Katherine Kearns Scholarship


The Katharine Kearns scholarship is provided to enable the recipient to travel abroad to Germany, France or the United Kingdom to further their studies in instrumental music in either pianoforte, violin, viola or violoncello.


$11,000, paid in equal installments over two years (2018 - 2019). 

Open and closing dates

Applications are now closed. Applicants can expect to receive an outcome by the end of May. This scholarship is open for application biennially in even years. 

Criteria and eligibility

Candidates for the scholarship must be 30 years or under at the time of application to the scholarship; must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia; and must specialise in one of either pianoforte, violin, viola or violoncello. The recipient must be intending to pursue further study in Germany, France or the United Kingdom, and the recipient give a free public concert in Ballarat [Katharine Kearns' birthplace] prior to leaving Australia to study abroad, and to give a second free public performance in Ballarat on his/her return. Please note this scholarship will not fund applications to attend competitions.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by the selection committee on the basis of:

  • artistic and merit, as demonstrated by previous academic achievement (VCE or equivalent; other tertiary results) and CV; 
  • career aspirations (addressed through questions in the application process); 
  • travel and study plan (outlining teacher/masterclass/tertiary intentions; detailed budget requirements; letters of support; etc); and
  • likely success in completing the proposed course of study / benefitting from the travel plan (addressed through questions in the application process). 

The Dean, on the recommendation of the graduate committee, will approve the receipients, who will be notified via post of the outcome. All other unsuccessful receipients will be emailed.

Additional requirements

To accept this scholarship, successful recipients are required to write a letter of thanks and provide an artistic biography for the donors or trustees. On occasion recipients will be contacted to provide a progress report.

How to apply

Refer to the Open and Closing Dates section above for the application link. The link will only be visible during the application period.

The application will require personal information, including course and year level, and some questions addressing the selection criteria listed above. You will be required to attach some documents, such as CV and academic transcript and, where relevant, there will be the option to include any support material that gives weight to your application. Where financial need is a consideration, you'll also be asked to provide an estimate of your budget for the year ahead.