Joseph and Melitta Kandler Scholarship

An annual scholarship of $2750 has been endowed for a B.Mus. student in third or fourth year, or for a graduate student in the School of Music, to assist with the cost of pursuing advanced music training or research outside of Canada through a program of study approved by the School. The application deadline is April 23rd, 2019. Auditions will be held on May 4th.




The Joseph and Melitta Kandler Scholarship is available for advanced study of music outside of Canada. A scholarship of approximately $2750 (or in the updated amount allocated by the University Endowment Fund) is offered annually. Applicants should propose programs of study for countries other than Austria; students wishing to study in Austria should apply for the Johann Strauss Foundation Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Scholarship.

The purpose of the Kandler scholarship is to facilitate active participation in a program (or programs) of at least two weeks total duration, such as summer courses or a regular academic term. Scholarship funds may be used to cover only the following expenses:

  • Tuition fees and other expenses directly related to an approved study project

  • Travel expenses

  • Living expenses during the approved study project

As the scholarship may not cover the total cost of the study project, it may need to be supplemented by personal funds or by an internal or external grant. Applicants are expected to raise the additional funds required for the project.

How to Apply

Applications must be received by April 23rd, 2019, together with proper documentary evidence of the applicant’s educational and musical qualifications. Application forms are available for download in PDF format, or printed copies may be obtained from the UBC School of Music reception desk on request. A resumé should accompany the application.

Performance applicants must submit a repertoire list of 6 or more works of contrasting style. Auditions/interviews will be held on May 4th, 2019, and each performer will be asked to perform three or four selections. A short interview will follow the audition, to explore the applicant’s study proposal and evaluate their professional intentions and financial needs.

Composition and research applicants should submit a selected portfolio with between two and four samples of relevant work. Interviews will be held on May 4th, 2019, to explore the applicant’s study proposal and evaluate their professional intentions and financial needs.

Applicants should examine course information available on the websites of the institutions of study. Prior contact with an institution and/or teacher and presentation of a detailed plan of study for discussion at the audition/interview are recommended. Applicants should propose a specific selection of courses and dates at one or more institutions. If a scholarship is awarded, it must be used for the project and for the period of study approved by the Audition Board.


Written applications are invited from advanced students in music who are:

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents;

  • Enrolled full-time in the B.Mus. program (third or fourth year), or in any graduate program in the UBC School of Music at the time of application;

  • Intend to pursue a professional career in music;

  • Demonstrate financial need.

Applicants must also meet the minimum requirements for scholarship eligibility at UBC, established by the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Awards. During the preceding academic year:

  • They must have been a full-time student (at UBC or their former institution);

  • They must not have failed any courses;

  • They must have maintained an overall average of at least 75%.

Past scholarship winners may reapply once only, provided the applicant:

  • Continues to meet all requirements;

  • Demonstrates continued artistic and professional progress.


Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following factors, appropriately balanced according to the nature of their proposed study project:

  • An interview (all applicants), an audition (performance students), and a selected portfolio of work (composers and researchers);

  • Past artistic achievements and future professional intentions;

  • Nature and length of their proposed program of study;

  • Financial need.

Audition Board

The Audition Board of varying membership composed of independent experts in music is vested with complete responsibility for:

  • The artistic evaluation of the candidates and of the feasibility of their project;

  • The decision regarding the award.

The Audition Board requires all applicants to participate in the interview, and (for performance projects) to perform an audition. The maturity and achievements of the applicant, the merits of the study proposal, and (for performance projects) the level demonstrated during the audition, are taken into account in a balance appropriate to the individual nature of the applicant’s proposed project.

In the event that the Audition Board cannot find an eligible applicant and suitable proposal from among the Kandler Scholarship applications, the Board may consider for the Kandler Scholarship any applications for study in Austria made to the Johann Strauss Foundation's Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Scholarship.

Successful Applicants

Successful applicants are required to:

  • Make their own travel, study, and living arrangements;

  • Sign a letter indicating their understanding and acceptance of the responsibilities resulting from their acceptance of the scholarship;

  • Within 60 days of their return provide the UBC School of Music with written proof of their acceptance into, and completion of, the respective program from the relevant institution, as well as a summary statement of expenses incurred;

  • Within 60 days of their return provide the UBC School of Music with a personally written report, for the benefit of future scholarship winners, outlining the results of the project, positive and negative experiences, and impressions from all aspects of the project, including musical life, cultural environment in general, and local conditions;

  • Return to the UBC School of Music any funds not used for the purposes intended;

  • If requested, participate without fee in a public recital organized annually by the School of Music for the benefit of the Scholarship Fund and for the encouragement of future applicants.

Successful applicants are expected to acquire, prior to departure, an adequate knowledge of the appropriate language of instruction if the study project is not to be conducted in English.

About the Scholarship

Established by Maurice Danby Copithorne (Q.C., LL.D. Honoris Causa, UBC), former Canadian Ambassador to Austria, and Tamako Yagai, the first Japanese exchange student to attend UBC, with matching funds from the School of Music, the award honours Joseph and Melitta Kandler’s immeasurable contributions to music and to fostering enduring ties between Canada and Austria. The award is made on the recommendation of the School.

Individuals or institutions who wish to contribute to this scholarship fund may contact Dr. Richard Kurth, Director of the UBC School of Music. (Telephone: 604-822-2079. Email:

* The exact value of the scholarship may vary slightly, depending on the allocation from the University Endowment Fund.

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