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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 costs associated with participation in conferences, festivals, and workshops; research trips; publication costs; and the purchase of materials or equipment for the purposes of undertaking a specific research project.

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 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

For 2020, recognising the need to support research in light of the difficulties many researchers are facing at the present time, there will be an additional round of awards with an application deadline of 1 September.

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, 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. 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 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).