RMA Mentoring Scheme


The RMA Mentoring Scheme aims:

  • To support musicologists (especially early-career), music practitioners and independent researchers with a background in music interested in developing their profile towards an academic career (see eligibility criteria below)
  • To support career development for researchers from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of research interests in Music

Ethnomusicologists can find specialist mentoring through the BFE (https://bfe.org.uk/).

How the Scheme Works


1 year in the first instance, with flexible start throughout the academic year. It is welcomed if mentor-mentee pairings develop beyond this time frame.

Standard number of meetings:

3 one-hour meetings (mentor can offer more time at their discretion). Mentee to request meeting within a reasonable time frame and supply detailed agenda with goals and questions ahead of each meeting.

Meetings to be held virtually.

Eligibility criteria: mentees

•            Early Career Researcher = will normally have received their final academic degree no more than five years before the beginning of their mentoring (the RMA recognizes career interruptions)


•            No permanent (current or prior) position in Music including research as part of the contract at a UK Higher Education institution

•            Mentee not to work at the same institution as mentor (e.g. as hourly paid lecturer)

•            Mentees should be, or become, RMA members at the discounted rate

Eligibility criteria: mentors

•            Will normally have more than 5 years’ experience in UK academia, (the RMA recognizes career interruptions)

•            Current or emerita/emeritus holder of a permanent position in Music, of 0.5 FTE or more, at a UK HE Music institution

•            High-quality published research in a music-related field, and/or practice-based research activity in musical performance or composition

•            Not to work in same institution as mentee

•            Ideally experience of interviewing panels and funding applications

•            Can have research interests in the same area as mentee

Avoiding conflict of interest

•            Mentor should be transparent about mentoring relationship with the mentee in any future peer reviewing, interview panel work etc.

•            Mentoring constitutes a confidential and safe space.

Excluded types of activity:

•            Detailed proofreading (as opposed to commenting on CVs, grant applications, or publication plans)

•            Sponsorship (the direct promotion of the mentee through sharing of networks or opportunities, personal investment in the mentee’s career, or financial support)

•            Any responsibility on the part of the mentor for any part of the mentee’s career decisions

•            (References can be offered by the mentor, but should not be an expectation within the standard agreement)

The scheme is maintained by Annika Forkert, Royal Northern College of Music.

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