Arts and music scholarships

Are you a talented musician, writer, performer film maker or artist? Do you want to develop your talents further alongside your studies? Then our Arts and Music Scholarships could be just the thing for you!

What are the Arts and Music Scholarships?

The Arts and Music Scholarships are an extra-curricular award managed by LU Arts. The scholarships recognise, reward, and develop talent in any art form. They are not linked to your studies and are not part of the university application process.

What scholarships are available?

We will award at least five scholarships for 2024/25. You can apply for a scholarship in any of the art forms listed below.

Art form


Creative writing

Any form of fiction including short stories, poetry and script/playwriting


Any genre including singing, rap, any instrument, electronic, music production, songwriting and DJing

Performing arts

Drama, dance, set/props design and performance art

Visual arts

Painting, drawing, ceramics, textiles, crafts, photography, film and animation

The examples given are not exhaustive. If you are unsure of whether your skill is suitable, then please email to check.

Where we refer to Arts Scholars or Art Scholarships, this includes scholars from any of the art forms listed above. We do not use the term ‘Arts Scholars’ to mean visual arts scholars only.

Find out more about the scholarships under the headings below. Please make sure you read all the information on this page before applying. 

What will I get?

For 2024/25, arts scholars will receive a £200 cash prize, split into two payments of £100. The first payment will be before the end of the autumn term 2024. The second payment will follow the Arts Scholars Showcase (May 2025).

The second payment is conditional on meeting the expectations of the scholarship programme. Arts scholars are expected to:

  • Attend a scholarship presentation lunch at the Loughborough campus (early December 2024)
  • Attend a scholarship catch up lunch at the Loughborough campus (March 2025)
  • Take part in the annual Arts Scholars' Showcase at the Loughborough campus (May 2025). Depending on your art form, this may be an exhibition or screening of your work or a performance.
  • Help us promote your story and the scholarships via our marketing channels. This will involve working with the LU Arts Digital Co-ordinator who will produce suitable content.

Arts scholars will be able to apply for extra funding to help develop your talent - up to £500 each. This could include tuition, mentoring, training and materials. We will send the chosen arts scholars full details of when and how to apply for this funding. The LU Arts team will assess funding applications and funding is not guaranteed.

What is the judging process and criteria?

Your application will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Your talent and potential for development
  • Your passion and commitment to your chosen art form
  • How the arts scholarship would benefit you

Please consider these criteria when writing your application.

We want our arts scholars to represent as wide a range of art forms as possible. We also want them to represent the diversity of Loughborough University's student population. We will consider this in our judging.

The judging panel will be made up of LU Arts staff and invited specialists for each art form.

Shortlisted students may be invited to an informal interview (in person or online) to discuss your application further. This may involve a short demonstration of your talent, if appropriate.  

Who can apply?

All current Loughborough University students from either campus (Loughborough or London). This includes undergraduate, postgraduate (taught and research) and international students.

LU Arts is committed to inclusivity and representing the student community we serve. We welcome applications from students of all backgrounds.

If you will be on your placement year during 2024/25 then you are not eligible to apply. Previous arts scholarship winners are not eligible to apply again.

If you are due to start at the University in September 2024, you can apply once you have formally accepted your place and met your entry requirements.

If you are a postgraduate student, your studies and/or research should be expected to continue until the end of April 2025.

The scholarships are an extra-curricular award and should not be directly linked to the subject(s) you are studying. For example, Fine Art students cannot apply for a visual arts scholarship. Students on the English with Creative Writing BA and Creative Writing and the Writing Industries MA courses cannot apply for a creative writing scholarship.

If you are unsure of your eligibility or have any other questions then please email


We want our scholarships to be accessible to all students. Application is via a Microsoft online form. However, we welcome applications in different formats e.g. audio, if this is more appropriate for you.

If you would like to discuss any accessibility issues in advance of applying or to discuss how the opportunity can be made inclusive for you, then please email or call 01509 222948.

When is the deadline?

Timescales and Key Dates

Arts Scholarships 2024/25 application deadline: Monday 21 October 2024 at 5pm

We expect to carry out any shortlisting interviews during w/c 4 November 2024.

Arts scholars presentation lunch*: Wednesday 4 December 2024

Deadline for additional funding requests: January 2025

Arts scholars catch up lunch*: March 2025

Arts Scholars’ Showcase*: May 2025

We expect all arts scholars to be available for all the events detailed above. Further details and confirmation of dates will be sent out with the offer of a scholarship.

* These events will take place on the Loughborough campus. London students will have their travel costs covered for these events.

How do I apply?

You will need to complete the online application form. Please make sure you have read all the information on this page before completing the form. 


Arts and Music Scholarship Q&A (online)

Wednesday 16 October, 1-2pm

Drop-in to our online session to ask any questions you might have about our scholarships. This could include questions on eligibility and what to include in your application.

Login details for the Teams meeting will be added to this page nearer the time and booking is not required.


Hear from some of our 2022/2023 winners below on how the LU Arts Scholarship helped them throughout the year.

Debosmita Paul Choudhury

(Performing arts – Kathak dance)

"The LU Arts Scholarship has been instrumental in my development as a Kathak dancer. It provided me with opportunities to take classes, invest in costumes, and connect with fellow creatives at our university. I had the privilege of performing Kathak outside India for the first time - in Loughborough and London, which boosted my confidence and allowed me to make a significant impact with my art form. It's been a remarkable adventure that has kept me on my toes, both literally and figuratively, and I can't wait to see where it takes me next!" 

A young woman in her early 20s of indian heritage dances in a traditional saree in front of an orange curtain

Theo Dormer

(Music – Accordion/English traditional)

"Despite not following a typical route into music, the LU Arts Scholarship gave me the opportunity to work on music that felt very individual to me and share that with the wider University community. Being part of the scholarship program allowed me to take more time towards developing my music, exploring both new possibilities and traditions which are particularly important to folk music. It also introduced me to a fantastic group of musicians and creatives within the University community and opened up opportunities after the scholarship I would otherwise not have found. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to dedicate more time to furthering their creative practice whilst at university. As a result of collaborating with other musicians through the scholarship, I am delighted that LSU Classical decided to establish a folk ensemble; I look forward to creating more music with them in the future." 

a young man in his early 20s with long brown hair smiling playin an accordion sitting down in front of an orange curtain

Jess Moody

(Creative writing)

"Receiving the LU Arts Scholarship for Creative Writing was a really welcome validation for what’s often quite a solitary craft; particularly as an older writer without experience of a formal writing programme or a peer writing group. This academic year I’ve continued to work on some longer short stories, sharing some of my new work at the Scholars Showcase event. That was the first time I’d ever read my work in public before, and it was wonderful to perform alongside such a talented range of artists.   

The Scholarship funding has allowed me to access training, resources and experiences I wouldn’t otherwise have been able to.  I now take a regular writing class, where I can workshop new work and receive feedback. I’ve attended readings by acclaimed short story writers Wendy Erskine, Ben Okri, and Tessa Hadley at the London Library. I’ll be taking some ‘deep dive’ craft courses on dialogue and plotting. I’m now also equipped with a range of textbooks and essays to inform and inspire my ongoing development as a writer. The Scholarship is going to have a lasting impact on my work, and I’m very grateful to LU Arts for such support. " 

A young white woman in her mid 20s wears glasses and stands in front of a pulpit reading poetry and smiling