Study Abroad

Many young musicians can benefit from the experience of studying in a different country. From travelling to Dagaare, Ghana to pursue percussion (Rebecca Burch, 2007) to studying the harp in New York (Emily Hoile, 2011 and 2013), the RPS offers young musicians a unique, life-changing opportunity to study abroad. 

What does the RPS offer?

The RPS Julius Isserlis Scholarship* offers up to £30,000 for a young instrumentalist to study abroad for one or two years. Some smaller scholarships may be available at the discretion of the jury.

Who is it open to?

All classical instrumentalists of any nationality between the ages of 15 and 25, who are permanently resident in the UK (please see terms and conditions for more details).

What are the entrance requirements?

Applications are selected for audition. Auditioned candidates will be expected to prepare a recital programme of 45’ duration as well as give an outline of their proposed course of study abroad and two references. Auditions will be held in London on Wednesday 28 June 2017.

How can I apply?

Applications must be made on the official form which can be downloaded from this page. Applicants will have to submit a recording of their playing and a fee (inclusive of VAT) of £30 for non-RPS members or £15 for RPS members is payable.

When is the next closing date?

Applications are now closed for the scholarship. Applications will reopen in Autumn 2018.

*The RPS Julius Isserlis Scholarship fund was bequeathed by Cecilia Helen Northcote in the name of the Russian pianist, composer and teacher, Julius Isserlis.

RPS grants for study abroad are part of the RPS Young Musicians Programme. We are extremely grateful to the trusts, corporate sponsors and indivdual donors who support the programme. Click here to find out more.


Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, Founder, Artistic and Executive Director, Chineke! Foundation; Founder, principal Double Bass, OAE: As a musician it feels vital to be part of the RPS family, and its endeavours to go-all-out for the sake of music.


During World War 2, when the BBCSO was evacuated to Bristol, the RPS stepped in to ensure that the 1940 Proms season would go ahead.