Hugh Brandon Scholarship


Enrolment status Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
HDR funding type Travel Scholarship
Scholarship value $4,000
Opening date 28 October 2019
Closing date 30 November 2019


The scholarship supports higher degree by research candidates in the field of music who are committed to making an ongoing contribution to the musical life of Queensland to undertake advanced study overseas in choral conducting, instrumental conducting, or organ performance.  The scholarship will be offered once every two years.

The scholarship was established by contributions from colleagues, friends and former students in honour of Hugh Earle Brandon, BMus, LRAM, FTCL, AASA.  Hugh Brandon (1906-1984) was a staff member of the University of Queensland from 1945 to 1973. During that time, he was the inaugural Head of the Department of Music from 1955 to 1966, and Dean of the Faculty of Music in 1970.

Hugh Earle Brandon, inaugural Head of the Department of Music, 1955 to 1966

Hugh was responsible for reviving the Queensland University Musical Society following the Second World War, and conducted that choir from 1950 until 1965, when he became patron. Hugh was the first recipient of the Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Queensland when he was awarded an honorary degree in 1970.

Over his long career Hugh Brandon worked tirelessly throughout Queensland for improved standards in music, and made a significant contribution to the musical life of Queensland through his work at the University, as an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board (1941-1984), as Conductor of the Brisbane Bach Choir (1931-1946), and as Organist and Choirmaster at St Andrew’s Presbyterian (now Uniting) Church, Creek Street, Brisbane (1945-1978).

More information about Hugh is available in the Australian Dictionary of Biography and in Hugh Brandon: His Contribution to Musical Life in Brisbane by Lucille Schloss.

Following his retirement, friends and colleagues established the Hugh Brandon Prize, which was awarded for the first time in 1980 and most recently in 2015.


An applicant is eligible for the award of a scholarship in a year if, in that year:

  • the applicant is a confirmed higher degree by research candidate committed to undertaking advanced study overseas in organ performance, choral conducting, or instrumental conducting; and
  • the applicant is a citizen or permanent resident of Australia.; and
  • the scholarship is being offered.
Applications are closed.

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How to apply

Please submit a completed application form to by no later than 30 November 2019.

Selection criteria

The Head of School of Music will rank applicants based on:

  • The merit of the applicant’s proposed use of the scholarship to travel overseas; and
  • The significance and relevance of the proposed use of the scholarship to the applicant’s higher degree by research candidature; and
  • The applicant’s ability and achievement in practical performance; and
  • The proposed use of the scholarship to lead to a significant contribution to the musical life of Queensland; and
  • Any other matters the selection committee considers to be relevant to the applicant’s future development.
Applications are closed.


School of Music
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

All philanthropic scholarship recipients must adhere to the conditions of UQ research and travel scholarships, including reporting and progress requirements.

Holders of philanthropic scholarships must acknowledge the scholarship in any paper that is published as a result of the research conducted while the recipient held the scholarship.

Donors may also require the recipient to present on the work conducted as part of the scholarship.

Recipients will be invited to give a public organ or conducting performance upon return from their travel.

Applications are closed.