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Durham University


The Graham and Joanna Barker Scholarship for Music

The University gratefully acknowledges the Graham and Joanna Barker Scholarship for Music. The Barker Scholarship for Music supports an undergraduate student who exhibits excellence and leadership in music. The scholarship recipient may or may not choose to formally read Music, although he or she will be expected to actively participate in the musical life of the University, representing Durham in local, regional, national and/or international performances. The Barker Scholarship can be held for duration of the recipients undergraduate studies at Durham and is open to applicants commencing their degree in October 2021.

Level of Study


Mode of study

Full time

Year of Entry

Applicants for entry in 2021/22


All undergraduate programmes

£3,000 per year


The duration of your undergraduate programme (typically three years)

Number of awards available


Further Information

Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate an exceptional level of excellence in Music; for example participation in musical events at a national or international level. Applicants will also be required to play an active part in Durham University's musical communities

  • Stage 1: submit an academic application to Durham University via UCAS
  • Stage 2: submit:
    • an online scholarship application including a personal statement describing why you feel you should be awarded the Graham and Joanna Barker Scholarship for Music

    • Provide 2 different pieces of music of approximately 3 minutes in length to be accessed via you tube links
    • a reference of no more than 1,000 words from a suitable adult e.g. a teacher at your school, the conductor of an ensemble in which you play, the director of a production in which you have been involved; explaining why you are suitable to be awarded the Graham and Joanna Barker Scholarship for Music sent directly from the referee to Please ensure your referee submits the reference on letter headed paper which contains their name, position, contact details and your full name.

Applications accepted from 18th December 2020

Application deadline: 28th February 2021

When candidates will hear the outcome of their application: 30th April 2021

Your application will be considered by the Vice- Chancellor's Scholarship panel which includes senior academic members of the University with expertise in Sport, Music and Arts. Guidance may also be sought from colleagues with musical experience.

For further information or advice:

Online enquiry


Phone: +44 (0)191 334 6143

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