Harry Clough Bursary (Music) 2024 Entry

Type of award


Managing department

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures


Tuition fees (Home)

Specified use

Contribution towards tuition fees for a PhD programme in Music.

Tenable period

3 years full-time or 6 years part-time.

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available


Funding provider

This award is internal.

Department of Music in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Level(s) of study

This funding is available to students undertaking the following types of study:

  • Postgraduate research

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available to students undertaking study in:

  • Music

Academic requirements

  • Bachelor's (Honours) degree at 2:1 or above (or overseas equivalent); and
  • Master's degree in a relevant subject - with an overall average of 65% or above, a minimum mark of 65% in your dissertation and no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent)

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to students from:

  • United Kingdom

Other eligibility criteria

This award can be held alongside other awards.

The bursary is open to new PhD students only.

Application procedure

You must submit your online application for a place on your chosen Postgraduate Research programme by 12 January 2024. This is to ensure you hold an offer of a place by the time the school committee make their selection.

Section 9 of the application asks for your funding intentions. In this section, you should detail fully all the competitions in which you would like to be considered. There is no limit to the number of competitions you may enter, but all must be detailed in your online application form to ensure you are included. Please add a funding source, and populate the fields as below:

  • Type of Funding: Uni of Manchester Scheme
  • Awarding Body (free text): Harry Clough Bursary
  • Status of Funding: Intend to Apply

Please note that there is no separate funding application form for the Harry Clough Bursary. All decisions are based on the online programme application and supporting documents.

Application form

Additional documentation

Your full online application must include:

  • A 1,500 word PhD research proposal
  • Copies of the academic transcript and certificate from both your Bachelor's and Master's degrees. If your Master's degree is pending, please provide an interim transcript
  • An up to date academic CV, detailing your education and qualifications; employment history; publications; and any other relevant information
  • You must nominate two academic referees (including one from your most recent institution). Your referees will be contacted directly via the Referee Portal following submission of your application form.
  • If you are not from a majority English speaking country, you must additionally provide English Language evidence (e.g IELTS).
  • After you submit your application, we may request a compositional portfolio.

Selection criteria

  • Academic merit and preparedness for research
  • Quality and feasibility of research proposal
  • Consideration of ethical responsibility

Selection body

Music Studentship Committee.

Closing date

12 Jan 2024

Your complete online application for your preferred PhD programme must be submitted by 12 January 2024.

Please note that this is a strict deadline and late or incomplete applications will not be included in the competition.

Decision date

We expect to communicate the outcome to applicants by May 2024.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications, as outcomes are determined by independent panels.

Deferral information

Offers of funding are not deferrable. If you cannot start your programme by the date mentioned in your studentship offer letter, the award will be withdrawn. You are permitted to re-apply in future.

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