Scholarships and Prizes

Scholarships

Monash University, The Faculty of Arts, and the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music offer an extensive scholarship and grants program to support both local and international students enrolled in degrees.

Arts Faculty Scholarships – Postgraduate Research
University Scholarships 

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music offers the following scholarships:

  • Anna Chmiel Memorial Scholarship
    This scholarship (in honour and memory of Anna Chmiel who was a clarinet student at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music) is to support clarinet students.
    Further information.

  • Anna Chmiel Travel Scholarship 
    This scholarship (in honour and memory of Anna Chmiel who was a clarinet student at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music) is aimed at supporting young students experiencing financial difficulty to engage in programs in New York and Prato, Italy. Further information.

  • Geoffrey Whitelaw Jazz Brass Scholarship
    The Geoffrey Whitelaw Jazz Brass Scholarship is an annual merit-based scholarship provided to support full-time study of a first year Bachelor of Music student who is specialising in jazz at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. 
    Further information.
  • Kartomi PhD in Music Scholarship 
    A full PhD scholarship (plus possible fieldwork funding) for outstanding applicants. Further information.

  • Monash Jazz Music Scholarship 
    Scholarships will be awarded for outstanding applicants in various instrumental and vocal disciplines in Jazz.

  • Monash-Pratt Musician Performance Scholarship 
    Scholarships will be awarded for outstanding applicants in various instrumental and vocal disciplines.

  • Monash-Pratt Postgraduate Award for Research 
    Offered by the Pratt Foundation through the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music to a Monash APA or equivalent scholarship receipient of outstanding academic merit to pursue full-time PhD or research masters candidature. Further information.

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Concertmaster/Orchestra 
    This prestigious scholarship, which has been awarded since 1992, is provided by the Vice-Chancellor to a outstanding violinist who is capable of providing strong leadership to the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music – Conservatorium Orchestra.

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Ensemble Leader Scholarship 
    The Vice-Chancellor’s Music Leadership scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding musician who will have a leadership role in the Ensemble Program.

  • Yamaha Post Graduate Research Scholarships in Performance (Classical) 
    This award is available to a recipient of outstanding academic merit who demonstrates financial hardship, to assist them to pursue full time PhD or Research Masters candidature. Further information.

  • Yamaha Post Graduate Research Scholarships in Performance (Jazz) 
    This award is available to a recipient of outstanding academic merit who demonstrates financial hardship, to assist them to pursue full time PhD or Research Masters candidature. Further information.

Prizes

All prizes comprise a certification and cash payment, unless otherwise stated.

  • Anna Chmiel Memorial Fund Prize
    Best overall result in Chief Music Study in the areas on Woodwind, Brass, Strings, Voice & Chamber Music
    Prize: $500
  • ANZCA Music Prize
    Offered for Best Composition by a Bachelor of Music student at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University, adjudicated by members of the University’s faculty.
    Prize: $1500 cash, and promotion of the winning composition through inclusion in the relevant ANZCA syllabus.
  • Bernies Music Land Prize
    Best Piano Ensemble Performer(s)
    Prize: $120 per student (x3)
     
  • Cengage Western Music Theory Prize
    Best academic result in Western Music Theory
    Prize: $100 iTunes voucher
     
  • Chamber Music Prize
    Awarded to the best Chamber Music group
    Prize: $1000 split between two
     
  • Concerto and Aria Competition Prize
    Awarded to the best performer of a concerto or aria based on competition
    Prize: $1000
     
  • David Bornstein 2nd Year Jazz Prize
    Awarded to the best 2nd year jazz performer
    Prize: $1500
     
  • Ernst Morawetz Prize
    The Ernst Morawetz Prize will be awarded to the Bachelor of Music student in years 1, 2, 3 and 4 who receives the highest average marks across subjects in the Ethnomusicology and Musicology specialization.
    Prize: $100
     
  • Ferngully Lodge Prize
    Best performance result in Jazz & Popular Music in Chief Practical Studies in the areas of Piano, Bass, Guitar, Saxophone, Brass, Drum-kit and Voice
    Prize: $350
     
  • Jascha Spivakovsky Piano Prize
    The Jascha Spivakovsky Piano Prize is open to all students studying classical piano at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. The winner of the final round will be deemed the recipient of the “Jascha Spivakovsky Piano Prize” and will be awarded a monetary prize of $1000. This prize is given annually by Michael Spivakovsky  in memory of his father, the Russian-born concert pianist, who first toured Australia in 1922 and settled here in 1933 giving concerts and teaching until his death in 1970. He was renowned for his “crystal playing”, was friends with Sir Zelman Cowen, and was asked to perform at a memorial service on the death of his friend, Sir John Monash.
    Prize: $1000
     
  • Joan Earle Prize
    Best overall result in Piano for Chief Practical Studies in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honours year levels
    Prize: $100
     
  • Monash University Music Composition Prize

    Awarded to the best submission of a composition for solo instrument. The prize consists of a certificate, cash payment and a fee for the presentation of the winning work in a public concert. The prize is open to all undergraduate composition students in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music.
    Prize: $1500

  • Peter Tahourdin Memorial Prize
    Best overall result in Composition for Chief Practical Studies in 1st year levels
    Prize: $150