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At Durham University we believe in creating an environment in which academic excellence can be combined with opportunities for personal development. One of the most important ways our students further their personal development is by taking part in the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer here.

Our students are amongst the most active in the country in the fields of SportMusic and the Arts and therefore we are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships for Sport, Music and the Arts worth £2,000 per academic year to students.

Applications are particularly welcome from Ethnic Minority groups and candidates who come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression to higher education or high levels of socio-economic deprivation.

Amount £2,000 financial support
Year of Entry Applicants for undergraduate programmes commencing in October 2023
Number of awards available Twenty-five
Level of study Undergraduate
Mode of study Full-time
Programmes All. Please note that you do not have to be applying to read Music at Durham in order to apply for a Music Scholarship
Duration Each year of undergraduate programme (typically three years)


Further Information

Scholarship offers can only be made for direct entry i.e students who are commencing their academic studies with the University in October 2023.

Deferred entry applicants ie students who are applying to the University for entry in October 2024 would make their scholarship application by the 2024 entry scholarship deadline for consideration with other scholarship applications for 2024 entry. Please note that if you are made a scholarship offer for entry in October 2023 it will not be possible to defer the scholarship offer to the following academic year - 2024.

Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate an exceptional level of excellence in Sport, Music or the Arts; for example participation in sporting or musical events at a national or international level. Applicants will also be required to play an active part in Durham University's sporting, musical and performing communities.

Low Participation Neighbourhoods

The University uses Acorn classifications 4 and 5 to identify low participation neighbourhoods. Please access Acorn to check the classification for your postcode.

Not sure if you're eligible? Contact us for advice.

How to apply

  1. Apply for a course

    Submit an academic application to Durham University via UCAS prior to the scholarship deadline of 25th January 2023.

    Apply to UCAS
  2. Complete a scholarship application

    Submit an online scholarship application by 25th January 2023 which includes the following:


    1. if you are applying for a Music Scholarship please provide a youtube link to 2 different pieces of music of approximately 3 minutes in length
    2. If you are applying for an Arts Scholarship please provide a maximum 7 page A4 portfolio to or a youtube link to a 5-minute video demonstrating your abilities - provided via the application form. 
    3. All applicants must arrange for a reference of no more than 1,000 words from a suitable adult e.g. a teacher at your school, a coach, the conductor of an ensemble in which you play, the director of a production in which you have been involved; explaining why you are suitable to be awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Sport, Music or the Arts sent directly from the referee to

    Please ensure your referee submits the reference on letter headed paper which contains their name, position, contact details and your full name.


    Application deadline

    25th January 2023

    When applicants will be notified of the outcome

    7th April 2023



  3. Selection process

    • Your performance level, personal statement and references will be considered by a panel of senior members of the University with significant expertise in the area of Sport, Music and the Arts.
    • Sports coaches and colleagues with musical and drama experience may also be consulted.


Durham University makes every effort to ensure that the information published or contained on its website is accurate. However, the University cannot guarantee the information may not subsequently be altered owing to circumstances beyond the University's reasonable control. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) changes in Government policy or change of law. Whilst any changes will be incorporated into the University's website any person wishing to clarify the details of a particular scholarship/s should contact the University at


Get in touch

If you have any questions about whether you are eligible for a scholarship or the application process, get in touch with our Scholarships and Student Funding Office:

Scholarships and Student Funding Office

Durham University

Palatine Centre

Stockton Road



Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6395