25 November 2019

The Department of Music open applications for scholarships worth £10,000

A generous bequest by an alumna of the University of Sheffield has provided the opportunity for several undergraduate and postgraduate music students to be awarded a scholarship of up to £10,000.

Sheffield Alumni

The Department of Music at the University of Sheffield is delighted to announce the establishment of the Mary Lill Scholarships for students entering in academic year 2020-21.  These scholarships are funded through the generous bequest of Mary Lill, an alumna of the university (1953-1957) who retained a life-long love of music. Miss Lill was particularly fond of classical music throughout her life and was very proud to have attended The University of Sheffield. Miss Lill understood the needs of some individuals requiring financial help in order to pursue their educational needs and subsequent future careers.

The scholarships are intended to support aspiring music students who meet widening participation criteria, including those who come from low-participation backgrounds. Through these scholarships, the Department aims to further enhance not only the diversity of our own student body, but also the next generation of music performers, educators, scholars, and music industry professionals.  

The University will award up to three undergraduate scholarships, administered through the Experience Sheffield Scholarship scheme.  Students accepted on to both the BMus (single honours) and BA (dual honours) and making the University of Sheffield their first-choice preference are eligible to apply.  Each successful applicant will receive £3,600, paid in two instalments of £600 per level of study, for up to 3 years. 

Undergraduate applications are processed through the Sheffield Experience Scholarships. For the full list of scholarships available, please view:

Fees and Funding for undergraduate students

Up to two postgraduate scholarships will also be awarded, including at least one to an eligible UK Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidate. Each successful applicant will receive £10,000 in the academic year 2020-21; they can then choose to put the scholarship amount towards fees or living expenses. In order to be eligible, a student must meet the criteria stated in the link above, and must be accepted on to one of the Department of Music’s postgraduate taught programmes:

  • MA in Composition
  • MA in Musicology
  • MA in Music Management
  • MA in Music Performance Studies
  • MA in Psychology of Music
  • MA in Traditional and World Music (Distance Learning)
  • MA in Music Psychology in Education, Performance and Wellbeing (Distance Learning).   

[* please note, Distance Learning Programmes recruit on a two year cycle – check the course webpage for more information] 

These scholarships will be administered through the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships system.For more information on the postgraduate scholarships and how to apply, see:

Fees and Funding for postgraduate students

If you are interested in donating to the Department of Music - Please find information about giving at https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/giving/legacies

The Department of Music is part of a world leading arts and humanities faculty (Times Higher Education 2020) and has been ranked top 6 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014). There are 7 masters level courses available and 2 undergraduate programmes. For more information on the taught programmes in Music at the University of Sheffield, please see The Department of Music webpages

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