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University of Queensland Hugh Brandon Scholarship, Australia 2023

Application is now open for the Hugh Brandon Scholarship at the University of Queensland. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About the University of Queensland and Scholarship

In Queensland, the first proposals for a university were drawn up in the 1870s. In 1874, Sir Charles Lilley oversaw a royal committee that recommended the rapid establishment of a university. Those opposed to universities argued that technical education was more important than intellectual education in a society where basic industries predominated. The institution’s supporters distanced themselves from Oxford and Cambridge in reaction to this opposition and proposed a model based on the mid-western states of the United States. In 1891, a second Royal Commission recommended that a new university should include five faculties: Arts, Law, Medicine, Science, and Applied Science. 

Budgets for education in Queensland were traditionally low priority, and in a colony with a literacy rate of 57% in 1861, basic education took precedence over secondary and vocational education. Despite the recommendations of the Royal Commission, the government was not willing to provide funding for the formation of a university.


The institution is also well-regarded in several engineering fields. It is rated third in the world for mining and minerals engineering, 76-100th for chemical engineering, 76-100th for civil engineering, 101-150th for material science and engineering, and 101-150th for electrical and electronic engineering.

UQ was placed #1 in biodiversity conservation and top 10 in 13 other disciplines in the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) first global subject rankings, which were based on the number of research articles that institutions had produced in prestigious journals.

Theodore Brandon In honor of Hugh Earle Brandon, BMus, LRAM, FTCL, AASA, a scholarship was established with donations from coworkers, friends, and former pupils. From 1945 to 1973, Hugh Brandon, who was born in 1906, worked at the University of Queensland. He passed away in 1984. He served as the department’s first head from 1955 to 1966 as well as the faculty’s dean of music from 1970 at that period.

The Queensland University Musical Society was brought back to life by Hugh after the Second World War, and he led the choir from 1950 until 1965 when he was appointed patron. When Hugh received an honorary degree from the University of Queensland in 1970, he became the first person to have the degree of Bachelor of Music.

Hugh Brandon put in a lot of effort throughout his long career to raise musical standards throughout Queensland. He also significantly influenced Queensland’s musical community through his work at the University, as an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board (1941–1984), as conductor of the Brisbane Bach Choir (1931–1966), and as organist and choirmaster at St Andrew’s Presbyterian (now Uniting) Church, Creek Street, Brisbane (1945–1978). 

The Hugh Brandon Prize was founded by friends and coworkers after he retired; it was first given out in 1980 and most recently in 2015. Friends and coworkers created the Hugh Brandon Prize when he retired, and it was first given out in 1980 and most recently in 2015.

Details about the Hugh Brandon Scholarship at the University of Queensland:

Scholarship Sponsor: University of Queensland, Australia

Scholarship Value: At least $6,000

Number of awards: 1

Study level: Undergraduate

Host Institution(s): University of Queensland, Australia

Enrolment Status: Current UQ student

Eligibility Criteria for Hugh Brandon Scholarship

Applicants are advised to meet the following conditions to be eligible for the Hugh Brandon Scholarship at the University of Queensland:

  • are enrolled in an area of study in music run by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, an undergraduate music major, an extended major, or an undergraduate music major.

Selection Criteria

The following factors will be taken into account by the institution:

  • Academic success in the fields of conducting
  • Organ performance or piano performance dedication to sharing music with the larger Brisbane community.

Application Process for Hugh Brandon Scholarship

Interested candidates should fill out the scholarship application form. You will need to provide short statements that address the selection criteria. 

Use the tips for putting together a great application to help you through this process. 


Hugh Brandon Scholarship Rules (PDF, 146.79 KB)

Note: When the admissions office receives your application, they will email you to let you know. Email them at if you haven’t heard from them after two days of applying. They will forward your application to a selection panel for assessment if they decide you are qualified. They will provide you with written notice if you are successful.

The Submission Deadline is: 3 September 2023

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