Each year, RCS disburses circa £1.3 million in scholarships to approximately one third of our incoming and continuing undergraduate and postgraduate students from the UK, the EU and internationally on the basis of merit and financial need. We have established a specific fund for incoming ‘Rest of the UK students’ on a means-tested basis as part of this total.
Any student who accepts a place at RCS will be considered for a scholarship. If you are successful at gaining a scholarship you will receive separate notification from the Finance Office. We aim to contact those successful applicants who have been awarded a scholarship as soon as possible after the decision has been made.
A scholarship award may be made to cover either part or the full cost of tuition fees, and may include an element for maintenance. RCS scholarships can vary in amount from a few hundred pounds to several thousand pounds. Scholarships are made by academic staff to individuals on the basis of their talent, potential and need. A very small number of scholarships cover full tuition fees, but most do not and you should plan on the basis that you will need to fund the majority of your studies via alternative means.
If you are successful in being awarded a scholarship and it has been donated by a specific trust or individual, there may be additional conditions. It is expected that all recipients of scholarships will write to the relevant donor at least once a year with an update on their progress. Students must also list the award in their biography and, on occasion, attend events where their donors may be present. Every scholarship student is expected to play a full and active role in the life of the institution, to act as a good role model for other students, and to be a good ambassador for the Royal Conservatoire.
The RCS Scholarship Fund is supported by the generosity of many charitable trusts, companies, businesses, individual members of the public and from bequests, therefore we ask students not to approach these bodies independently:
- Cameron Macintosh Foundation
- John Mather trust
- RCS Trust
- The Leverhulme Trust
- The Wolfson Foundation
- EMI Music Sound Foundation
- Inches Carr Trust
- Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust
You can find details of some of our scholarship funds, such as the Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship (for conductors working at postgraduate level) and the James McAvoy Drama scholarships (for drama Lifelong Learning students) using the menu to the right. As well as further information on scholarships for viola students (for US and Canadian viola students).
You can also find out about our available scholarships on The Scholarship Hub.