Small research grants

Research grants of up to £250 each are available annually for student members of the RMA (or members of RMA student groups) and member scholars with no access to institutional support. Typical expenses might include travel and accommodation costs to research trips, participation at conferences, festivals and workshops, research or publication costs. These grants incorporate the Frank Howes Memorial Fund.

Click here for information on how to apply. Applications and supporting letters should be received by 31 January each year.


Louise Dyer Award

Students working on British music should note that small research grants are also available from Musica Britannica’s Louise Dyer fund.  Applications are sought by means of circulars to heads of departments sent annually during the autumn term. Awards are announced in January.


Recipients in 2017

  • The Fellowes Research Grant has been awarded to Nuria Bonet (Plymouth University) for travel to archives in London and Oxford for research on Chinese and Korean mechanised shawms.
  • The Goldsborough Research Grant has been awarded to James Burke (University of Oxford) for travel and accommodation costs for presenting a paper at the RMA Annual Conference in Liverpool in September 2017.
  • The Howes Research Grant has been awarded to Ian Costabile (University of Liverpool) for equipment to create sound panels, comprised of an array of speakers and a compact multichannel system hidden behind a monochrome canvas, to facilitate compositional research.
  • The Oldman Research Grant has been awarded to Luca Danieli (University of Birmingham) to present a paper at the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network conference, Nagoya City University, Japan, in September 2017.
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Jeremy Coleman (University of Aberdeen) to cover expenses relating to a two-week visit to undertake archival work at research at the Staatsbibliothek, Berlin, during summer 2017.
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Melissa Gerber-Venter (University of the Free State) to present a paper at the annual conference of the South African Society for Research in Music, taking place at North-West University, Potchefstroom during summer 2017.
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Amanda Hsieh (University of Toronto) to present a paper at the conference ‘Rethinking the Dynamics of Musical Nationalism’, University of Amsterdam, in September 2017.
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Alexander Kolassa (independent) for image reproduction permissions fees and related publication costs for an edited collection focusing on how early music is represented in a range of popular media, including TV, film, video games, and contemporary British opera.
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Yvonne Liao (King’s College London) for travel and subsistence costs relating to archival research on Western opera theatres in Shanghai, at the Xujiahui Library and the Municipal Archives.
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Giles Masters (Kings College London) to present a paper at the conference ‘Rethinking the Dynamics of Musical Nationalism’, University of Amsterdam, in September 2017.
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Sarah Mawby (University of Leeds) to present a paper at the Research in Music Education (RIME) conference, Bath Spa University, in April 2017.
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Ryan Humphrey (Sunderland University) for equipment and travel to undertake fieldwork researching the impact of early years music sessions on foster carers and foster children.
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Daria Tkachuk (St. Petersburg State University) to present a paper at the Musical Cultures conference in Hull in April 2017.

Click here for a list of previous recipients.