Grants, Prizes and Scholarships

Grant & Prize Information

The Friends offer grants to eligible students of the School of Music. Grants are intended to enhance the skills and experience of students in ways attracting clear benefits both to the applicants and the School. In 2018 the Friends will give priority to supporting applications from students with a high-quality performance element as well as to applications of a collegiate nature, having the potential for benefit to a number of students. Applications from students in non-performance fields such as composition and music technology will also be considered. Applications from undergraduates, including honours students, are particularly welcome. Grant Guidelines 2019 are attached below.

Friends Ensemble Music Prize 

The Friends of the School of Music established its ensemble prizes to promote ensemble playing in the tertiary student cohort, in all musical genres taught at the ANU School of Music.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories for each Prize:

  • the Friends Chamber Music Prize (First Prize $1,000, People's Choice $500); and
  • the Friends Jazz and Contemporary Music Prize (First Prize $1,000, People's Choice $500).


In 2018 the Friends Ensemble Prize will be held on Monday 21 May, 6.30pm in the Big band Room, Peter Karmel Building, ANU.


To be eligible for the prizes, each ensemble must include at least one member who is a current tertiary ANU School of Music student. All other members of eligible ensembles must be current students of the ANU School of Music or the Open School of Music.

Ensembles may include duos provided there is no piano accompaniment involved; works for two pianos and/or four hands will be counted as ensembles rather than accompaniment.

Students are permitted to appear in more than one ensemble.

How to apply

Please read the Friends Ensemble Prize Conditions of Award [100 KB PDF]. To enter, email by Friday 11 May 2018, providing your name and ID number, ensemble members and instruments, and the category you are entering. Only one entry is required per ensemble, and a primary contact (a School of Music student) is to be listed. You will also need to provide names of pieces performed, composer and date as well as a stage plan featuring equipment, where people will be standing etc and any instructions for change over between ensembles and pieces for the performance. Competitors will be judged according to the School of Music’s ensemble performance assessment rubric. It is recommended entrants get in touch with John Mackey for advice on how to make the most of your performance.

Fankhauser Travelling Fellowship

The Fankhauser Travelling Fellowship is available to be awarded annually, to assist a School of Music student to compete in an international performance competition. Application details are attached below.

Christel Larko Music Scholarship

The Christel Larko Music Scholarships are funded by a bequest to the Friends of the ANU School of Music. The Scholarship will be awarded to outstanding students studying voice or piano in a program offered by the ANU School of Music. Christel Larko Scholarship [PDF 151KB]

Bernhard Neumann Memorial Prize

Professor Bernhard Neumann was a Professor of Mathematics from the early days of The Australian National University. He was a founding member of the Friends of the School of Music and played an active part on the Friends Committee for most of the time until his death in October 2002, aged 91. Professor Neumann was renowned for rigour in academic standards and a strong desire that his students should succeed.

School of Music Transition Award

The Friends Transition Award assists School of Music graduates transition between formal study and a professional career in music.  The award is available each year to an ANU student who has completed, within the last two calendar years as at the closing date for applications, the requirements for the award of a Bachelor with Honours, Master or Doctoral degree in the School of Music.  Submissions for this year open on 1st of February and close on the 31st of March.  
Application Form
Conditions of Award

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