Dr John Birch Music Scholarship (2017)

The University of Sussex is delighted to honour its much loved former music lecturer and organist Dr John Birch (1929-2012), with these named scholarships to support talented musicians (choral, organ and other instrumentalists) to continue to develop and perform while studying at Sussex. These are open to all full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether or not they are studying for a Music degree.

The scholarships will each be paid in two instalments of £400 in October 2017 and March 2018.

Type of award



Four scholarships of £800 cash award. Each scholarship is for 1 year.


In order to be considered for a Dr John Birch Music Scholarship you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be Grade 8 or equivalent in a chosen instrument
  • Undertake an audition at Sussex
  • The applicant must have accepted an offer to study at the University of Sussex, or already be a registered student at the University.


19 May 2017 23:59 (GMT)

How to apply

Candidates should submit a personal statement (max. 500 words) alongside the attached application form. Applications will be ranked and assessed based on how applicants propose to develop their musical career whilst at Sussex.

When completed, return your form to the following email address:


Or by post to:

Mary Connolly FRSA

Development and Alumni Relations Office

Sussex House

University of Sussex



Contact us

Please email: M.Connolly@sussex.ac.uk for more information.


19 May 2017 - Deadline for all applications to be received (23:59 BST)

31 May 2017 - Auditions to be held at Sussex

31 May 2017 - Successful applicants to be notified

October 2017/March 2018 - Scholar receives award payment instalments.


At level(s):
UG, PG (taught), PG (research)

Application deadline:
19 May 2017 23:59 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired