Postgraduate bursaries

Up to five Vaughan Williams Bursaries, of £4,000 each, are awarded annually. Bursaries are given to talented students who have been accepted on their first taught Masters’ courses in composition at British universities or conservatoires and who anticipate a career as a professional composer.

British or Irish composers, or those who have been resident in the UK for a minimum of three years, may apply. Priority is given to composers under the age of 30 though, in exceptional circumstances, composers under the age of 35 may be considered.

Applicants are asked to complete an online registration form; submit three original scores; at least one recording of a live performance; a short personal statement and two references – full details are in the guidelines.

  • Unfortunately, we are NOT able to support the following:

Courses in TV/film composition
Courses teaching only electro-acoustic composition
Performance courses or courses where composition is not the sole focus
Research courses centred on musicology or analysis
Courses outside the UK


Applications for courses starting in autumn 2023 will open on 1 December 2022.

From 1 December you will be able to register your application by completing an online form.

Once you have registered you will receive email instructions detailing how to upload your scores and references.

Applications must be completed by the given deadline. Your application will not be considered unless all your supporting information is received.