Dr John Birch Music Scholarships (2024)

The University of Sussex is delighted to honour its much-loved former music lecturer and organist, Dr John Birch (1929-2012), with these four named scholarships. The aim of these scholarships is to support talented musicians to continue to develop and perform while studying at Sussex. This scholarship is open to all current undergraduate and postgraduate students at Sussex, whether or not they are studying Music.

What you get

£800 cash award. In addition, scholars will receive access to the music practice rooms in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities (MAH). All applicants who reach the audition stage, regardless of the success of their application, will be offered the opportunity to be part of a list of performers who are willing to perform at events around campus or are interested in collaboration with other musicians.

Type of award

Cash award and use of music facilities

Funding type

Donor funded


To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an applicant or current student at the University of Sussex (open to applicants for 2024 entry)

You must also be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in your chosen instrument. Holding a Grade 8 (or equivalent) qualification is desirable, but not mandatory.

Number of scholarships available



13 October 2024 23:59

How to apply

Applications open in June 2024

Contact us

Maja Prausnitz Hendrickson, Donor Relations at M.P.Hendrickson@sussex.ac.uk 

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Auditions normally take place in October; shortlisted candidates will be contacted with information about this.


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

Application deadline:
13 October 2024 23:59 (GMT)


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