed through high levels of professionalism and musical proficiency. PG Choral Studentships can be held in association with awards from ICMuS, so as to facilitate postgraduate study; ICMuS offers a range of postgraduate programmes, focussing upon creative practice and research, that can be combined with a PG Choral Studentship.

We welcome applications also from capable organists: ‘Postgraduate Choral Studentship’ may also be read as ‘Postgraduate Organ Studentship’.

Remuneration: £3,000 per annum, reviewed annually. Applications deadline: 31 July 2014 latest, but you are advised to apply as early as possible during your final year of UG study. Please click here to download full details (Word, 98KB).

Other Opportunities

There are other funding opportunities available to both UK and non-UK citizens. In the first instance, try using the university's funding pages to help you:

Other undergraduate information and funding opportunities:

  • you should also check out the DirectGov pages on finance by clicking here (for students from England)


  • try here is you are from Northern Ireland
  • try here if you are from Scotland
  • try here if you are from Wales
  • try here if you are from an EU county other than the UK
  • Ii you are not an EU or UK citizen, click here to find out about Newcastle University's scholarships for undergraduates

Other postgraduate information and funding opportunities:

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