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Small research grants

Research grants of up to £400 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.

The RMA provides support towards the costs of expenses associated with travel for research, and the presentation of work (including the performance of compositions) at conferences, festivals, and workshops; reproduction and translation costs for publications; costs associated with performance, recording, and production; and the purchase of equipment or materials for a specific piece of research (student members must confirm in the case of such requests that the equipment is not available for use via their institution).

In line with the RMA’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we encourage applications from across the full spectrum of music studies, including individuals from currently underrepresented groups.

Eligibility

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 by 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).

Awardees are expected to submit a short post-award report of 200 words as a requirement of the award. This will be used (among other things) for publicity and website/social media content.

Deadline

The deadlines for grant requests are 1 May and 1 November.

How to Apply

Applications are made directly via email to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Elaine Kelly: elaine.kelly@ed.ac.uk. State your name and “RMA application” in the email subject header. The application consists of two separate parts:

1. A completed application form

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 2020

September 2020

  • The Fellowes Research Grant has been awarded to Jennifer Ansari for hardware for research into real-time interactive technology and distributed creativity
  • The Goldsborough Research Grant has been awarded to Richard Louis Gillies for reproduction costs for musical examples in the forthcoming monograph Singing Soviet Stagnation (Routledge)
  • The Howes Research Grant has been awarded to Ellen Falconer for reproduction costs for archival sources from the Wien Bibliothek, and for the purchase of books to which there is currently no library access
  • The Oldman Research Grant has been awarded to Brooke N. Martin travel costs to research Welsh operas in the National Library of Wales
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Frankie Perry for reproduction costs of musical examples for article publication
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Jorge Filipe Pinto Ramos for hardware for composition research

May 2020

  • The Fellowes Research Grant has been awarded to Lauren Braithwaite for field work in Afghanistan
  • The Howes Research Grant has been awarded to Giulia Monducci to support residency at the Visby International Centre for Composers
  • The Goldborough research grant has been awarded to Alfia Nakipbekova for attendance at a conference “Body and Corporeality in 20th and 21st Century Music” in Graz
  • The Oldman Research Grant has been awarded to Emanuela Vai for publication costs for images in an article for Renaissance Studies

January 2020

  • The Fellowes Research Grant has been awarded to Jessica Blaise Ward for costs relating to the RMA/BFE student conference
  • The Howes Research Grant has been awarded to Kristine Healy for costs relating to a conference “Working in Music”, Turku
  • The Goldborough Research Grant has been awarded to Patrick Huang to attend the MOISE conference
  • The Oldman Research Grant has been awarded to Yuet Ka Hui for costs relating to the IMS Regional Association for East Asia conference
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Kelvin Lee for a conference on Fibich in Prague
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Ivan Mouraviev for a PhD research trip to Croatia
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Sarah Moynihan for the 2019 RMA annual conference
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Philip Robinson for the Tenth World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies
  • A Thurston Dart Research Grant has been awarded to Wayne Weaver for costs towards purchase of Sibelius software for use during fieldwork

Recipients in 2019

  • The Fellowes Research Grant has been awarded to Emma Kavanagh 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

The Frank Howes Memorial Fund

The Frank Howes Memorial Fund was endowed to the RMA to assist students, and is now applied to one of the Small Research Grants annually.

Frank HowesFrank Howes CBE (1891-1974) was President of the Royal Musical Association from 1947 until 1958.  He lectured in music history at the Royal College of Music for over thirty years, and in 1943 he succeeded H. C. Colles as chief music critic of The Times.  His publications include a study of William Byrd (1928), and works on the psychology of music, including The Borderland of Music and Psychology (1926) and Man, Mind and Music (1948).  His support for Vaughan Williams and Walton led him to produce monographs on each, and among his last major works were volumes on The English Musical Renaissance (1966) and The Folk Music of Britain – and Beyond (1970).