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Which Colleges take Organ Scholars?

The Colleges listed in the table below offer Organ Scholarships, and their vacancies for the next two years are shown. Organ Scholarships are not available at: Hughes Hall, Lucy Cavendish, Murray Edwards, Newnham, St Edmund's, or Wolfson.

Are there any restrictions?

An Organ Scholarship can only be held in conjunction with an academic place at the awarding College. You don't have to be studying for a Music degree. However, some Colleges don't permit Organ Scholars to study certain subjects (usually in the sciences, as lab times often conflict with rehearsal and Evensong) and these are indicated in the Course restrictions column.

What vacancies are there?

The following is accurate at the time of being published online. However, from time to time the individual circumstances of any given College may change and potential candidates are advised to check the site regularly in case the list of scholarships changes for any reason.

College Vacancies for 2025 and 2026 entry Course restrictions
Christ's 2025 only Not available for Architecture, Computer Science, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Churchill 2025 and 2026 Not available for Land Economy, Theology, Religious Studies and Philosophy of Religion
Clare 2026 only No restrictions
Corpus Christi 2026 only Not available for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine
Downing* 2025 or 2026 (see below) No restrictions
Emmanuel 2026 only Not available for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Computer Science, Engineering, Land Economy, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Veterinary Medicine
Fitzwilliam 2026 only No restrictions
Girton 2025 and 2026 Not available for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine
Gonville and Caius 2026 only No restrictions
Homerton 2025 only No restrictions
Hughes Hall n/a Organ Scholarships not available at this College.
Jesus 2025 and 2026 Not available for Education, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine
King's 2025 and 2026 Not available for Veterinary Medicine, Architecture, Medicine, Education, Land Economy
Lucy Cavendish n/a Organ Scholarships not available at this College
Magdalene 2026 only No restrictions
Murray Edwards n/a Organ Scholarships not available at this College
Newnham n/a Organ Scholarships not available at this College
Pembroke 2026 only Not available for Education, Geography
Peterhouse 2026 only Not available for Education, Geography, Veterinary Medicine
Queens' 2026 only Not available for Archaeology, Medicine, Philosophy, Veterinary Medicine
Robinson No vacancies No restrictions
St Catharine's No vacancies Not available for Architecture, History of Art, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine
St Edmund's n/a Organ Scholarships not available at this College
St John's 2025 and 2026 Not available for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Natural Science.
Selwyn No vacancies No restrictions
Sidney Sussex 2026 only Not available for Education
Trinity No vacancies Not available for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine
Trinity Hall* 2025 or 2026 Not available for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine
Wolfson n/a Organ Scholarships not available at this College

*Both Downing and Trinity Hall have only ONE vacancy but a successful candidate could start in either 2025 or 2026.

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Contact

Mr Andrew Arthur
Organ Scholarships Co-ordinator
Director of Music
Trinity Hall
Cambridge CB2 1TJ
T 01223 332549
E organsch@group.cam.ac.uk

Organ Scholarship Open Day

PDF icon Draft open day timetable 2024

Our next Organ Scholarship Open Day will be on Tuesday 5 March 2024. Applications have now closed.