IMR Conference Grants

The Institute of Musical Research invites applications to organise a one-day workshop, study day, or conference at Senate House in central London during the 2019–20 academic year. Grants of up to £400 are available, and the IMR will also provide a room with a capacity of 70-80 for one day.

There are no restrictions on the format or subject matter, but the event should address an urgent or contemporary issue within the field of music studies and include a keynote address by a suitably qualified speaker. The IMR encourages applications that focus on broad or pressing questions within the discipline, whether content-related or methodological, rather than narrow topics of more specialised interest. It also welcomes proposals that promise to promote conversations between disciplines or sub-disciplines and/or to offer alternatives to a standard conference format.

IMR funds should not be allocated for speaker fees. Suitable costs include travel expenses for the keynote speaker and for students and scholars without alternative sources of funding, and up to £100 may be spent on refreshments. Given the IMR’s mission, the involvement of early career researchers in organisational and/or speaking roles is a requirement. Applications that seek to attract additional funding from other sources and/or expand into a larger event would be particularly welcome.

Application process

 Applicants should send the following documents to the IMR Director, stephen.downes@rhul.ac.uk:

  • an outline and justification for the proposed event, including name(s) of the likely keynote speaker(s)

  • an indicative budget, including a breakdown of costs

  • a brief CV

  • details of any contribution from another institution or funding body

The deadline for applications is 5th July 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome within six weeks.

 

IMR early career research event grants and fellowships

The Institute of Musical Research invites applications from early career scholars to organise small conferences, workshops, or networking events during the 2019–20 academic year. Grants of up to £500 are available, and successful applicants will become IMR Early Career Fellows. This scheme reflects the IMR’s aim to facilitate the transition of scholars from graduate study to careers inside and outside academia.

Events should be organised in collaboration with a music department or college and under the mentorship of an established figure within it. The IMR will provide a grant and publicity for the event; the institution is expected to contribute with further support and to host the event.

There are no restrictions on the kind of event or subject matter (beyond a focus on music), but the IMR encourages proposals that promise to achieve one or more of the following aims:

  • to promote conversations between disciplines or sub-disciplines

  • to offer alternatives to a standard conference format

  • to address questions of importance or interest to a wide audience

  • While events may involve senior scholars, the prime constituency is intended to be early career researchers and doctoral students, and proposals that include opportunities and/or training for these sectors are particularly welcome. Applicants are encouraged to set aside a portion of the IMR funds for travel bursaries to enable qualified researchers without institutional support to participate in the event.

  • In order to direct limited resources to those most in need, IMR funds should not be allocated for speaker fees or catering. It is hoped that events would be free for attendees and open to the public. Where appropriate, a commitment to film or record the event and make it publicly available online would strengthen the application.

  • IMR Early Career Fellows will receive an institutional email address and have library rights, including electronic resources, at the University of London (Royal Holloway and Senate House).

Eligibility

Applications are encouraged from early career scholars who completed their PhD within the past three years and do not hold an academic post (such as a lectureship or postdoctoral fellowship) which allows them to apply to their employer or funder for financial support to organise an event.

Application process

There is no application form. Applicants should send the following documents to the director of the IMR, Professor Stephen Downes: stephen.downes@rhul.ac.uk.

  • an outline and justification for the proposed event

  • a budget, including a breakdown of costs

  • a CV

  • details of the contribution to be made by the host institution or organisation, which must be agreed in principle with the Head of Department, director, or equivalent before the application is made

  • a brief statement of support from a senior mentor or collaborator within the host institution or organisation, who agrees to act in an advisory capacity

The deadline for applications is 9 am BST on 14 June 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome within six weeks.