Donovan-Johnston Memorial Scholarship


This scholarship is open to a person under 30 showing potential to become a recognized and respectable musician and/or singer, to travel to undertake a study program.


The total value offered in 2019 will be approximately $12,000. Multiple scholarships may be awarded.

Open and closing dates

Applications are now closed.

Applicants can expect to receive an outcome by the end of May. It will be next open for application in March 2020.

Criteria and eligibility 

Candidates for the scholarship must be graduates in music of the University of Melbourne who under the age of thirty years at the date when applications for the scholarship close. Candidates must further showing potential to become a recognised and respectable musician and/or singer. Current graduate students who meet these criteria are strongly encouraged to apply. 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 applications 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.