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The University of Sussex Dr. John Birch Music Scholarship for International Students in the UK for 2023/2024

The Dr. John Birch Music Scholarship was created by the University of Sussex to pay tribute to the beloved former music instructor and organist Dr. John Birch (1929-2012). This scholarship is meant to help a particular organist continue to improve and perform while attending Sussex. All current Sussex undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of their chosen field of study—music or not—are eligible to apply for this prize.

About the University of Sussex

In Falmer, East Sussex, England, the University of Sussex is a public institution with a research emphasis. Most of it is included within the administrative boundaries of Brighton and Hove. The South Downs National Park flanks its wide campus and provides easy access to Brighton’s city center, which is only 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles) away. The school received its Royal Charter in August 1961, making it the first of the generation of universities made of plate glass.

More than one-third of its students are enrolled in postgraduate programs, while just under one-third of its staff members are foreign-born. The diverse community of over 20,000 students at Sussex includes more than 1,000 academics from more than 140 different countries, with about one-third being foreign students. The institution’s yearly expenditures were £377.4 million while its annual revenue was £345.2 million during the fiscal year 2021–2022.


In addition to having a faculty with five Nobel Prize winners, a Crafoord Prize winner, 15 Fellows of the Royal Society, 10 Fellows of the British Academy, and 24 Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences, Sussex University also boasts these individuals. By 2011, many members of the faculty have also been honored with the Order of the British Empire, Bancroft Prize, and Royal Society of Literature Prize. Alumni include prominent scientists, diplomats, politicians, and activists, to name a few.

The University of Sussex was ranked 160th overall and 20th in the UK in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The institution was rated 19th nationwide by The Sunday Times in 2021. In 2017, the institution was ranked 15th in the UK by the Complete Institution Guide. The institution ranked 187 in the world in the 2017 QS World Institution Rankings. The university was ranked number 205 in the 2018 CWTS Leiden Ranking. In 2016, Sussex ranked as the 66th most sustainable city in the world, according to the UI GreenMetric index.

In terms of graduates entering the workforce or continuing their education soon after graduation, The Complete University Guide 2018 ranks Sussex first in the South East and sixth in the UK. The University was ranked first worldwide for development studies in the 2016–2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject. Further, according to the QS 2018 rankings, it was among the top 100 universities in the world for anthropology, sociology, politics and international studies, history, geography, English language and literature, and communication and media studies. Education, Economics, and Psychology are other top 150 subjects in the world rankings.

Dr. John Birch Music Scholarship -Worths

  • Cash prize of £800.
  •  The chosen beneficiary will also have access to the School of Media, Arts, and Humanities (MAH) music practice spaces.
  • Regardless of how their application is received, every applicant who moves on to the audition stage will have the opportunity to add their name to a list of musicians who are willing to play at campus events or collaborate with other artists.

Eligibility for Dr. John Birch Music Scholarship

The following requirements must be met to be eligible for the Dr. John Birch Music Scholarship: 

  • Play the organ at a level no lower than Grade 8.
  • being accepted or enrolled at the University of Sussex (available to candidates for enrollment in 2023).

Application Process

Do you want to apply for the Dr. John Birch Music Scholarship? Fill out the application form at the University of Sussex at

Submission Deadline:

October 1, 2023

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