IMR Early Career Research Grants and Fellowships 2018/19

The IMR Early Career Fellows for 2018-19 have now been selected. They are:

  • Verica Grmusa

  • Raluca Matei

  • Nicolò Palazzetti

  • Vera Wolkowicz

For details of this year's Early Career Research events, please visit the Early Career Research Events page.

Call for Applications

The Institute of Musical Research invites applications from early career scholars to organise small conferences, workshops, or networking events during the 2018–19 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).


Applications are encouraged from early career scholars who are within three years of completing their PhD 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:

  • 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 15 June 2018. Applicants will be notified of the outcome within one month.