ICMP is delighted to announce the launch of a new Postgraduate Scholarship for Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students. 

ICMP’s new initiative aims to overturn the dramatic under-representation of BAME music scholars at the academic professional level. We want to enhance the presence of BAME students in our postgraduate cohorts as well as support more into academic careers. 

Scholarships are available in different subject areas including;


Any students receiving the scholarship will see a 50 per cent waiver on tuition fees.

The award also includes opportunities to gain teaching experience, extended academic supervision and mentoring. 

Messiah Odinma, ICMP’s Access and Participation Manager, said: "I'm delighted we're able to offer these scholarships as there is a dramatic under-representation of BAME music scholars at the academic professional level. These scholarships were created to support our BAME students progressing into postgraduate study.

BAME students are less likely to pursue a career in academia in the music higher education sector due to financial barriers and a lack of BAME role models. These scholarships will help under-represented groups progress into academia and are also a very visible commitment from ICMP towards a truly diverse and representative community. "

BAME academics are crucial in the future in relation to reinforcing an inclusive music higher education sector.”

Professor Louise Jackson, Associate Dean (Academic Development), said: “I’m really pleased ICMP can announce these scholarships to support the progression of our BAME students into postgraduate study. Having the opportunity to be a postgraduate student is such an amazing and transformative experience, but there is a woeful lack of BAME progression into postgraduate study across the UK.

We want these scholarships to help talented individuals engage with masters level education at ICMP; especially those who may otherwise find it difficult to access the programmes."

"I’m particularly excited about collaborating with the awardees as we identify teaching opportunities for them. We know there is more to do to improve equality of access to higher education, but this is a necessary first step for us in building a more fair and diverse music sector.’’



  • Candidates must hold an offer of a place to study a masters degree at ICMP beginning in September 2020 
  • Candidates must be an ICMP graduate (or about to graduate from ICMP in 2020)
  • Candidates must be a ‘Home’ UK permanent resident
  • Candidates must self-identify as a BAME student

How to apply

Complete the application form to be considered for the scholarship. All applications need to be submitted by the deadline of 31 July 2020. 

Awardees will be selected by an ICMP panel based on their academic achievement and scholarship scheme personal statement.


Successful candidates will be notified by email after Wednesday 12 August. Please direct enquiries related to the scholarships to enquiries@icmp.ac.uk

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