Postgraduate scholarships, awards and bursaries

Masters fee discount for York graduates

If you've completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

UK Government loan scheme for MA degrees

If you're starting a Masters degree from September 2016 you may be entitled to a government-backed loan of up to £10,000.

The Music Department offers a number of scholarships, awards and work opportunities for postgraduate students. However, applicants are advised to investigate as wide a range of funding sources as possible, and are encouraged to pursue external funding sources before and during their postgraduate studies.

Please note that you must have been offered a place on one of our postgraduate courses to be eligible to apply for any of the awards listed.

For more information about postgraduate funding, contact Catherine Duncan.

Our funding – at a glance


WRoCAH AHRC Scholarship
Full home/EU fees + stipend No Yes 5pm 23 January 2019
WRoCAH-funded PhD opportunity(Music making a difference: exploring inclusion and impact in community music networks) Full home/EU fees + stipend No Yes 5pm 17 December 2018
Sir Jack Lyons Research Scholarship Home/EU fees + stipend No Yes midnight 4 May 2018
The Dame Janet Baker Masters Scholarship £2,000 Yes No 11.59pm 1June 2018
Ede & Ravenscroft Bridge Scholarship £5,000 Yes No midnight 30 April 2018
Dixon Scholarship £1,500 Yes No

11.59pm 1 June 2018

Holmes Scholarship £1,500 Yes Yes 11.59pm 1 June 2018
Vinson Scholarship £2,000 Yes Yes 11.59pm 1 June 2018
Nonhebel Scholarship
50% of Home/EU fees (e.g. £1,660) Yes Yes 11.59pm 1 June 2018
Paynter Scholarship £1,500 Yes Yes 11.59pm  1 June 2018
Scholarships for International Students Various Yes Yes 30 April 2018

York Minster Choral Scholarships

 £5740 per anum  Yes Yes  N/A


Lyons Celebration Award £1,500 No Yes

11.59pm 31st August 2018

Terry Holmes Composer & Performer Award £1,500 (each)  Yes Yes

11.59pm 31st August 2018

Yorkshire Bach Choir Award TBC  Yes  Yes N/A
St Wilfrid's Catholic Church Scholarships £1,300 Yes Yes N/A
The John Pilling Choral Scholarships £500 Yes Yes N/A


Vinson Sound Archives £2,000 11.59pm 1st June 2018
Vinson Concert Recording £700 11.59pm 1st June 2018
Department Technical £2,700 11.59pm 1st June 2018
Communications Media £700 11.59pm 1st June 2018
Young Musicians Choral £700 11.59pm 1st June 2018
Young Musicians Instrumental £700 11.59pm 1st June 2018
Wilfrid Mellers Gamelan £700 11.59pm 1st June 2018
York Concerts Box Office £2,300 11.59pm 1st June 2018
General Administration £1,500 (approx.) 11.59pm 1st June 2018
University of York Music Press £2,000 11.59pm 1st June 2018
Jazz £1,000 11.59pm 1st June 2018
Continuo £700 11.59pm 1st June 2018
International Liaison Assistantship (China) £500 11.59pm 1st June 2018

Please note: all scholarships, awards and assistantships are paid in £ sterling (GBP) and may be subject to variations in currency exchange rates.