Scholarships and funding

These scholarships and studentships are available to students in the School of Arts and Creative Technologies.

Scholarships open and close throughout the year. Opportunities will be advertised here as they become available.

Your chosen course, level of study and other statuses may all affect your eligibility for the opportunities listed below.

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Funding opportunities open and close throughout the year. These previous scholarships will give you an idea of what may become available.

Undergraduate

John Pilling Choral Scholarships

St Helen-with St Martin offer four choral scholarships lasting 12 months available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students: soprano, altos, tenors and basses.

  • Funding: £500 per annum
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: EU, International (including EU), International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: Four

Ede & Ravenscroft Bridge Scholarship

This scholarship is available to current York undergraduates in any department looking to continue to a masters degree in the Department of Music.

  • Funding: £5,000
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students

Be Exceptional 60th Anniversary scholarships

We award many international scholarships per year, recognising achievement by applying a tuition fee discount.

  • Funding: £7,500
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Monday 12 June 2023, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: International (including EU) students

Future Voices Scholarship programme

A package of financial and industry support to welcome talented UK undergraduates from Black, Asian, Gypsy, Traveller and ethnically diverse backgrounds to our creative community. This support comprises a bursary of £1,200 per year for three years of the programme, plus targeted mentoring.

  • Funding: £3,600 (£1,200 a year over three years)
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Friday 1 September 2023, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: UK (home) students
  • Number available: One scholarship for each programme per year

York Bursary

Depending on your household residual income you could be eligible for our non-repayable York bursary.

  • Funding: Annual award over the course of your degree
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Open to: UK (home) students

Care Leavers and Estranged Students Bursary

This bursary is for students aged under 25, who come to York as care leavers or who are irreconcilably estranged from their parents.

  • Funding: Annual awards over the duration of your course
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Open to: UK (home) students

York Refugee Bursary

The Refugee Bursary is a non-repayable award for students who come to York and have a Refugee immigration status.

  • Funding: Annual award over course of degree
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Open to: UK (home) students

York Minster Choral Scholarships

York Minster offers choral and organ scholarships lasting 12 months or longer to altos, tenors and basses (The treble part is sung by choristers who are educated at the Minster School).

  • Funding: £5,740 per annum
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Wednesday 22 November 2023, 1.37pm GMT
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students

Postgraduate taught

Vinson Sound Archives Assistantship

This post entails assisting with the University of York Sound Archives.

  • Funding: £2,000
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Postgraduate 60th Anniversary scholarship

We award many international scholarships per year, recognising achievement by applying a tuition fee discount.

  • Funding: £5,000, £7,500 and £10,000
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: International (including EU) students

York Graduate Loyalty Discount

If you've previously studied at the University of York, you could be eligible for a tuition fee discount for postgraduate taught courses.

  • Funding: Ten per cent tuition fee discount
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students

John Pilling Choral Scholarships

St Helen-with St Martin offer four choral scholarships lasting 12 months available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students: soprano, altos, tenors and basses.

  • Funding: £500 per annum
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: EU, International (including EU), International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: Four

Nonhebel Scholarship

This scholarship is from an endowment initially funded by Mrs Peggy Nonhebel.

  • Funding: £2,130
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

International Liaison Assistant (China)

This post involves assisting the Postgraduate Administrator in communicating with Chinese applicants and agencies, making phone calls in Chinese, and acting as a point of contact for enquiries from prospective Chinese students.

  • Funding: £500
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

GREAT Scholarships

We're offering eight scholarships for students from China, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand and Turkey in partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign.

  • Funding: £10,000
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Monday 15 May 2023, 12pm BST
  • Open to: Students from China, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand and Turkey
  • Number available: 8

Tom and Eileen House Scholarship

Thanks to the generous support of alumnus Richard House, we can help ensure that the opportunity to study for a Masters degree is open to all.

  • Funding: £5,000 or £1,000
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Wednesday 31 May 2023, 5pm BST
  • Open to: UK (home) students
  • Number available: 4

Young Musicians Instrumental Assistantship

This assistant supports the departmental instrumental ensembles, instrumental programme and the Performance Supervisor.

  • Funding: £700
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.37pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

York Concerts Box Office Assistantship

The Box Office is open on term-time afternoons and concert evenings;  the Box Office Assistants are also required to work occasional hours during the vacations, for example to set up new events on the box office system. The Box Office Assistants will be supported the Concerts General Assistant.

