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To apply for an Organ Scholarship, applicants must complete a Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) as well as a UCAS application.

Applications for 2021 Organ Scholarships will open in early July 2020. The deadline for entry in 2021 (and deferred entry in 2022) is 1 September 2020. Late applications will not be considered.

It should be noted that Organ Scholarship applicants should wait until they have the results of their Organ Trial before submitting their UCAS application. However, applicants will need to register with UCAS and acquire a UCAS Personal ID number in order to complete and submit the COPA. A draft version of a candidate's UCAS Personal Statement is also required as part of the COPA application process.

Applications for Organ Scholarships should be accompanied by both an academic reference and a declaration of musical ability. Both academic and musical referees are required to send their reference to the applicant's first-choice College as an email attachment by 11 September 2020. The references should describe the applicant's academic and musical abilities and, in the case of the latter, their fitness to hold an Organ Scholarship. Applicants must provide both their referees with a completed PDF icon Reference Cover Sheet which should then be attached to all references.

You will be considered for Organ Scholarships according to the order of preference on your COPA. You may apply for as many College places as you wish. If a College is advertising both for entry in 2021 and for deferred entry in 2022, you may apply for both, and there is no requirement for you to put these two places consecutively. You are advised to put down every College place for which you would be prepared to accept an offer. In the past successful applicants have typically listed at least eight to ten Colleges.

If you are unable to submit a final version of your UCAS personal statement or reference with your COPA, a working draft can be submitted. If this is your intention please make it clear and ensure that the final version is sent to the appropriate College as soon as possible to enable the College to make their assessment at the Organ Trials which take place towards the end of September.

Please note that the Colleges will not continue to consider your application for an award if they judge that you are below the appropriate academic standard for normal admission. If your previous academic record is poor, and there are no mitigating circumstances, you may be excluded from consideration before the final stage of the competition. If you are uncertain whether or not to pursue your application, you should consult the Admissions Tutor of your first preference College who will be able to offer you advice.

Once the results of the Organ Trials are known, UCAS applications should be submitted by the usual deadline of 15 October. Once the UCAS application has been received by the University this triggers an automated email directing the candidate to complete the SAQ.  

Application timeline

  • Early July – Organ Scholarship applications open via COPA
  • Before 1 September - Register with UCAS (to acquire a UCAS Personal ID number)
  • 1 September – Submit COPA and Transcript
  • 11 September – Send References to first-choice College
  • 20-23 September – Organ Trials
  • 15 October – Submit UCAS application
  • 22 October – Complete SAQ

Related Documents

Organ Scholars Reference Declaration


Mr Andrew Arthur
Organ Scholarships Co-ordinator
Director of Music
Trinity Hall
Cambridge CB2 1TJ
T 01223 332549