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Durham University


Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships for Sport, Music and the Arts

At Durham University we believe in creating an environment in which academic excellence can be combined with opportunities for personal development. One of the most important ways our students further their personal development is by taking part in the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer here.

Our students are amongst the most active in the country in the fields of sport, music and the arts and therefore we are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships for Sport, Music and the Arts worth £2,000 per academic year to students who plan to commence their studies at Durham in 2020/21.

Applications are particularly welcome from Ethnic Minority groups and candidates who come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression to higher education or high levels of socio economic deprivation.

Thank you for your interest in the Vice-Chancellor's Sport, Music and Arts Scholarships. Unfortunately we are currently unable to confirm the scholarships available for students commencing their studies at Durham in 2021/22. Do please keep checking the web site, for any updates, which will be provided as soon as possible.

Fees status


Level of Study


Mode of study

Full time

Year of Entry

Applicants for entry in 2020/21


All - Please note that you do not have to be applying to read Music at Durham in order to apply for a Music Scholarship.

Further Information

Scholarship offers can only be made for direct entry i.e students who are commencing their academic studies with the University in October 2019:

Deferred entry applicants i.e. students who are applying to the University for entry in 2020 would make their scholarship application by the deadline of 15 January 2020 for consideration with other scholarship applications for 2020 entry. Please note that it will not be possible to defer scholarship offers to the following academic year - 2020.

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

Low Participation Neighbourhoods

The University uses Acorn classifications 4 and 5 to identify low participation neighbourhoods. Please access Acorn to check the classification for your postcode.

£2,000 financial support


Each year of undergraduate programme (typically three years)

Number of awards available


Prospective applicants must:

  • Stage 1: submit an academic application to Durham University, by 15th January 2020, via UCAS

  • Stage 2: submit an online scholarship application form by 15th January 2020 including the following:

      1. Personal Statement of no more than 4,000 characters explaining why you should be awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Sport, Music or the Arts. This is part of the online application form.

      2. if you are applying for a Music Scholarship please provide a youtube link to 2 different pieces of music of approximately 3 minutes in length.

      3. If you are applying for an Arts Scholarship please provide a maximum 7 page A4 portfolio or you tube link to a 5 minute video demonstrating your experience. If you are providing a portfolio, please forward this electronically to
      4. A reference of no more than 1,000 words from a suitable adult e.g. a teacher at your school, a coach, 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 a Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Sport, Music or the Arts 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

10th October 2019

Application deadline

15 January 2020

When applicants will be notified of the outcome

30th March 2020

  • Your performance level, personal statement and references will be considered by a panel of senior members of the University with significant expertise in the area of Sport, Music and the Arts.
  • Sport coaches and colleagues with musical and drama experience may also be consulted.

For further information or advice:

Online enquiry


Phone: +44 (0)191 334 6395

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