  • Funding: £2,700
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.37pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 2

Technical Assistantship

This post offers an opportunity for acquiring and honing professional skills and for developing new technology initiatives for the School of Arts and Creative Technologies.

  • Funding: £2,700
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.36pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Holmes Scholarship

This award arises from a benefaction by Terry Holmes.

  • Funding: £1,500 fee waiver
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Vinson Scholarship

The Vinson Scholarship originates from a bequest made to the School of Arts and Creative Technologies.

  • Funding: £2,130 fee waiver
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Wilfrid Mellers Gamelan Assistantship

The Mellers Assistantship originates from a covenant from Music at York's founder, Professor Wilfrid Mellers. This assistant supports the directing and administering of Gamelan Sekar Petak.

  • Funding: £700
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.34pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Dame Janet Baker Masters Scholarship

This scholarship has been created thanks to the generosity of Dame Janet Baker for a UK Masters student specialising in performance. Priority is given to first study singers.

  • Funding: £2,000 fee waiver
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Young Musicians Choral Assistantship

This assistant supports the School of Arts and Creative Technologies' choral ensembles through various administrative tasks.

  • Funding: £700
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.38pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Jazz Assistantship

The recipient of this assistantship will be required to help with the running of the Jazz Orchestra including their weekly rehearsals during term time and any performances as necessary.

  • Funding: £1,000
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.18pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Continuo Assistantship

The recipient of this assistantship must provide accompaniment for Baroque Ensemble performances and other concerts as necessary.

  • Funding: £700
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.19pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

University of York Music Press (UYMP) Assistantship

UYMP publish and promote new and established composers with a range of aesthetic backgrounds. The UYMP Assistant will assist with all processes involved in music publishing.

  • Funding: £1,000
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.30pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students

General Administration Assistantship

The General Administration Assistants work one day a week on the School of Arts Creative Technology Reception Desk.

  • Funding: Casual worker rate
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.33pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students

Vinson Concert Recording Assistantship

This assistant records concerts and recitals, manages the duplication and storage of these recordings, and provides technical recording assistance to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

  • Funding: £700
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.35pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Dixon Scholarship

This award arises from a benefaction by Ken and Pat Dixon.

  • Funding: £5,000
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Friday 2 June 2023, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

York Minster Choral Scholarships

York Minster offers choral and organ scholarships lasting 12 months or longer to altos, tenors and basses (The treble part is sung by choristers who are educated at the Minster School).

  • Funding: £5,740 per annum
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Wednesday 22 November 2023, 1.37pm GMT
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students

Postgraduate research

Vinson Sound Archives Assistantship

This post entails assisting with the University of York Sound Archives.

  • Funding: £2,000
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

York Graduate Research School (YGRS) PhD Scholarships

We're pleased to offer up to six fully-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the York Graduate Research School (YGRS).

  • Funding: Tuition fees at UK (home) rate; UKRI-aligned stipend; research training support grant
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: UK (home) students
  • Number available: Up to 6 per year

China Scholarships Council joint research scholarships

We're pleased to offer up to ten joint-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the China Scholarships Council.

  • Funding: 100% of tuition fees for the full duration, which is typically three years; a grant for living costs; one return flight from China; UK visa fees
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: Students from China
  • Number available: 10

AHRC White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) Open Competition Studentships

The Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities Open Competition scholarships suit student-led PhD projects within the AHRC remit of Histories, Cultures and Heritage, Creative and Performing Arts, and Languages and Literature.

  • Funding: £17,668 per annum, plus tuition fees
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 45+

John Pilling Choral Scholarships

St Helen-with St Martin offer four choral scholarships lasting 12 months available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students: soprano, altos, tenors and basses.

  • Funding: £500 per annum
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: EU, International (including EU), International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: Four

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) WRoCAH Collaborative Doctoral Awards

A Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield

  • Funding: £17,668+ per annum, plus £550 annual enhancement, plus tuition fees
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 3 at York

Young Musicians Choral Assistantship

This assistant supports the School of Arts and Creative Technologies' choral ensembles through various administrative tasks.

  • Funding: £700
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.38pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Young Musicians Instrumental Assistantship

This assistant supports the departmental instrumental ensembles, instrumental programme and the Performance Supervisor.

  • Funding: £700
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.37pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

York Concerts Box Office Assistantship

The Box Office is open on term-time afternoons and concert evenings;  the Box Office Assistants are also required to work occasional hours during the vacations, for example to set up new events on the box office system. The Box Office Assistants will be supported the Concerts General Assistant.

