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Durham University


Durham Inspired Music - Schon Scholarship

Few Universities are so successful at providing a rich environment for both academic and music potential to allow it's student to flourish.

We believe Durham has the the most extensive and diverse musical environment of any University in the United Kingdom, with over 100 different societies , and auditioned ensembles performing at the highest national level.

Our persuit of excellence in musical performances is underpinned by our belief in its broader educational value for students, as an integral part of both their educational experience and their overall development, no matter which degree they choose to take.

To help re-inforce our commitment to providing the best possible access to this environment, Durham University is pleased to launch the introduction of three Durham Inspired Music - Schon Scholarships alongside the Durham Inspired Music - Overli Scholarships to support low income home students who are able to demonstrate exceptional potential in the field of music.

Please note applicants for the Schon Music Scholarship will also be considered for the Overli Music Scholarships.

Household Income

Applicants must have a household income below £42,875 (2019-20 rates) based on an assessment carried out by Student Finance England.

Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate an exceptional level of potential and excellence in Music performance e.g.

A high level of performance at Grade 8- level on any instrument (including voice);

If you are waiting for confirmation of your entitlement please submit your scholarship application and forward details of your assessment letter as soon as you can to

Number Available


Level of Study


Fee Status


Mode of study

Full time

Year of Entry

Applicants for entry in 2021/22


  • All undergraduate programmes, including Foundation Years if applicable

Please note the preference will be given to applicants who have applied to Hatfield College for at least two of the scholarships.

£4,000 per academic year to help support tuition fees, living costs, all other costs of study and career/leadership development opportunities


Each year of undergraduate programme (up to a maximum of four years)

Number of awards available


  • Stage 1: submit an academic application to Durham University by 28th February 2021

  • Stage 2: submit an online scholarship application form by 28th February 2021 including the following:

  1. A Personal Statement of no more than 800 words explaining why you should be awarded a Scholarship for Music, including examples of your current experience, an explanation of what difference the Scholarship would make to you and how you plan to pursue music performance at Durham;
  2. YouTube clips of your performance of two different pieces of music of approximately three minutes length;
  3. An independent reference of no more than 800 words from a suitable adult (eg a member of sixth-form staff or a coach) explaining why you are a suitable candidate to be awarded a Scholarship for Music. The reference should outline relevant indicators of exceptional musical achievement or potential. References should be sent directly from the referee to Your referee should submit the reference on letter headed paper to contain the referee’s name, position, contact details and your full name


Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 30th May 2021

  • Your performance level, personal statement and reference will be considered by a panel of University colleagues with expertise in Music and may be shared with colleagues with specific expertise at the discretion of the panel

For further information or advice:


Phone: +44 (0)191 334 6395

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