General funding information for humanities students of all degree levels
A brief guide to University of Nottingham and external sources of funding, including scholarships, studentships and bursaries.
At undergraduate level fees do not have to be paid upfront and the University provides a genero us package of bursaries to support home students from lower-income families. Well over a third of our students will be eligible for our core bursaries, which offer up to £3,000 for each year of undergraduate study.
The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships to help students from lower-income backgrounds with the cost of university. These bursaries are non-repayable and open to all students of ‘home’ fee status liable for the £9,000 tuition fee and not in receipt of a bursary from outside the University.
University of Nottingham Bursaries and Scholarships
Postgraduate taught course and research students
The majority of postgraduate students in the UK fund their own studies, often from a package made up of personal savings, parental loans or contributions, bank loans and support from a trust or charity.
However, financial support and competitive scholarships and studentships are available and we encourage applicants to explore all funding opportunities at least a year in advance of the start date.
As an international student, you can take advantage of one of the UK's largest scholarship portfolios. For information on scholarships, fees and finance for international student, please visit the International Office Website.
Overseas students can also apply for a Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence (International), which pays tuition fees for a full-time research degree programme (PhD or MPhil) at Nottingham.
Choral scholarships for students of all degree levels
The three largest churches in the city of Nottingham offer choral scholarships for students of all award levels and disciplines.
Funding for masters and research students
Music postgraduate student funding is split into the following sections:
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) PhD funding for UK/EU students
The University of Nottingham is the lead institution for the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.
M3C DTP is a collaboration between the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, De Montfort, Birmingham and Birmingham City, and is awarding 410 PhD Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships for study over a five year period commencing 2014. The DTP provides UK/EU research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate, subject-specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career.
Supervision areas for University of Nottingham M3C DTP students
Applications for 2015 are now open: deadline 14 January 2015.
Supervision areas for Nottingham music M3C DTP applicants
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Funding for postgraduate students of music
The following scholarships, bursaries and prizes are available specifically for postgraduate music students.
Sir Francis Hill Postgraduate Scholarship 2014/15
One Sir Francis Hill Scholarship is available for the academic year 2014/15.
The award offers a remission of full time HEU, research postgraduate fees and maintenance grant at Research Council rates. Further information is available from the Graduate School website.
Lillian Ruff Postgraduate Scholarship 2014
Dr Lillian M Ruff is a graduate of The University of Nottingham who has generously established this scholarship in her name.
There will be one recipient in 2014/15, being awarded a scholarship equivalent to the full cost of the UK/EU fee for a part-time taught MA course in the School of Humanities at The University of Nottingham. This scholarship is open to all students within the School of Humanities, but priority is given to Music applicants.
For more details and full criteria, please see the Lillian M Ruff Scholarship application form which can be downloaded from the Student Services Financial Support web page.
PhD funded support - Radcliffe Trust Composition Bursary, September 2014 entry
The Department of Music at The University of Nottingham is pleased to announce the availability of funded support for a postgraduate student of composition, registered for a PhD in Music.
The funding support is through the generosity of a Radcliffe Trust Composition Bursary and consists of three annual payments of £6,000. The current tuition fee for postgraduate study at the University (HEU students) is £3,980 per year (subject to review).
The Bursary is open to UK applicants who must be starting full time PhD studies in September 2014. Applicants will normally have an MA in Composition with at least a Merit
Supervision of the successful candidate will be by Dr Nicholas Sackman (until his retirement in the summer of 2015). Thereafter, supervision will be by Professor Mervyn Cooke and/or the academic replacement for Dr Sackman.
The assessment requirements (abbreviated) for a PhD submission in composition are: submission of a portfolio of conventionally-notated compositions – in varying genres and for varying forces – initiated and completed during the period of study. One of the compositions should be substantial and extended in length. The portfolio must be accompanied by a written commentary illuminating the composer’s methodology, aesthetic, and communicative intentions, and his/her detailed evaluation of the portfolio when placed alongside contemporaneous works from other composers, living both in this country and abroad. For the PhD submission, the composition portfolio should amount to 60 minutes of music with a commentary of 20,000 words. Submitted compositions should be worthy of a professional standard of performance.
Please complete the Bursary application form .
Applicants should send the completed and printed Bursary application form, and a hard copy of two recent scores (with audio-CD recordings if available), to Dr Sackman (see below) by 30 May 2014. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview.
Download a Reference form. Two academic references should be submitted by email (from a work based email address [e.g.ac.uk, nhs.net or gov.uk etc]) to Nicholas Sackman by the 30 May 2014.
The successful candidate will need to apply for a place to study in the Department of Music at The University of Nottingham.
Enquiries and further particulars can be obtained from:
Dr N Sackman
Associate Professor and Reader in Composition
Department of Music
University of Nottingham
Society for Music Analysis Masters Bursaries
The Society for Music Analysis awards bursaries of £1,500 (for full-time students) or £1000 (for part-time students) per annum, for one to two years, to those commencing UK Masters degrees.
Applicants must be registered or hold the offer of a place for an MA or similar degree in music analysis or theory and analysis, or in a programme that contains a significant music-analytical emphasis. They must also be essentially self-funding and not in receipt of any substantial grant, bursary, prize, studentship or similar financial support. Where despite some such funding a genuine need can be shown, the application will be considered on equal terms with other applications.
Application deadlines fall in August each year.
(Nottingham students have been successful with these in recent years.)
