Sunnuz Sarah Taheri Graduate Award in Fine Arts


Sunnuz Sarah Taheri



The Sunnuz Sarah Taheri Graduate Award in Fine Arts is awarded annually to students enrolled full-time in an MA or PhD program within the Department of Music in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design. Recipients must demonstrate financial need, outstanding academic merit, artistic excellence, and a focus in one of the following areas: musical performance, performance studies, or composition. Recipients must also demonstrate their work's connection to performance/performing arts. Preference will be given to students studying vocal performance.

Passionate about performing and making music since her childhood, Sunnuz Sarah Taheri had diverse tastes in musical styles including classical, jazz, soul, hip hop and more. Sunnuz sacrificed much of her short life so she could play music and sing. She also took an active role on issues relating to the environment, global conflicts, culture and furthering women's rights. The Sunnuz Sarah Taheri Graduate Award in the Fine Arts was established in Sunnuz's memory to help music and arts students to realize their full potential; she would wish them happiness and joy in their journey.

Award Value

The value and number of award(s) in any given year will depend on the rate of distribution from the endowment fund and the number of recipients selected

  • Non-renewable

Number of awards to be issued: 2


  • full-time in an MA or PhD program within the Department of Music
  • Domestic and international students are both eligible for this scholarship
  • Applicant's work must have music performance/performing arts focus
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need


  • TBA for 2022 academic year

How to Apply

  • Updated CV
  • A statement detailing your academic areas of study or performance and career plans, your work's connection to music performance and/or the performing arts, and how this award will support and enable your work and plans
  • A letter from your supervisor/potential supervisor
  • Transcripts from the last two years (unofficial copy)
  • Student Financial Profile (fill out online here)