Bursary funds

ESTA UK has set up four special funds in memory of four gifted teachers who contributed greatly to the teaching and playing of string instruments.

The 2024 sponsors supporting the bursary funds are;
Hidersine & The Tertis Foundation

Bursaries are only ever awarded to current Full Professional, Young Professional, Overseas Professional or Student members of ESTA UK
(click here to join ESTA UK)
or to the pupils of teachers who are current members of ESTA UK.

The Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund (JDCMF)

Joan Dickson photo

  • For children wishing to attend a chamber music course

  • For teachers wishing to set up a chamber music project for children

CLICK HERE for more details of JDCMF bursaries

DONATE to the JDCMF

The Sheila Nelson Stringwise Fund (SNSF)

Sheila Nelson

  • For teachers wishing to further their knowledge of the methodologies of Sheila Nelson and Paul Rolland and those with a special interest in group teaching.

CLICK HERE for more details of SNSF grants

DONATE to the SNSF

The ESTA Tertis Viola Fund (ETVF)

Lionel Tertis

  • For children wishing to develop skills as a viola player
  • For teachers wishing to provide opportunities for viola players

CLICK HERE for more details of ETVF grants

DONATE to the ETVF

Application deadlines:

October 13th 2023 for courses October 2023 – November 2023
November 30th 2023 for courses December 2023 – March 2024
February 29th 2024 for courses April 2024 – June 2024
May 10th 2024 for courses July 2024 – September 2024
September 15th 2024 for courses October 2024 – November 2024

Applications will not be considered until after the application deadline. Late applications may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Where a course starts at the end of one month and finishes in the next month, the start date of the course is the date that determines the deadline. Successful applicants will be notified within 2-4 weeks of the application deadline. Preference may be given to teachers who have been a member* of ESTA UK for more than a year. The decision of the ESTA Bursary Committee is final.

*Bursaries are only ever awarded to current Full Professional, Young Professional, Overseas Professional or Student members of ESTA UK or to the pupils of teachers who are current members of ESTA UK.