Edison Fellowship Programme
The National Sound Archive's Edison Fellowship Programme is designed to encourage scholarship devoted to the history of recordings of classical music and music in performance through creating the conditions for concentrated use of the British Library's collections of discs and tapes.
Proposals will be considered which treat any aspect of the history of recording and the performance of western art music. Further details or contact: Timothy Day, The British Library Sound Archive, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.
The Trust assists with the cost of first Master's Degrees (MA) in musical composition only for British students or those of British residency.
Further details or contact: RVW Trust, 16 Ogle Street, London, W1W 6JA.
At the end of each academic year, the Department of Music makes the following awards: Bernard Slee Music Award: £250 awarded annually to an undergraduate or postgraduate student who has produced outstanding work relating to opera.
Hallward Prize for Composition: £250 awarded annually to an undergraduate or postgraduate student for outstanding achievement in composition.
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Funding for postgraduate humanities students
The following funding opportunities exist for postgraduate School of Humanities students
14 research preparation masters studentships for 2015 entry. Deadline for application 28 April 2015
Funding is available from the School of Humanities to award to students commencing a Masters degree in September 2014. Each scholarship pays UK/EU fees. Application deadline: 28 February 2014.
Providing routes in to the AHRC-funded Midlands3Cities doctoral training partnership (www.midlands3cities.ac.uk) the University of Nottingham is offering 14 Research Preparation Masters studentships to start September 2015. These awards are available to outstanding students from the UK and EU who wish to pursue a Masters degree (MA or MRes) at the University of Nottingham in any area of the Arts and Humanities and areas eligible for AHRC funding in Law and Social Sciences.Midlands3Cities Nottingham
Midlands3Cities Masters studentships are intended to prepare students for doctoral study so it is crucial that applicants make a clear case for how the Masters will lead to an intended PhD programme. Awards will cover the University of Nottingham tuition fee and provide a stipend of £8,400. They do not guarantee subsequent doctoral funding, for which a separate application must be made.
More information and how to apply
School of Humanities Masters Scholarships 2015 Entry
Funding is available from the School of Humanities to award to students commencing a Masters degree in September 2015. Each scholarship pays UK/EU fees. Application deadline: 28 April 2015.
Must be starting Masters studies in September 2015
Must have a fee status of either UK or EU
Must hold an offer of a place to study in the chosen Department
Please note that applying for scholarship funding and for a place to study are two separate processes. You must be holding an offer of a place to study in order to be eligible to apply for scholarship funding. To apply for a place to study, please use the University’s online system. You need to do this as soon as possible to ensure that you have a copy of the University’s offer prior to the funding application deadline. Please allow at least one month before the funding deadline to ensure that your application for a place to study can be considered and processed in time.
In order to apply for funding, candidates should complete the application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure that you read the Guidance for Applicants carefully.
Please note: references only need to be submitted when you apply for a place to study - you do not need to submit them again when applying for scholarship funding. For this reason please ensure that your referees are aware that what they write will also be used to assess your funding application and that they are aware of the deadlines for submission of their references.
Digital Humanities Centre (DHC): MA/MSc Scholarship – Reprographic Services
Application deadline: 31 July 2014
The Digital Humanities Centre at The University of Nottingham invites applications for one MA/MSc Scholarship to provide reprographic services in the Centre.
The Scholarship is available for postgraduate study in the Departments of Archaeology, Art History, Classics, History, Music, Philosophy, and Theology and Religious Studies. The award pays an amount equivalent to UK/EU tuition fees for one year of full-time or two years of part-time postgraduate masters study. It can be awarded as a tuition fee or a stipendary scholarship.
The start date is 1 October 2014. The hours of work are 480 over one year in respect of full–time study or 240 hours each year for two years in respect of part-time study. A flexible approach to working hours is essential to accommodate peak times.
The main duties and responsibilities of the successful candidate will be to run the DHC’s reprographic service. This will involve printing and scanning, helping with the design of print material, basic maintenance of equipment, co-ordinating work-flow managing supplies, general finance; it can also include instruction through demonstrations and tutorial workshops.
When not engaged in reprographic duties the candidate will be expected to carry out general duties such as workstation maintenance, equipment loans, providing assistance to users as required and to the DHC Manager as requested.
We are looking for someone who has excellent graphic design skills, good technical and PC skills and strong organisational skills. You will be part of a team responsible for delivering teaching and research support and therefore you should have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively within larger groups as well as with individual colleagues and students.
We expect a high level of competence using the following applications: Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat and InDesign.
Experience in any of the following applications would be beneficial: Adobe Illustrator, AutoDesk AutoCAD, Adobe Premiere/Final Cut Pro, AutoDesk MAYA, Adobe Flash, Adobe Fireworks, 3DsMax, Polyworks V11, web programmes (such as Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Muse, Wordpress), social media and Adobe Acrobat.
Please note that the successful recipient must be holding a conditional or unconditional offer to study on a Masters postgraduate course within the School of Humanities at The University of Nottingham with an entry date of 1st October 2014.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Amanda Samuels by phone 0115 951 5825 or email email@example.com
The closing date for scholarship applications is 12pm on 31 July 2014. To apply please download an application form.
Sir Francis Hill Postgraduate Scholarship 2014/15
One Sir Francis Hill Scholarship is available for the academic year 2014/15. The award offers a remission of full time HEU, research postgraduate fees and maintenance grant at Research Council rates. Further information is available from the Graduate School website.
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External sources of funding for postgraduate students
This list comprises a guide to external funding information and sources for postgraduate students.
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