Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries

Applying for a scholarship

Fitzwilliam College awards up to 14 scholarships for music. All students, from any subject, undergraduate and graduate, are eligible to apply.  Application forms will be emailed out at the start of each Michaelmas term and applications should be returned to the Director of Music (music@fitz.cam.ac.uk) by October 20th, 

Interviews for the Conducting and Musical Leadership Scholarship and Organ Trainee will be held shortly thereafter. The Instrumental Scholarships (Piano, Répétiteur, Saxophone, Open) public competition will be held in early November. 

 


Music award holders all become members of the Fitzwilliam College Music Society Committee, which meets twice termly, and contribute to the musical life of the College. The exact nature of this contribution will depend on the strengths and interests of the individual and is agreed with the Director of Music. A student may only hold one scholarship in each academic year, including University Instrumental Awards. However, students may apply for multiple scholarships and may re-apply yearly for the same scholarship.

Prospective applicants for any of the awards are encouraged to contact the Director of Music for further information.


Awards for Chapel music

Fitzwilliam College Chapel Choir is led by up to two Organ Scholars and the Choral Scholars. Vacancies for Choral Scholars vary by voice part and by year, and interested students may join the Choir as Volunteers if there is no scholarship available. Volunteers receive similar benefits and privileges as Choral Scholars.

Organ Scholar

Fitzwilliam College regularly elects up to two Organ Scholars (a Junior and a Senior). The Organ Scholars receive £450 financial award, £300 towards organ lessons, plus a range of dining and other privileges throughout the year. These awards are usually awarded through the Intercollegiate scheme and are open to both undergraduate and graduate students.  Applications may also be made direct to the College Director of Music

Organ trainee

An award for an interested keyboard instrumentalist to pursue organ lessons at College expense, with a view to being awarded an Organ Scholarship in a subsequent year. Preference will be given to students in the first year of their studies (graduate or undergraduate level). Benefits include Organ lessons, mentoring from the Director of Music and the Senior Organ Scholar. Award will be held for 1 year.  

Application deadline:  October 20th.

Choral Scholars

£100 financial award, free singing lessons, plus a range of dining and other privileges throughout the year. These awards are usually awarded through the Intercollegiate scheme and are open to both undergraduate and graduate students.  Applications may also be made direct to the College Director of Music,   


Conducting and Musical Leadership Scholarship

The Conducting & Musical Leadership Scholarship is a new award, open to any student of Fitzwilliam College. The award is intended to support the development of technical skills and practical experience of conducting, musical leadership and direction, and the award- holder will be expected to take up opportunities to conduct within the College. Choral conducting (particularly of the Chapel Choir) will be part of the contribution made by the award- holder.

The award-holder will receive £450 per annum Regular conducting lessons with the Director of Music, or appropriate other mentoring as needed. The Scholarship will be awarded by the Director of Music on the basis of application and interview/conducting tutorial. Candidates will be assessed on potential, contribution (including future plans) to College music and musical ability. Prior conducting experience is not required. The scholarship may be awarded for up to three years/remaining duration of degree. 

Application deadline:  October 20th.


Instrumental awards

The following scholarships for instrumentalists will be awarded based on application, a short public performance and contribution (including future plans) to College music. Scholarships are held for 1 year.

Avshalom Hertzwolf Saxophone Scholarship

£150 award to support a saxophonist in any genre. Scholars may contribute to musical life by playing in groups (such as Fitz Swing) or for University musical shows. No specific requirement for a solo recital in College.

Audition: Two contrasting pieces totaling 7 minutes. May include ensemble pieces, jazz improvisation, or solo works.

Application deadline:  October 20th.

Kenneth Smith and Ronald Smith Alkan Piano Scholarship

£120 award to support performing and directing opportunities for a talented keyboard player. The Scholar would normally be expected to be available to perform at College events. Audition: Two contrasting pieces totaling 7 minutes.

Application deadline:  October 20th.

Padley Répétiteur Scholarship

£120 award to support a student interested in developing accompanying skills and experience. The holder would normally be involved with projects such as the Chamber Opera. Audition: Two contrasting pieces totaling 7 minutes, at least one of which to be an accompanied song. Interested students can contact the Director of Music for help arranging accompanied piece.

Application deadline:  October 20th.

Yehudi Menuhin Scholarship

One Scholarship per year of £150 to an outstanding string player (violin, viola, cello or double bass), normally by competitive audition during the Michaelmas term.  The Scholar will contribute to the musical life of the college and university through solo and ensemble performance and undertake such reasonable duties as the Director of Music shall determine.

Application deadline:  October 20th

Open Instrumental Scholarship

A new award of £100 to support a player of any instrument in any genre. Musical contribution will depend on interests of the award-holder and will be agreed with the Director of Music. Audition: Two contrasting pieces totaling 7 minutes.

Application deadline:  October 20th.


Milner Walton Fund

Support for collective musical, theatrical and artistic activities among Fitzwilliam students is generously provided through the long-established Milner Walton Fund, administered by the Fitzwilliam Society Trust. The Fund awards grants of up to £1000, and in the past these have supported activities such as musicals, music ensembles, and overseas tours by the Chapel Choir. 

Fitzwilliam College also offers financial assistance to support both individual and collective music-making among its students. All students of the College are entitled to a grant of £200 p.a. towards instrumental or vocal lessons, while those students reading Music are entitled to a grant of up to £500 p.a., or up to £700 for those students taking the specialised performance option in the final year of their Tripos.


Contact

For information about how to apply for the Milner Walton Fund or for support towards instrumental and vocal lessons, please contact the Senior Tutor's Assistant, Mrs Claire Claydon  or tel 01223 332004) or the Director of Music, Katharine Parton.