Nalini Perera Little Lotus Classical Music Scholarship (762200102838)



Nalini Perera Little Lotus Classical Music scholarship


Nalini Perera obtained an Intermediate Certificate from the Royal Institute of British Architects, London, and then earned a BA in Architecture and Planning and a MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Also, she won the gold medal in classical piano from the Trinity College of Music, London, and performed concerts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Furthermore, she was awarded paid internships to the Mayor's Office in Manhattan and at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research in New York.

After working as an architectural designer with a private firm in Ottawa, she embarked on a 40-year career with the private and public sectors. At the National Capital Commission, she worked as an Urban Design Planner; then, at the department now known as Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, she held the positions of Manager, Planning and Review Manitoba Region, and later Director, Corporate Planning and Evaluation. At the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), she worked as a Country Program Analyst, where she discussed programming, planning and implementation with the governments of Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Also, while at the Canadian Partnership Branch of CIDA, she managed teams who liaised with non-governmental organizations and oversaw programs such as youth exchanges, scholarships, and environmental and climate change. As well, she led branch strategic planning coordination and reviews.

The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize excellence in classical music performance, in piano, string instruments, wind instruments or voice, by a graduate or undergraduate level student(s) at the School of Music, by providing an opportunity to acquire knowledge skills, experiential learning and cultural awareness internationally, under the guidance of a master performer at an elite musical institution, university and/or orchestra in Europe, Russia, the United Kingdom or the United States of America (virtually or in-person), and thereby be well-endowed to launch their career and compete professionally.


Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

1. be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a person with the protected/refugee status;

2. be registered (at the time of the application) as a full-time student in the M.Mus. program, the graduate diploma in music performance program, the B.Mus. program or the B.Mus./B.Sc. program at the School of Music in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ottawa; and

3. demonstrate excellence in classical music performance, in piano, string instruments, wind instruments or voice.

Value of the award(s): $1,500 - $8,500

Number of awards: Variable

Frequency of the award: Annual

Level or program of study: Graduate or Undergraduate

Application contact: School of Music

Application deadline: April 20


Applications must be made through Online Scholarships and Bursaries, which can be accessed through the uoZone portal, and should include:

1. a proposal/description of the studies to be undertaken virtually or in-person (study with a mentor or research project), including the duration (maximum 8 weeks) and a budget plan; and

2. a written confirmation from the mentor or from a recognized music institute, including the project details and duration.