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The Elder Overseas Scholarship

The Elder Overseas Scholarship was established in 1883 by twin charitable donations from Sir Thomas Elder to the University of Adelaide (prior to the endowment of the Elder Conservatorium of Music) and the Royal College of Music, London.

The purpose of this postgraduate scholarship is to support advanced musical training overseas, by a South Australian who will be a recent alumnus or alumna of the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

The Elder Overseas Scholarship is administered according to the following Rules:-

  1. The purpose of the scholarship is to support advanced musical training overseas, by a suitably talented South Australian who will be a recent alumnus or alumna of the Elder Conservatorium of Music

  2. A candidate for the Elder Overseas Scholarship

    a) will be, or will have been, a full-time degree-level student, at the Elder Conservatorium of Music

    b) will have graduated by the time of taking up the award

    c) will be specialising in musical performance (as instrumentalist or singer) in the classical tradition

    d) will normally be between the ages of 18 and 30 and be an alumnus or alumna of the Elder Conservatorium within the previous 5 years

  3. The award is made by nomination rather than application. Teaching staff of the Elder Conservatorium will periodically be invited to nominate suitable candidates for the award.  Such nomination must be seconded and will be considered by a panel chaired by the Director of the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

  4. The award will be made periodically by the Elder Conservatorium of Music as accumulation of interest from the endowment funds permits.  If possible, the award will be made every three or four years.

  5. The value of the scholarship will be determined by the Director of the Elder Conservatorium of Music taking into account the advice of the panel convened to consider nominations.

  6. The scholarship may be awarded for a period of one, two, or three years, depending on the nature and merits of the proposed overseas training, and subject to the availability of funds.

  7. The scholarship will be awarded to support a clearly defined proposal for advanced musical training without restriction of country or host institution.  Candidates who have been nominated and seconded will be invited to submit such a proposal.

  8. The scholarship may be used to support advanced training through an overseas host institution (such as a major conservatoire, academy, college or school of music) or through a programme of private study with an eminent teacher.  This provision for private study is in recognition of the fact that some of the world's most distinguished teachers do not have an institutional affiliation.

  9. The scholarship will be paid in instalments, to be defined and determined by the Elder Conservatorium in relation to the approved project.

  10. At the end of each year of tenure of the scholarship the recipient is required to submit a written report addressed to the Director of the Conservatorium.

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