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.
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.
Scholars benefit from a scholarship, mentoring, a range of tailored supports.
Prospective students must apply before January 31st of the year of entry. Full details, including how to apply, can be found at the Ad Astra website here.
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.
Incoming UCD students may apply for audition and interview which are held in September of each year. For further information and application details see www.ucd.ie/choralscholars
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.
Incoming UCD students may apply for audition and interview which are held in September of each year. For further information and application details see www.ucd.ie/orchestra