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Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship

Supporting students with exceptional musical, dramatic or sporting talent outside their field of academic study.

The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship supports new undergraduate students with outstanding potential in drama, music, or sport.

Awards are made on a competitive basis, with some minimum criteria. They are not means-tested.

Up to 20 awards of up to £3,000 are made each year. The scholarship is awarded for three years of study, as long as you meet the criteria for renewal. Students on undergraduate courses lasting longer than three years are welcome to apply, but the funding will only be guaranteed for the first three years.


You can apply if you are:

  • intending to start studying at the University of Bristol in the autumn of 2024
  • an International or Home (UK) student.

The scheme is designed to attract students with exceptional abilities outside their normal field of study. Therefore, a Music student would not be eligible for a music Vice Chancellor's Scholarship, and Liberal Arts students who follow the Film or Theatre subject pathways would not be eligible for a drama Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship.

Read the full eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Apply using the online application form for the scholarship you wish to apply for. There are three separate application forms for Drama, Music, and Sport (which includes the application for the University's Performance Squad).

You will need to provide a reference to support your application before you apply. Your referee must submit your reference via the online reference submission form. Read the guidance for referees to find out more.


Applications for 2024/25 entrants opened on Monday 11 December 2023 and closed at 12 midday Monday 4 March 2024. Late applications and applications without a supporting reference are not accepted.

Assessment process

Scholarship applications are considered by the Music, Drama or Sport department, and the Pro Vice-Chancellors.

The Money Advice and Funding team aim to notify all applicants of the outcome of their application by Wednesday 8 May 2024.

Further details

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For questions about the application form for the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship: email

Department of Theatre: Jan Wozniak, email

Department of Music: Professor John Pickard, email

Sport, Exercise and Health: Matt Paine, email

Receiving a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship was a massive honour and it gave me access to a whole range of services which allowed me to maintain an intensive training regime while continuing my studies.

Georgie Twigg, Olympic gold medallist
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