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.

Eligibility

These grants incorporate the Frank Howes Memorial Fund.

  • RMA student members (or members of RMA student groups) and member scholars with no access to institutional support are invited to apply.
  • Grants are awarded competitively, and where necessary, preference may be given to applicants who were not in receipt of an award in the previous calendar year.
  • Applications for expenses relating to an event that has already occurred at the time of application will not be considered, but applications for expenses relating to an event that occurs between submission of the application and its consideration are acceptable (as are those relating to events after the time of consideration).

Deadline

There are two deadlines each year, 31 January and 31 May. Your application and supporting documents must arrive by the deadline to be considered.

Applications for expenses relating to an event that has already occurred at the time of application will not be considered, but applications for expenses relating to an event that occurs between submission of the application and its consideration are acceptable (as are those relating to events after the time of consideration).

How to Apply

Applications are made directly via email to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Pauline Fairclough: . State your name and “RMA application” in the email subject header. The application consists of two separate parts:

1. The application by, no longer than three pages of A4, including:

  • a brief CV with name, address, email address and educational history;
  • a description of the research intended and the reason for doing it;
  • an itemized budget;
  • a note of any awards received or applied for in connection with the present project.

2. A letter of support from the applicant’s supervisor, advisor, or mentor. Letters of support should be sent directly from the referee. For student applicants, the referee should usually be the supervisor. As with the application itself, we prefer to receive these via email (as an attachment, with the applicant name in the subject header).

Recipients in 2019

  • The Fellowes Research Grant has been awarded to Emma Cavanagh for a research trip
  • The Goldsborough Research Grant has been awarded to Kaho Inoue to attend the Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference
  • The Howes Research Grant has been awarded to Ellen Falconer for a research trip
  • The Oldman Research Grant has been awarded to Kelvin Lee to attend and deliver a paper at the RMA Annual Conference
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Jessica Blaise Ward to attend RMA Student Conference
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to James Lipka for a research trip to Paris
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Guilia Monducci to undertake research in Tokyo
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Frankie Perry for a research trip to Basel
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Nico de Villiers to attend a conference in Tblisi
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Yuki Tampo-Hinton for a lecture-recital in Hong Kong
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Percy Leung for a research trip to Vienna
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Silvia Rosani for a research trip to Salzburg
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Tadhg Sauvey for a research trip to Paris
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Leah Stuttard for a research trip to Freiburg
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Sarah Moynihan for travel expenses for the RMA Nordic Study Day
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Phil Robinson for a research trip to Moscow