Scholarships and Prizes

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Scholarships

Through the generosity of our donors and benefactors, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is able to award more than 100 equity and 70 merit scholarships in 2018 worth in excess of $1,300,000. Both domestic and international applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships assessed on audition/portfolio results and academic achievement.

In addition, the Conservatorium offers grants for supplementary study overseas, student-touring opportunities, and postgraduate research support. Certain eligibility criteria may apply to these grants, and they are typically awarded following an application process. These grants are usually only available to students in second year or higher.

Equity Scholarships

Equity scholarships are for students who can demonstrate academic merit and financial disadvantage. Candidates willneed to provide either a Centrelink Income Statement or other certified documentation demonstrating disadvantage.

Please click here for more information on how to apply for the 2018 Equity Scholarships.

Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship

The Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship will enable an exceptional musician who is dedicated to the propagation of Australian music to undertake a self-directed program of professional development. This biennial Fellowship is offered by the NSW Government in partnership with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, and representatives of the Peter Sculthorpe Trust. The next round will be in 2019.

Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship Program

In 2015 the Conservatorium offered the first in an enhanced performance development opportunity to a string quartet of exceptional potential (Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship Program). The purpose of this program is to enhance opportunities for the technical and artistic development of a string quartet for one year in the area of chamber music studies.

  • The inaugural Westheimer Fellowship was awarded to the Hillel String Quartet in 2015.
  • In 2016, the Fellowship was awarded to the Geist String Quartet.
  • In 2017, the Fellowship was awarded to the Pietra Quartet.

Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize

As part of the initiative to support female composers in their career aspirations, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, part of the University of Sydney, offers a new composition prize. The prize is sponsored by Sue and Richard Willgoss who support creative Australian art music composition. The prize is named after Sue. Applicants for the Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize must identify as a woman and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

University of Sydney Scholarships

If you want to be considered for other scholarships offered by the University of Sydney, you will need to apply separately. The University of Sydney offers over 800 different scholarship schemes. These schemes range from offering a single student a scholarship for one year only to the University of Sydney Access Scholarship, which has hundreds of recipients receiving the scholarship for the length of their degree.

To find out more about the range of scholarship schemes offered by the University of Sydney, please contact the Scholarships Office:

Important Information for Part-Time Students

If you study part time, please bear in mind that your scholarship may be subjected to income tax. The University of Sydney does not withhold any tax from your scholarship payment, so there may be tax implications when preparing your tax return. For more information, please refer to the Australian Taxation Office Web site.