The Carmel Kaine Scholarship has been established to assist young Australian string players to further their study in the united kingdom. This may be as part of an undergraduate/postgraduate degree or for private lessons or auditions.

Maximum value: $1,00

Applications closed for 2020.

Can I apply?

To be eligible you must:

  • Be currently studying strings in an undergraduate or postgraduate (by coursework) degree at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU)
  • have a GPA of 5.5 or above
  • be willing to travel to, and undertake tuition in, the United Kingdom
  • Not previously been awarded the Carmel Kaine Scholarship
  • Be Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or a person who holds an Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visa (or its equivalent)

What do I include in my application?

To be considered for this scholarship you must complete the following sections within the application:

Study details

  • Program – to verify current study and achievements including GPA


  • Referee details – obtain a reference from a member of the QCGU string faculty (optional but preferred)

Personal background

  • Income and expenditure


Personal statements

  • Career goals and aims – outline your career ambitions and your plans for travel to study in United Kingdom.
  • Scholarship benefit – How will this bursary benefit you and your success in university?

You should upload the following in the supporting documentation section. (Please use only the following formats: PDF, Word, jpeg or Excel. We can only guarantee these formats will be accepted)

  • Details of your travel and study plans in United Kingdom, such as travel plans, such as flight bookings, travel itinerary, or acceptance letter for study in United Kingdom.

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Maximum value is $1,000, paid in one instalment, provided conditions are met. Payment is made on confirmation of travel plans, refer Terms and Conditions.

Sponsor details

Carmel Kaine was born in Wagga Wagga NSW where she began her violin lessons at the age of 5 at the Mt Erin Convent. She graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at 17 with the prize for the most outstanding student.

After spending a year in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra she went to London on a Caird Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Fredrick Grinke. Here she won three violin prizes and a violin scholarship in her first year. Carmel went on to win the Dove Scholarship, which enabled her to further her studies with Ivan Galamian at The Julliard School NY where she was awarded a violin Fellowship and attended the prestigious Meadowmount Summer School. In 1967 Carmel won first prize in the Vienna International Violin Competition.

A busy career in London followed as a soloist, chamber musician, member of the English Chamber Orchestra and founding member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Her solo recordings of Vivaldi’s La Stravaganza with ASMF won a Grand Prix du Disque and a Rosette award in the Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music.

In 1977 Carmel became a professor at the RAM and in 1983 was made a Fellow. She was also invited to teach by Yehuidi Menuhin at his School in Surrey. In 1990 Carmel took up the Senior Lecturer position at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she was Head of Department for five years. Carmel founded the Queensland Conservatorium Soloists, which raised over $30,000 for the String Department. She was instrumental in the organisation of master classes by imminent musicians as Igor Oistrakh, Ivry Gitlis, Jamie Laredo, Cho Lang Lin, Yehuidi Menuhin and Pinchas Zukermann.

On moving back to the UK in 2005 Carmel taught privately and also at The Purcell School, Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department, Canterbury Christchurch and held master classes at the Royal Academy of Music.

Carmel was a totally dedicated teacher to which her many students will testify and was committed to helping all of them reach their full potential.  She always referred to those early Scholarships and was so thankful for the opportunities they enabled. It is our hope that this Scholarship in her name will continue to help young Australian string players along the path to success.

  • The scholarship monies are to be utilised by the recipient within twelve months of being awarded or the scholarship will be forfeit.
  • The monies must be allocated towards the cost of tuition, travel, accommodation or travel associated living expenses in, to and from the United Kingdom.
  • The recipient must provide acceptable evidence of United Kingdom travel plans, such as flight bookings, travel itinerary, or acceptance letter for study prior to receiving the scholarship payment.
  • The recipient’s travel may be postponed by up to 12 months due to extenuating circumstances substantiated by a medical certificate. Thereafter any outstanding scholarship monies will be forfeited and reinvested in the capital.

The decision to award this bursary will be based on excellence, benefit and need. References will be sought from QCGU faculty.

Applications, including any supporting documentation, must be completed and submitted by the closing date.

Offers are made via email.

Applicants may be shortlisted and be required to provide additional information.

Griffith University reserves the right to withdraw an advertised scholarship at any time.