BME Music Scholar's Fee Waiver

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There is a dramatic under-representation of Black, Asian, and minority ethnic music scholars at the academic professional level. The same is true throughout British academia. This masters-level full-tuition fee-waiver scholarship supports a student who intends to progress through postgraduate study and into an academic position. Like all our students, the successful candidate will benefit from the Department’s open, innovative, and supportive environment. They will also receive support from the Goldsmiths Careers Service, and will be offered extensive support in developing and completing an application towards fully-funded PhD study.


Full fee-waiver

Number available

1, for full-time study only.

Eligibility criteria

The fee waiver is open to Home applicants identifying as Black, Asian, or as a member of a minority ethnicity.

Application deadlines

To be eligible for this award, applicants must hold an offer (conditional or unconditional) for one of the Department of Music's masters programmes. Once an offer of a programme place has been made, candidates can apply for the scholarship.  

The deadline for application to the scholarship is 9am on 8 July 2024. 

Please note that it can take several weeks for programme applications to be processed and for places to be offered, and no late scholarship applications can be accepted. Candidates should indicate at the point of programme application that they also intend to be considered for the scholarship.

How to apply

Once an offer of a place has been made (conditional or unconditional), candidates can apply for the scholarship.

To apply for the scholarship you will need to submit:

  1. A 300-word statement describing the broad areas of musical work and research that you intend to explore at postgraduate level, including masters work, and, if applicable, subsequent MPhil/PhD level study. This statement will not itself be formally evaluated but will function as an overview of your interests and potential path into the academic profession. 
  1. A portfolio of work, the contents of which will vary according to the aims of the applicant. 1) Applicants aiming to specialise in written work should submit a selection of 3-5 written pieces. At least two of these pieces should be academic essays of at least 2,000 words in length. The remaining pieces may be writings on music of any other form: journalistic, critical, reflective, and so on. Work on music in other media formats (video, audio-visual) can also be considered. 2) Applicants aiming to specialise in creative work should submit a substantial portfolio of their creative practice. This may include examples of one or more of the following: performance, songwriting, production, documentation of audio-visual and/or site-specific/installation works, compositions/scores. These examples may be presented in whatever media is appropriate. 

The portfolio should be accompanied by a contextual reflective commentary of 300-500 words, which will outline the ideas and creative methods underpinning the creative work.

Applications and portfolios should be submitted to Professor Tom Perchard t.perchard(

Selection process

Applications will be reviewed and the award made by a panel including Black, Asian and minority ethnicity academics associated with the Department.