Performing Arts

UCD is home to some exceptionally talented students who are pursuing an academic degree while striving for excellence in their artistic discipline. Read more about our scholarships to support musical, vocal and acting talent through the schemes listed below.

Ad Astra Performing Arts Scholars

The Ad Astra Academy is an initiative designed to recognise and nurture exceptional students in academia, sports and the performing arts. Scholars benefit from a scholarship, mentoring, a range of tailored supports.

The Ad Astra Performing Arts programme offers opportunities to students who excel in music or drama and who wish to develop their performance talents while pursuing a degree in UCD. Current students must apply before January 31st each year. Full details, including how to apply, can be found at

UCD Choral Scholars

This is a scholarship-only ensemble of 18 singers which performs regularly in concert, at college events, on radio and television, tours and competes internationally on behalf of UCD and undertakes a high level of training activities with guest artists. UCD Choral Scholars have toured Holland, Luxembourg, the UK, Hungary and Italy. Bursaries are made to successful applicants.

Current UCD students may apply for audition and interview which are held in September of each year. For further information and application details see

UCD Symphony Orchestra Scholars

UCD Symphony Orchestra Scholarships are awarded to talented students in key positions within UCD Symphony Orchestra. These scholars join other talented students in major performances at home and on tour with professional musicians and conductors. A regular highlight of the annual schedule is a concert at the National Concert Hall. These students also perform together as UCD Orchestral Scholars on occasion during the academic year.

Current UCD students may apply for audition and interview which are held in September of each year. For further information and application details see

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Terms and conditions apply. The value, number and benefits of scholarships may vary from year to year.

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