Bursary funds

ESTA UK has set up three special funds in memory of gifted teachers who contributed greatly to the formation and work of the organisation.

Bursaries are only ever awarded to full members of ESTA UK or the pupils of teachers who are full 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


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


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 31st 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 full member of ESTA UK for more than a year. The decision of the ESTA Bursary Committee is final.