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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 GMT on Wednesday, 29th January 2020

Sir Jack Lyons Research Scholarship (PhD only) Home/EU fees + stipend No Yes 11.59pm 8 June 2020

The Dame Janet Baker Masters Scholarship 

(MA performers only)

£2,000 Yes No 11.59pm 8 June 2020

Ede & Ravenscroft Bridge Scholarship 

(York graduates for MA only)

**NB unfortunately and with apologies, this has now been cancelled for 2020-21 by Ede & Ravenscroft ***

£5,000 Yes No 11.59pm 8 June 2020
Dixon Scholarship (MA performers only) £5,000 Yes No

11.59pm 8 June 2020

Holmes Scholarship (Composers only) £1,500 Yes Yes 11.59pm 8 June 2020
Vinson Scholarship £2,130 Yes Yes 11.59pm 8 June 2020
Nonhebel Scholarship
£2,130 Yes Yes 11.59pm 8 June 2020
Paynter Scholarship £1,500 Yes Yes 11.59pm 8 June 2020
Scholarships for International Students Various Yes Yes 11.59pm 30 April 2020

York Minster Choral Scholarships

£5740 per annum Yes Yes N/A

St Wilfrid's Catholic Church Scholarships

£1,300 Yes Yes


York Graduate Research School Scholarships for overseas research students

Approx. £15,000 per annum + fee waiver No Yes  11.59pm 29 January 2021


Lyons Celebration Award £1,500 No Yes

11.59pm 31st August 2020

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

11.59pm 31st August 2020

Yorkshire Bach Choir Award TBC  Yes  Yes N/A


Vinson Sound Archives £2,000 11.59pm 8 June 2020
Vinson Concert Recording £700 11.59pm 8 June 2020
Department Technical £2,700

11.59pm 8 June 2020

Communications Media £700 11.59pm 8 June 2020
Young Musicians Choral £700 11.59pm 8 June 2020
Young Musicians Instrumental £700 11.59pm 8 June 2020
Wilfrid Mellers Gamelan £700 11.59pm 8 June 2020
York Concerts Box Office £2,300

11.59pm 8 June 2020

General Administration £2,000 (approx.) 11.59pm 8 June 2020
University of York Music Press Not available this year  
Jazz £1,000 11.59pm 8 June 2020
Continuo £700 11.59pm 8 June 2020
International Liaison Assistantship (China) £500 11.59pm 8 June 2020

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