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In addition to Faculty funding and prizes listed below, your Tutor and/or Director of Studies will be able to advise you on funding and prizes available in your College and you might also be eligible for one of the University  Travel Awards which have application deadlines in Lent Term

Ord Travel Fund

Purpose of Grants

The Ord Travel Fund was established to assist students of music to travel in Europe, the Mediterranean countries of Africa and Asia or, exceptionally, elsewhere in the world in order to increase their interest in and understanding of the art and practice of music, and to improve their knowledge of languages for the same purpose.  Previous project reports can be viewed here.


Members of the University may apply for a grant provided that they have spent at least two complete terms studying for a Part of the Music Tripos and that twelve complete terms have not passed after their first term of residence. (Please note that this precludes first-year students from applying)

Application Deadline

Division of Lent Term.

Award Dates

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of awards by the end of Lent Term with payment made as soon as possible thereafter to those successful.

Application Process

  • Applicants should complete the application form and pass it to their Director of Studies for a supporting statement.
  • The completed application must then be submitted to the Faculty Manager at by your College Tutor.
  • Applicants should demonstrate that they have active connections with institutions abroad: a letter from the relevant organisation, confirming its commitment to the project, will be a particularly valuable piece of evidence.
  • As the amount available for grants is very limited, it is extremely unlikely that the Ord Travel Fund will be able to cover all of the costs associated with your trip. You are therefore strongly advised to seek financial assistance from your College as well as other available sources. Please give details of any such applications for funding that you have made, stating what the maximum/minimum contribution might be.

Additional Information for Applicants

  • Funding awarded to individuals in previous years has generally been in the region of £400-600.
  • Retrospective applications will not normally be considered
  • Priority is given to applicants seeking to broaden their musical experience beyond the immediate requirements of the Music Tripos
  • Not later than the division of term next following the term or the vacation in which the travel is completed, grant recipients will be required to produce a report on their project for the Faculty Board.


John Stewart of Rannoch Scholarships in Sacred Music

The scheme for the examination for the John Stewart of Rannoch Scholarships in Sacred Music will consist of: 

(a) a dissertation of not fewer than 5,000 words and not more than 10,000 words on a topic in Sacred Music proposed by the candidate and approved by the Faculty Board of Music;

(b) a viva voce examination on the dissertation, which may also include ear-tests, keyboard tests, and such other tests as the Examiners deem to be desirable.

If there are candidates of sufficient merit, at least two John Stewart of Rannoch Scholarships in Sacred Music, each tenable for three years, will be offered for competition to students resident in the University. The Managers may renew the tenure for a fourth year, but for no longer. The annual value of the Scholarship is £300.

The title of the dissertation must be submitted, via the Music Faculty Office, to the Chairman of the Faculty Board not later than the end of the third quarter of the Michaelmas Term (to be sent by email care of the Faculty Manager at

Candidates should include with details of the proposed subject a declaration that the work has not already been and will not in future be submitted for a University examination.

If two or more candidates show equal proficiency, preference will be given to natives of the counties of Wiltshire, Somerset and Gloucester, including the city and county of Bristol. Students who wish to claim such preference must submit a certificate of their place of birth when their names are sent to the Chair of the Faculty Board. Candidates will be informed whether or not their subjects are acceptable not later than the last day of the Full Michaelmas Term. Dissertations must be submitted, via email to the Faculty Manager marked for the attention of the Adjudicators of the Scholarship by the last day of the Full Lent Term, together with this coversheet, certifying that the submission represents the candidate's own original work. A viva voce examination may be held not later than the Division of the Easter Term.