Music and arts scholarships

Are you a talented musician, writer, performer film maker or artist? Do you want help to realise your potential? How about a cash prize and a support package? Then our Music and Arts Scholarships could be just the thing for you!

Every year we award up to nine arts scholarships to students who demonstrate ability, passion, commitment and potential in any art form. They encourage involvement in the arts outside of your studies and are not related to your degree.

Art forms may include (but are not limited to) any genre of music, creative writing, poetry, photography, film, animation, any genre of dance, performing arts, textiles, visual arts and crafts.

For 2022-23, each scholarship winner will receive a £100 cash prize and a tailored package of support worth up to £500. This support could be in the form of one-to-one tuition, mentoring, masterclasses, training or attending relevant events to help develop your skills and knowledge.

There are also opportunities for scholars to showcase their talents by presenting or performing their work during the year.

Who can apply?

The scholarships are open to all current Loughborough University students (UG and PG) from the East Midlands and London campuses. Previous music and arts scholarship winners are not eligible to apply.

If you are a new student due to start at the University then you can apply once you have formally accepted your place and met your entry requirements. For postgraduate students, your studies and/or research should be expected to continue until the end of April in the academic year you are applying for a scholarship in e.g. April 2023 for the 2022/23 scholarships.

The scholarships must be in addition to your course – so if you study Fine Art you can’t apply for support for your artistic practice which is linked to your degree course. It must be something you do separately to your studies. The only slight exception is that you can apply for a scholarship in Creative Writing if you study English or you could apply for visual art if you studied Textiles. If you are unsure if you are eligible, please email to check.

The scholarships recognise talent, but awards are also judged on commitment, passion and an assessment of who would benefit the most from the support.

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


We want our scholarships to be accessible to all students. We welcome applications in different formats e.g. audio, large print, 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.

How do I apply?

Application is via a simple form available below, which is emailed to

If you are unsure of your eligibility, or have any other queries please email in advance of applying.

Please note that a new application form for 2023/24 will be added here in the summer term 2023 (see timescales below); the current form is available here for reference only and should not be used. 


The 2022/23 scholarships are now closed. Arts scholarships for 2023/24 will open in the summer term 2023 with a deadline of late October 2024.