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)

The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership comprises Newcastle, Queen’s University Belfast, Durham, and fourteen strategic partners including The Sage Gateshead. Fifty doctoral studentships are awarded each year across the consortium; they cover full fees plus £14,057 living costs and support for other costs associated with the studentship (for instance, attending conferences and training events in Durham and Belfast). Expert supervision is offered for a wide range of subjects within ICMuS; but, where applicable, students can be supervised by specialists in more than one participating institution.

If you are a UK or an EU student and wish to seek funding for entry in 2016 and beyond, you are advised to contact Dr Magnus Williamson ( as soon as possible to discuss your application. Details about the application process for 2016 entry are now available on the Northern Bridge web site. If you have any questions about the application process please contact Jane Hagger.

The deadline for Northern Bridge applications is 17:00 on Monday 11 January 2016. (N.B.: while we accept applications to the doctoral programme after this date, you would not be eligible for AHRC funding.)

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Newcastle University Postgraduate Studentship in Early Music (PG)

The International Centre for Music Studies invites applications from students taking a postgraduate research degree in Music (MMus, MLitt or MPhil) in the year 2016-17. Newcastle has major research strengths in music from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century, particularly in source studies, music editing, the history of the book, counterpoint, performance practice and, more broadly, social contexts.

Newcastle also hosts the AHRC-funded project, Tudor Partbooks: the Manuscript Legacies of John Sadler, John Baldwin and their Antecedents (2014-17): see This project provides numerous opportunities for participation in a collaborative research programme, and a focus for postgraduate early music studies at Newcastle. If you’d like to discuss the Studentship or the Tudor Partbooks project, please contact Dr Magnus Williamson (

• The studentship will be awarded on academic merit to candidates with a proven interest in early music research; preference will be given to candidates intending to proceed to doctoral studies at Newcastle University.

• The studentship will pay full-time fees at the Home/EU rate, plus a contribution towards living costs of up to £4,000.

• Applicants must, by 17:00 on Friday 11 June 2016, hold a Firm offer for MMus, MLitt or MPhil commencing in September 2016. In exceptional cases the Studentship can be held by a doctoral student in their first year of study only.

• To apply: submit an application through the university’s postgraduate applications portal; state your wish to be considered for the Studentship in your research proposal. You might be invited 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 17:00 on Friday 11 June 2016.

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 17:00 on Friday 11 June 2016.

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 available 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 2016.
• 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 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 Dr Magnus Williamson ( 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.

Remuneration: £3,000 per annum, reviewed annually. Applications deadline: 31 July 2015 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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