The Countess of Munster Musical Trust

Level of study
Postgraduate taught masters
Subject area
Type of Award
Deadline for applying
Closed 01/02/2018 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

Open to instrumentalists and singers (who are looking to undertake performance based postgraduate study) as well as to composers wishing to undertake postgraduate study. Please note: the Trust no longer offers support to conductors wishing to undertake postgraduate study.

Value of Award

Dependant on musical ability.

Eligibility Criteria

The current policy of the Trust is to consider candidates (instrumentalists, singers & composers) for study awards who satisfy the following residency criteria:

  1. The applicant has either been resident in the UK for over ten years since birth or alternatively has successfully completed (by the end of the current academic year) at least three academic years of full-time study in a UK higher education institution (University / Music Conservatoire); and
  2. the applicant can prove that, based on the laws and regulations in force at the closing date for applications (10 February) and his/her personal circumstances, he/she automatically has permission to continue to reside and work in the UK following completion of higher education.

Commonwealth Candidates:  Reflecting the Trust’s long record of supporting outstanding candidates from the Commonwealth, an exception will be made to the above criteria in the case of applicants who are long-term residents of Commonwealth countries. These candidates’ applications should be for study in the UK only.

Please note: 
The Trust may ask for proof of eligibility to be provided in the form of scans of passports, letters from the Home Office or other official information. Failure to provide such information when requested will result in your application being rejected.  If you are currently studying in the UK on a Tier 4 student visa, you are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

  • Applications will be available for online submission from 1 January 2018.
  • Please contact the Secretary +44 (0)1428 685427 or if you encounter any difficulties submitting online.  
  • An Applications Help Sheet 2018 will be available shortly which will contain all the information required to submit your application form and may answer questions that arise as you complete the form online.
  • The closing date for submission of completed application forms, references & recordings is 10 February 2018.
  • You will not hear back from the Trust regarding auditions until early-mid April.
  • Provisional dates for the auditions in 2018 will be released as soon as they are available.
  • You must be prepared to audition in person in London.
  • Please inform us on your application  form if you have a disability or medical condition and require any additional help or support.  You will have the opportunity to do this in section 9 of your application form.
  • Awards are made to selected applicants after audition and interview.
  • Should you be successful you can apply for further support in subsequent years (the same application procedure applies).  However, the Trustees can only offer a maximum of two awards.
  • Failure at Audition: In order to make best use of the Trust’s funds and enable the maximum number of new applications to be considered each year, those applicants who have failed to obtain an award after audition will not normally be reconsidered in a subsequent year.
  • You may re-apply to the Trust if you have applied but not been offered an audition (i.e. if you were turned down without audition). However, if you are turned down without audition twice, you may not apply to the Trust for a third time.
  • Students who apply to the Trust too early in their training, therefore, risk jeopardising their chances of obtaining funding at a later date.
  • The Secretary of the Trust will not enter into correspondence with applicants, except to amplify or clarify their applications, and is not at liberty to give applicants any assessment of their chances of success, nor to discuss reasons for failure.
  • Applicants who enter into correspondence with individual Trustees run the risk of prejudicing their case.
  • The granting or withholding of financial assistance is entirely at the collective discretion of the Trustees and in no circumstances will reasons be given for rejection or for the selection of one applicant as against another.