  • Funding: £2,700
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.37pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 2

Technical Assistantship

This post offers an opportunity for acquiring and honing professional skills and for developing new technology initiatives for the School of Arts and Creative Technologies.

  • Funding: £2,700
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.36pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Holmes Scholarship

This award arises from a benefaction by Terry Holmes.

  • Funding: £1,500 fee waiver
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Vinson Scholarship

The Vinson Scholarship originates from a bequest made to the School of Arts and Creative Technologies.

  • Funding: £2,130 fee waiver
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

International Liaison Assistant (China)

This post involves assisting the Postgraduate Administrator in communicating with Chinese applicants and agencies, making phone calls in Chinese, and acting as a point of contact for enquiries from prospective Chinese students.

  • Funding: £500
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Nonhebel Scholarship

This scholarship is from an endowment initially funded by Mrs Peggy Nonhebel.

  • Funding: £2,130
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Jazz Assistantship

The recipient of this assistantship will be required to help with the running of the Jazz Orchestra including their weekly rehearsals during term time and any performances as necessary.

  • Funding: £1,000
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.18pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Continuo Assistantship

The recipient of this assistantship must provide accompaniment for Baroque Ensemble performances and other concerts as necessary.

  • Funding: £700
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.19pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

University of York Music Press (UYMP) Assistantship

UYMP publish and promote new and established composers with a range of aesthetic backgrounds. The UYMP Assistant will assist with all processes involved in music publishing.

  • Funding: £1,000
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.30pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students

General Administration Assistantship

The General Administration Assistants work one day a week on the School of Arts Creative Technology Reception Desk.

  • Funding: Casual worker rate
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.33pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students

Vinson Concert Recording Assistantship

This assistant records concerts and recitals, manages the duplication and storage of these recordings, and provides technical recording assistance to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

  • Funding: £700
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.35pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Wilfrid Mellers Gamelan Assistantship

The Mellers Assistantship originates from a covenant from Music at York's founder, Professor Wilfrid Mellers. This assistant supports the directing and administering of Gamelan Sekar Petak.

  • Funding: £700
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2023, 2.34pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Dixon Scholarship

This award arises from a benefaction by Ken and Pat Dixon.

  • Funding: £5,000
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Friday 2 June 2023, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Sir Jack Lyons Research Scholarship

The Sir Jack Lyons Scholarship is for a PhD student. The scholarship provides a contribution towards fees equal to the full Home rate plus a contribution towards maintenance. The scholarship is for the duration of PhD registration (three years).

  • Funding: Home fees and stipend
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Wednesday 22 November 2023, 12.37pm GMT
  • Open to: International (including EU), International (non-EU) and UK (home) students

York Minster Choral Scholarships

York Minster offers choral and organ scholarships lasting 12 months or longer to altos, tenors and basses (The treble part is sung by choristers who are educated at the Minster School).

  • Funding: £5,740 per annum
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Wednesday 22 November 2023, 1.37pm GMT
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students

Extracurricular funding

While not directly related to your studies, these opportunities can help you get the most from your time at York.

Lyons Celebration Award

The award is made to a current postgraduate student to support a performance inspired by Bernstein's 'Chichester Psalms'.

  • Funding: £1,500
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Monday 30 October 2023, 11.59pm GMT
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Terry Holmes Composer and Performer Award

This will be awarded both to a postgraduate composer and performer to collaborate in the making of a new piece for both a soloist and ensemble.

  • Funding: £3,000
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Monday 30 October 2023, 11.59pm GMT
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

St Wilfrid's Church Scholarship

St Wilfrid's Catholic Church offers choral scholarships lasting 12 months for sopranos, altos, tenors and basses to form a quartet.

  • Funding: £1,300
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 4

York Minster Scholarship

York Minster offers choral and organ scholarships lasting 12 months or longer to altos, tenors and basses who are undergraduate or postgraduate students.

  • Funding: £5,740
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students

Yorkshire Bach Choir

These awards pay for vocal lessons for any students contributing to ensembles and singing in the Yorkshire Bach Choir. It could also be to increase the lesson allowance of Music students, particularly those who are part-time and specialising in performance.

  • Funding: Variable
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students

Other funding

Related links

Funding opportunities open and close throughout the year. These previous scholarships will give you an idea of what may become available.