Willem Van Otterloo Fund Scholarship


The Willem van Otterloo Award is provided to assist a student undertaking specialised programmes of extra study with distinguished teachers overseas (preferably in Holland) before becoming professional orchestra players. 


The value of the scholarship offered in 2016 was approximately $5000.

Open and closing dates

Applications are now closed. This scholarship is offered every 3 years and will next be open for application at the end of March, 2019. Applicants can expect to receive an outcome mid May.

Criteria and eligibility

Candidates for the scholarship must be in final undergraduate or graduate students of an orchestral instrument, at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. The purpose of the award is to assist awardees to travel to Europe, and preferably The Netherlands, to further their studies in music. 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.