Musici Trust Grants for Research on Early Music

The Musici Trust invites applications for small grants (which will not usually exceed £250) to underwrite the costs incurred in research on early music (to 1600).  Examples of expenses eligible for consideration include (but are not limited to) the cost of purchasing images of sources; of travel and accommodation on research trips to libraries and archives; and costs of research assistance (library or bibliographical help, the setting of music examples or other computer work, translation costs for publications, etc.). Awards cannot be made for payments related to performance, to conference attendance, or for expenses for keynote speakers.


Applications will be accepted from students, from unsalaried/independent scholars, and from others without institutional research support. Because the Trust is registered in the UK, awards will be made in GBP, but applications are welcome from citizens of any country, whether or not they are resident in the UK.

Application process

Applications will be accepted throughout the year, though the Trust reserves the right not to make any awards. Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their request within two months of submitting the proposal.

Grants cannot be used to cover costs incurred prior to the date of application. However, if costs will unavoidably be incurred between the date of application and the date of any favourable decision by the Trustees, these costs may be covered.

Applications should include a statement of up to 500 words explaining the nature of the research for which support is requested; an itemised budget; and an indication of whether funding applications are being made to other organisations. The Trust reserves the right to ask an applicant for further materials before making a decision.

All required materials should be collated into a single pdf file, and submitted as an email attachment to The subject-line of the email should be in the format, ‘[Candidate’s name], application materials’.

The Musici Trust is Registered Charity no. 1148860 and was established in 2012 to advance education by promoting and supporting research into early music and publishing and disseminating its useful results.

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