Named scholarships

The Academy has a range of specific scholarships. A few examples are listed below.

ABRSM Scholarships

Each year the Royal Academy of Music awards six ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) scholarships, on the basis of merit, to candidates who audition at our December session in London. There are two awards for international-fee students, two for UK home-fee students and two for EU home-fee students: one each for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

No separate application process to the ABRSM is necessary. Candidates are considered automatically by the Royal Academy of Music’s Admissions Board following the auditions, and recommendations are then made directly to the ABRSM.

The international scholarships cover full tuition fees and a generous maintenance award of £5000 for the duration of both undergraduate and postgraduate study.

The UK/EU (Home fee) scholarships cover full tuition fees for postgraduate study. Undergraduates receive £6000 (which can be put towards fees or living expenses) for the duration of the undergraduate programme of study. UK/EU students do not receive extra scholarship assistance for maintenance.

The Athena Scholarship

For talented Greek students in need who are hoping to study at the Academy. The Athena Scholarship is awarded by the Academy and provides assistance following successful audition. We have a rich tradition of Greek Scholars at the Academy who go on to great things, such as Dimitrios Gkogkas (Principal trumpet of Athens Opera). There is no separate application process.

Julian Bream Trust Scholarships

These are available to exceptionally gifted classical guitarists and lutenists, who wish to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Each Julian Bream Trust Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of musical merit and may cover the full cost of fees at the rate set by the Academy for Home/European Union students.

The selection of each nominee for a Julian Bream Trust Scholarship is carried out by the Royal Academy of Music in accordance with its normal auditioning procedures and criteria. If your audition is successful, the Academy will pass your details to the Julian Bream Trust for consideration. There is no separate scholarship application process.

Applicants may be of any nationality, but must be under 20 years old for undergraduate and under 26 years old for postgraduate programmes at the date of enrolment, in order to be eligible for a Julian Bream Trust Scholarship.

Raffy Manoukian Scholarships 

Students of Armenian nationality or descent who wish to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London may be eligible for Raffy Manoukian Scholarships, subject to suitable demonstration of financial need. These scholarships can offer substantial assistance towards tuition fees. Students from outside Europe might also receive a contribution towards living expenses.

There is no separate scholarship application process. Candidates should apply for a study place through the Academy’s normal live entrance audition process: see our Apply section for details and for application deadline dates.

If your audition is successful and you are offered a study place, you will be asked to send documentary evidence of your financial background, together with a personal statement detailing why you wish to be considered. You must be an Armenian national or be able to provide documentary evidence (normally by providing a certified copy of a passport and birth certificate) that one or both parents are Armenian nationals.

The Academy will then put your name forward to the Manoukian Foundation for consideration. However, not all successful audition candidates will be given funding, and the final decision rests solely with the Foundation.

To be eligible for consideration for a Manoukian Scholarship, you must normally be under 20 years old for undergraduate study and under 27 years old for postgraduate study. 

Regent Scholarships

The Academy’s Regent Scholarship Scheme is an ambitious new scholarship programme designed to bridge the funding gap for students who need help. See Scholarships for details.