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Mills Williams Junior Fellowship

Ana Alves
Mills Williams Junior Fellows receive an award that makes a substantial contribution to their course fees and living costs. Holders of this award are considered members of the team of junior fellows and will be expected to participate fully in RCM life.

The Mills Williams Junior Fellowship is only available to students on the Artist Diploma (ArtDip) in Performance programme and cannot be held for more than one year.

All junior and collaborative accompaniment fellows hold a unique position at the Royal College of Music. They are expected to develop musical and communication skills by undertaking further intensive study, working with other students internally and doing all they can to raise the profile of the RCM externally. All fellows work in close contact with the Creative Careers Centre, the RCM’s centre for professional skills and publicity services.

Applications are now open

Applications for 2019-20 fellowships are now open. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday 4 February 2019.


Current Mills Williams Junior Fellow

Ana Teresa de Braga e Alves, viola

Ana Teresa Alves started learning the viola in Portugal at the age of five with Dirio Alves, concluding high school with distinction Academic, Music and Artistic Merit Awards in 2012.

Recently she has concluded her Masters in Performance Degree, with Distinction, at the Royal College of Music as an RCM scholar supported by the Hilary Fabian Award and George Thorton Award, holder of a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award and St Marylebone Education Foundation Scholarship under the supervision of Andriy Viytovych.

Previously in 2016 Ana concluded her Bachelor of Music Degree (Honours), First Class, on the same establishment under the supervision of Jonathan Barritt and Ian Jewel.

Ana has performed extensively solo and with orchestra in the most renowned halls in Portugal and London as well as in Switzerland as part of the Cully Classique Musique Festival and in Italy as part of the Lucca Classica Music Festival. As a founding member of the Arcos Quartet Ana Teresa has participated in residencies in England and France as well as festivals in Italy and England. Ana’s learning process as a musician also includes numerous masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Lawrence Power, Maxym Rysanov, Jennifer Stumm and Thomas Riebl; the Youth Orchestra of Portugal; major conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington, Bernard Haitink and Vladimir Ashkenazy, solo performances with Portuguese Orchestras, 1st Prizes in the National Portuguese Competitions, the Annual Piano Chamber Competition and String Quartet Competition at the RCM, as well as the Boconnoc Music Award. Ana is also a regular member of Orquestra XXI, an orchestra that gathers together Portuguese musicians that work/study abroad.

Ana was selected to play the Howells Elegy Op.15 solo with the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and was also chosen for the English National Opera Scheme and Royal Philharmonic Scheme.


The funding for the junior fellowships includes a substantial sum to be put towards the course fees, usually the full Home/EU fees, plus a bursary in the region of £7,200. These figures should be taken into account when planning your budget.


Applicants from outside the EU should note that they are required to indicate on their application what evidence they can show to prove their right to be in the UK for 2019/20.

The programme of study for junior fellows is determined by the structure of the Artist Diploma in Performance course, which is based on one-to-one provision and practical project work, tailored to your particular career aspirations.

Final examination for the Artist Diploma in Performance takes the form of a concert, recital engagement or concerto performance.

Junior fellowship funds may also be used for tuition in related areas of study, such as coaching on other areas of repertoire, language study, related instruments and costs associated with starting out in the profession.

As a junior fellow working with other RCM students you will be required to:

  • Lead, coach, direct, inform and work with RCM performers and composers
  • Provide advice, contacts, and examples of career development which should help current students
  • Live in Greater London and be based at the RCM and normally be on site at least three days a week in term time
  • Organise and/or become involved in projects and activities which enable you to work with current RCM students
  • Attend special events as RCM representatives, contributing to these as requested


Applicants should already have successfully completed formal studies at a level equivalent to a postgraduate diploma or degree or be completing these studies in the academic year in which the application is made. Applications will be considered from those with equivalent experience.

Applicants need to be able to demonstrate substantial successful experience in their specialism, the motivation and determination to continue intensive studies, and the desire to develop their skills by working regularly with other musicians within and outside the RCM.

If you are not an EU resident, you must obtain permission to be in the UK from the UK Border Agency in order to hold a fellowship. Students on the Artist Diploma programme at the Royal College of Music are eligible for Tier 4 (General) Student Visas.

Find out more about visa applications

These conditions are set by the UK Government and can change. Please ensure you visit their website for the most up-to-date information.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is Monday 4 February 2019.

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio supported by a letter of application, which should indicate your suitability for the fellowship and your readiness to present yourself as an emerging professional.

Your application should contain:

  • Letter of application addressed to the Director, including confirmation of permission to be in the UK and stating clearly that you wish to apply for a unior fellowship
  • Curriculum vitae and biography of c200 words
  • Proposal for a programme of personal study
  • A budget outline. For budgetary purposes, you should assume that the bursary for living costs is £7,200
  • A recording of a recent performance
  • A publicity photograph

Find out more about portfolio contents

Applicants interested in this junior fellowship must complete a two-part application process, which consists of:


  • An application portfolio (see below).

Applicants who have not applied for both components by the closing date will not be considered for this junior fellowship.

Full-time students going into their second year of study may also apply, and will need to specify in their application that they are applying for their second year of the programme.

Please note that the junior fellowships for students on the Artist Diploma in Performance programme are not renewable, and may be held for one year only.

Submitting your portfolio

You should submit your portfolio online through the RCM submission portal. The information you upload to the portal does not constitute your entire application, but does form an integral part of it. You should ensure you have provided everything that is required. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

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When using the submission portal you will be asked to create a user name and password, and to provide an email address. You should select 'junior fellow' from the list of programmes and the appropriate principal study instrument. There are no restrictions to the file size or type.

If you experience any problems uploading your portfolio please contact Lizzie Sambrook.

Lizzie Sambrook

Assistant to the Artistic Director & Events Coordinator

020 7591 4370

Shortlisting and interviews

Shortlisting for junior fellowships will take place once the RCM’s audition process is complete, which is usually in February. Only students offered a place on the Artist Diploma in Performance will be considered.

Interviews for the Mills Williams Junior Fellowship will be held on Friday 15 March 2019.

Please note that interviews will be held at the office of the Mills Williams Trustees.

Monro Wright & Wasbrough LLP
7-8 Great James Street
London WC1N 3DF

Should you be invited to interview, you will be required to bring original documentation (visa, passport or leave to remain in the UK) confirming that you have permission to be in the UK.

In your interview you will be required to:

  • Meet and talk with a panel
  • Discuss the contents of your portfolio and your achievements to date
  • Expand on any of the information in your portfolio in light of developments since applying
  • Discuss experience and career plans and suggest ways in which you would like to contribute to the work of the RCM
  • Present a short extract of not more than five minutes from your submitted recording and be prepared to discuss your performance(s) as an instrumentalist. Key selection criteria will include your ability to evaluate this in terms of strengths and weaknesses, as well as your development to date and future goals 

Results will be conveyed as soon as possible after the interviews have taken place.

If you are expected to perform on the day of the interview, you will be notified in advance.

Conditions for successful applicants

As Mills Williams Junior Fellow you will be expected to:

  • Include reference to the award in your CV and in any biographical notes accompanying appearances
  • Produce a short written report on activities undertaken to date by the end of each term
  • Keep trustees and sponsors informed on a regular basis of opportunities to attend performances or events in which you are involved