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Instrument Scholarship September 2020

Instrument Scholarship

As part of the launch of our brand new BA (Hons) Music course, we are delighted to announce our Instrument Scholarship for 2020.

At Northumbria we believe in supporting you to achieve your future goals. By bringing together our inspiring courses, innovative staff and academically gifted students, like yourself, we can tackle the challenges of the world to create a better future and #TakeOnTomorrow.

The Instrument Scholarship will provide you with the opportunity to develop your performance skills and work closely with the music teaching staff here at Northumbria.

Successful applicants of the Instrument Scholarship will receive £700 cash payment. All eligible full-time self-funded students will be considered.

If you are passionate about music, and skilled in playing an instrument at grade 7 or above, then apply now for the Instrument Scholarship.

Apply nowApplications close at 16:00 on 31 July 2020

Terms and conditions

To be eligible for the Instrument Scholarship you must:


  • Be a UK/EU/Home student
  • Have applied for a full-time undergraduate course at the Newcastle upon Tyne campus, starting in September 2020
  • Choose Northumbria as your firm choice by 04 June 2020
  • Register with Student Finance England (SFE), Student Finance Wales (SFW) or Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI) as they administer the payment of the Instrument scholarship on behalf of the University. Scottish students must make an application to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for maintenance funding, which will enable SAAS to pay the student’s academic scholarship on behalf of the University.
  • Alternatively, a Scottish student who does not wish to apply to SAAS for maintenance funding will need to provide bank details to the University in order for an individual payment for the academic scholarship can be made. Scottish students who have not applied to SAAS for maintenance funding, but who are identified for a scholarship will be contacted by the University in the first semester about the payment of their scholarship. Payment will be made direct to your bank account.


Eligible courses

  •  Most full-time undergraduate courses, studied at the Newcastle upon Tyne campus and Coach Lane campus
  • Courses which are funded by the NHS are not eligible


Important Information

Applicants should also note:

  • Successful students are required to play a musical instrument, typically to grade 7 standard or above
  • Successful students are required to commit to four hours a week in rehearsal time, as well as committing to participating in performances which will normally be during University term time
  • Rehearsal commitment and performances are mandatory and progress will be monitored; should attendance and/or progress be unsatisfactory, the scholarship will be rescinded
  • Successful students can withdraw from the Instrument Scholarship at any time, however any unpaid monies would not be paid
  • Successful students must enrol by 02 October 2020 to receive the scholarship
  • The Instrument Scholarship is a cash payment
  • Payments will be made as 25% in November, 25% in February, and 50% in May
  • Payment is made in each year of Undergraduate study, dependent on progression to the next year and adhering to scholarship terms and conditions
  • If you defer your place and/or leave your course before the full scholarship amount is paid, the remaining monies will not be paid; however the University will not usually seek to claim back any of the cash prize already paid
  • If you have outstanding debt with the University (for example, unpaid tuition fees or accommodation), the scholarship payment will be withheld until the debt is cleared
  • Northumbria University reserves the right to withdraw this scheme at any point
  • The University’s decision is final and cannot be challenged; there is no right of appeal

Selection Process

  • There is a competitive selection process for this scholarship scheme. Applicants need to apply via online written application; shortlisted applicants will then need to attend submit a short instrumental audition via video
  • Applicants are required, in no more than 1500 characters, to describe their musical experience to date and how they would contribute to instrumental music-making on campus
  • Successful applicants will be informed following enrolment in October 2020

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