Dr John Birch Music Scholarship for Nigerian Students: University of Sussex (UK) 2018 – 2019

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The University of Sussex was founded in 1960 and in 1961, received its Royal Charter. The University currently has more than 14 000 students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and over 2 000 employees.
The University has 12 schools including, the School of:
  • Engineering and Informatics
  • Business, Management and Economics
  • Law, Politics and Sociology
  • Education and Social Work
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • History, Art History and Philosophy
  • Life Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Media, Film and Music
  • English
  • Global Studies
  • Medical School
The Dr John Birch Music Scholarship was founded by the University of Sussex, in memory of the late organist and music lecturer, Dr John Birch. The scholarship aims to support talented musicians to develop their skills and perform while studying at the University.
There will be 4 scholarships awarded, to the value of £800 (approximately 300,000 Nigerian Naira) for 1 year of study – the scholarship award will be paid in 2 equal installments of £400.
Students will be assessed and ranked according to how you your intend on developing your music career whilst studying at the University of Sussex.


Undergraduate, Postgraduate (taught/ research)
Any field 


Please ensure that you meet these minimum entry criteria before applying:
  • International student/ UK or European student
  • Auditioned at the University of Sussex
  • Achieved a level of Grade 8 (or equivalent) in your chosen instrument
  • Received and accepted an offer from the University of Sussex to study towards a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course (does NOT have to be studying a Music degree) OR currently registered to study at the University 


If you are eligible and would like to apply, please download the Dr John Birch Music Scholarships Application Form (.doc)
You will be required to submit a personal statement along with your application form. Your personal statement must discuss how you intend on developing your music career whilst studying at the University of Sussex (maximum 500 words).
Completed application forms must be submitted in either of the following ways:
Email: [email protected]
Post/ Mail: Mary Connolly FRSA, Development and Alumni Relations Office, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9RH


Here are a few important dates to remember (besides the application closing date on 19 May):
  • Auditions will take place at the University of Sussex on 31 May 2018
  • Successful candidates will be informed of the outcome on 31 May 2018
  • Scholarship students will receive their first installment in October 2018 and the second installment in March 2019


19 May 2018.


For any queries, please contact:
The University of Sussex
Mary Connolly: Development Manager
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 0 1273 876 574
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