The Dorcas McClean Scholarship, worth up to $40,000, supports candidates for admission to an approved institution. Applicants must be between 17 and 25 years of age and residents of Australia in any two years preceding the competition date. Assessment is by competition (for shortlisted applicants only), held across a number of days at the Southbank Campus. This is a triennial competition and will next take place in early 2025.

There will be monetary awards for the second and third placed participants, and a major award for the Dorcas McClean Scholarship recipient.

A set amount of reimbursement will be paid to the shortlisted applicants to assist with the cost of the competition requirements.


A one-off payment of up to $40,000 towards studies at another institution approved by the University of Melbourne. Runner-up and third-placed candidates will receive $10,000 and $5000 respectively.


To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a violinist aged no older than 25 and no younger than 17 (as of 2 February 2025), and resident in Australia for no less than two years at 2 February 2025.
  • Eligible for admission to a course of study at an institution approved by the Academic Board on the recommendation of the head of the school of Music in the faculty; or
  • Under the supervision of a teacher approved by the Academic Board on the recommendation of the head of the school of Music; or
  • Be a graduate or undergraduate of the University.

Read the Guidelines (in the Application process section) for all competition details.

Selection Process

The recipient of this scholarship will be determined by three rounds of performance competition to select a winner from up to six applicants. They will be judged by panels of prominent Australian and international violinists on the basis of musicality, tone, technique, intonation and poise.

Method of Application

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Applications for round 1 are made online via the link below (only visible during the application open phase) and must include:

  • A high-quality online recording of the specified repertoire, with contact details of your teacher or employer for verification of the recording
  • A summary of experience as a musician, including periods and places of professional work
  • Relevant education qualifications
  • Details of proposed training or study program you intend to undertake
  • Contact details of two referees.

The recordings will be assessed by prominent Australian violinists on musicality, tone, technique, intonation and poise, and six candidates will be selected to advance to round 2. Three finalists will proceed from round 2 to round 3.

Read the Guidelines for all details.

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Application Deadline: August 12, 2024.