Scholarships for Academy students are based on merit.

Entrance Scholarships (except for Gap Year and Study Abroad programmes) are awarded on the basis of merit following a live audition during our advertised audition sessions. Composers are assessed for scholarships on the basis of their second-round interview.
There is no separate application process, and entrance scholarship awards are confirmed in candidates' offer details.

The Academy also has several named, specific scholarships.

The Academy’s bursaries are awarded based on financial need.

Regent Scholarship Scheme

The Academy’s Regent Scholarship Scheme is an ambitious new scholarship programme designed to bridge the funding gap for students who need help. This Scheme is funded by a growing network of private supporters who donate specifically to scholarships and bursaries, alongside drawing from our own institutional resources.

  1. Although all UK and EU undergraduates are eligible for loans, the Academy makes a significant annual commitment to supporting top global talent for Undergraduate Study through the award of scholarships. Unlike many institutions, our award covers all four years of study.
  2. Some of our scholarships are specific to certain disciplines or study areas, such as Postgraduate Study. We acknowledge that often the most important – but also financially challenging – phase of a student’s study career can be the postgraduate years. To this end, the Academy has created a specific scholarship fund to cater for growing demand in a realm of activity where the institution has enjoyed considerable success. The scholarships are wide-ranging and extend to half-fees and full-fees awards.
  3. We also have country-specific scholarships for our International Students. They range from a significant number of different scholarships – from modest ‘top-up’ bursaries to half-fees and full-fees awards – for many countries, including all countries in East Asia such as China, Japan, Korea as well as North and South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries.

Scholarships for 2018–2019

The majority of our students receive financial help of one kind or another – so, please, do not be deterred if you think you might not qualify.

As we prepare for the next round of auditions at the Royal Academy of Music, we want to encourage those with the talent and credentials to succeed at audition to apply to the Academy with the knowledge that we will award a growing number of scholarships.

All applicants will automatically be considered for potential support and there is no need to make a separate application for an Academy scholarship.

Nearly 200 years of Scholarships

Countless alumni have been helped by scholarships and we are determined to help the next generation of musicians to follow in their footsteps.

The Academy has a rich heritage of awarding scholarships to its exceptional students in need of support. Felix Mendelssohn’s Scholarship Foundation, based at the Royal Academy of Music, allowed Arthur Sullivan to study here in the 1850s. Countless other Academy alumni have been helped in this way and continue this long tradition of generosity meeting talent in a mutually beneficial partnership.

Recent Academy Scholarship recipients include Lucy Crowe, Edward Gardner, Luke Bedford, Miloš Karadaglić, Gareth Malone, Mary Bevan, Benjamin Grosvenor, Luka Sulic, Yevgeny Sudbin and Allan Clayton, to name but a few.

‘I am well aware of the challenges facing talented young musicians. In my early career, I was fortunate to be assisted by generous donors whose support enabled me to move to London to learn from the very best teachers in the world. The Royal Academy of Music is a very special place, and I can only urge others to join me in supporting its incredibly talented and deserving students.’
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Visiting Professor of Singing and Supporter

 ‘Helping talented young artists along the way is one of life's more satisfying pursuits, especially when it comes at the most critical time in their development.  It is striking how even a modest amount can make a world of difference. The letters I receive from grateful students are heartfelt and moving. The Academy is truly part of my family.’
John Kenneth Adams, Alumnus and Scholarship Supporter

‘When I came to London to audition at the Academy I tried not to get my hopes up. I knew I would not be able to afford to move and pay fees even if I was successful. I do not come from a wealthy background. Having the opportunity to study at Masters Level was something I hoped for but did not think was possible. When I found out I was the recipient of the Scholarship, I was so overjoyed! I felt incredibly honoured that you would enable me to change my life, and give me the opportunity that I thought only other people were able to experience’.
Clare Newton (Viola)