Financial aid

The Fine Arts advisor can help you make essential decisions about your academic career
The Fine Arts advisor can help you make essential decisions about your academic career

Dollars and sense

As university graduates ourselves, we realize the financial pressures that come with post-secondary education. That’s why the Faculty of Fine Arts is proud to offer more scholarships and bursaries than any other UVic faculty, in addition to participating in various university-wide funding initiatives. School of Music students receive more than $250,000 in scholarships and bursaries each year!

Most scholarships are awarded by recommendation of the faculty, but a few also require students to apply. In such cases, the faculty will notify students that they have been nominated for a particular award. 

School of Music and faculty awards

The School of Music and Faculty of Fine Arts have its own series of awards and scholarships. 

UVic entrance scholarships and awards

Most funding and financial aid (including work study) are managed and provided by the University.

Each year, UVic awards more than $3.5 million in entrance scholarships to undergraduate students who are new to the university. Scholarships are non-repayable and are awarded mainly on the basis of a student's academic excellence. There are also scholarships specifically for  international studentsIndigenous students and  students with disabilities

All entering students must meet certain academic and admission requirements to be eligible for any UVic entrance scholarships. Please check the  admission requirements for more information, and visit UVic’s Financial Aid page for  application requirements.

There are also  in-course scholarships and awards, which do not require an application (unless otherwise specified) and are awarded on the basis of academic merit or department nomination.  

Further funding opportunities

Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award

Each year, Fine Arts is proud to support students applying for the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards. The JCURAs are designed to provide support for exceptional undergraduate students who might otherwise not be able to obtain a direct research experience as a part of what we anticipate should be a truly formative learning experience.

Work study

The work study program is funded by the UVic's Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) office and provides additional financial assistance through on-campus part-time employment opportunities to students with financial need.

School of Music positions include:

  • Concert Assistant (usher)
  • Recording Technician
  • Live Streaming Technician
  • Stage Manager for the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall
  • Stage Manager for Orchestra & Wind Symphony
  • Large Ensemble Librarian
  • Social Media Assistant

Bursaries and external awards

UVic students can also receive financial assistance through bursaries and a number of external awards for specific affiliations or areas of study. 

Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarships

The Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarships are available for advanced study of music at specified public or private institutions in Austria listed in the brochure below.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Audition date: Saturday, January 20, 2024

Johann Strauss Foundation Info
Johann Strauss Foundation Application


Fine Arts offers co-op program options in every department, where students can alternate their university terms with paid co-op terms working in organizations relevant to their area of study. This allows students to gain valuable work experience, build competencies and make professional connections while funding their education.

To learn more about co-op opportunities contact the Humanities, Fine Arts and Professional Writing Co-op Office.

Graduate student funding

  • Funding varies by department for graduate students, so be sure to connect with the graduate advisor in your area.
  • University of Victoria Fellowships are awarded annually by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. To be considered for a fellowship, students must submit an application to Graduate Studies before the fellowship deadline. A minimum GPA average of 7.0 (UVic scale = approx. A- average, or 80%) in your last two undergraduate years and in every graduate year is required.
  • Numerous scholarships and bursaries are administered through Graduate Studies. 
  • Teaching Assistantships are available for graduate students. Normally positions are offered to students in the first two years of their graduate program. Positions range from 80 to 110 hours ($2000–$2500 per term).
  • Please see the Canada Council for the Arts to find out if you are eligible for grants.