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

WRoCAH-funded PhD opportunity (Music making a difference: exploring inclusion and impact in community music networks) Full home/EU fees + stipend No Yes To be advised
Sir Jack Lyons Research Scholarship Home/EU fees + stipend No Yes 11.59pm 1 June 2020
The Dame Janet Baker Masters Scholarship £2,000 Yes No 11.59pm 1 June 2020
Ede & Ravenscroft Bridge Scholarship £5,000 Yes No 11.59pm 1 Junel 2020
Dixon Scholarship £5,000 Yes No

11.59pm 2 June 2020

Holmes Scholarship £1,500 Yes Yes 11.59pm 1 June 2020
Vinson Scholarship £2,130 Yes Yes 11.59pm 1 June 2020
Nonhebel Scholarship
£2,130 Yes Yes 11.59pm 1 June 2020
Paynter Scholarship £1,500 Yes Yes 11.59pm 1 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 31 January 2020


Lyons Celebration Award £1,500 No Yes

11.59pm 31st August 2019

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

11.59pm 31st August 2019

Yorkshire Bach Choir Award TBC  Yes  Yes N/A


Vinson Sound Archives £2,000 11.59pm 1st June 2019
Vinson Concert Recording £700 11.59pm 1st June 2019
Department Technical £2,700 11.59pm 1st June 2019
Communications Media £700 11.59pm 1st June 2019
Young Musicians Choral £700 11.59pm 1st June 2019
Young Musicians Instrumental £700 11.59pm 1st June 2019
Wilfrid Mellers Gamelan £700 11.59pm 1st June 2019
York Concerts Box Office £2,300 11.59pm 1st June 2019
General Administration £2,000 (approx.) 11.59pm 1st June 2019
University of York Music Press Not available this year 11.59pm 1st June 2019
Jazz £1,000 11.59pm 1st June 2019
Continuo £700 11.59pm 1st June 2019
International Liaison Assistantship (China) £500 11.59pm 1st June 2019

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