The International Centre for Music Studies has a range of scholarships, studentships and prizes available to undergraduate and postgraduate students. On this page, you will find information about the following funding opportunities:
Newcastle University announces a fully-funded PhD studentship, commencing September 2014. The studentship is part of an AHRC-funded project, Tudor Partbooks, led by Dr Magnus Williamson (PI: Newcastle University/EECM) with Dr Julia Craig-McFeely (Co-I: Oxford University/DIAMM).
The project includes the restoration and facsimile publication of two key sources: the physically deteriorated Sadler partbooks (which will be digitally restored), and the Baldwin partbooks (for whose missing Tenor book polyphonic reconstructions will be prepared by a team of scholars, working in association with project partners, the ensemble Stile Antico). Around these two foci, Tudor Partbooks will investigate the corpus of Tudor polyphonic manuscripts, from c. 1520 to c. 1590. The research programme is outlined in more detail here.
In the first instance, the doctoral student will investigate the circulation of early Tudor music in later manuscripts (exemplified in the long posthumous circulation of music by Robert Fayrfax and John Taverner); we anticipate that the award-holder will contribute towards one of the project publications, an edition of Fayrfax’s antiphons to be published by EECM. The project permits many investigative approaches, however, and we welcome applications from candidates interested in contributing to the broad aims of the project.
The studentship is available to support three years (full-time) study, subject to satisfactory progress, from September 2014. During the 2014-15 academic year, full-time awards provide a maintenance grant payment of £13,726; the award-holder will also be eligible to apply for additional funding to support travel and/or fieldwork. For further details, please see the current year’s AHRC Student Funding Guide
A full award covers both the cost of tuition fees, up to the RCUK maximum, and a maintenance grant. To qualify for a full award, you must show that you have a relevant connection with the UK, usually through residence. EU Nationals who have been in the UK in full time education for the three years prior to the start of the course, for which they are applying for an award, will also be eligible for a full award. A fees-only award provides payment of tuition fees, up to the RCUK maximum, but not a maintenance grant. To be eligible for a fees-only award, you must have been ordinarily resident in the EU for the three years immediately preceding the start of the academic year in which your course will commence.
The successful candidate will have:
• a strong academic record (normally at least high 2.1 honours in a first degree in music or a related subject, plus a masters degree or equivalent professional experience);
• strong commitment to early music studies, with aptitude for at least one of the key areas of research (source studies, polyphonic techniques, music editing).
How to Apply
You must apply through the university’s online postgraduate application form selecting ‘PhD Arts and Cultures’ as the programme of study. Please insert the studentship/partnership reference number SAC13. Only mandatory fields need to be completed (no personal statement required) but you must attach a copy of your CV and a covering letter explaining your interest in the project and how you fit the criteria , quoting the title of the studentship and reference number SAC13.
CLOSING DATE: 21 March 2014
INTERVIEWS: 7-8 April 2014
For further details, please contact:
PROJECT SUPERVISOR: Dr Magnus Williamson, who will respond to queries in advance of application: email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: +44 (0)191-208-6751
(further supervisory support will also be available from among the project’s advisory board).
Newcastle University and ICMuS at Newcastle University have been exceptionally successful in the recent past in gaining Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding for our MFA, MPhil and PhD students, as part of the first Block Grant Partnership Scheme, BGP1. That scheme has now come to an end.
We are very pleased to announce that we have been successful in our application to the AHRC under the second phase of the Block Grant Partnership, BGP2, for funding of future PhD students across the Arts and Humanities and are now part of the Northern Bridge Consortium, along with Durham University and Queen's University Belfast.
If you are a UK or an EU student and wish to seek funding for entry in 2014 and beyond, you are advised to contact Dr Ian Biddle as soon as possible to discuss your application. Please note the majority of the funding available via the Northern Bridge is for PhD students but there may be a few awards available for Master's applicants
Please note that we will accept applications to our courses after the AHRC application deadline but you would not be eligible for AHRC funding.
The Whittaker Studentship is normally a one-year fees-only full-time award for a student accepting a place on a postgraduate music degree. The award covers the cost of fees at home/EU levels and can be held for a maximum of three years.
To apply for the Whittaker Studentship please complete the application form and return it to us by 5 pm on FRIDAY 30 MAY 2014.
Please note this scholarship may not be available every year.
The Barlow Scholarships are normally a one-year fees-only full-time award for a student accepting a place on a postgraduate music degree. The award covers the cost of fees at home/EU levels.
To apply for the David Barlow Scholarship please complete the application form and return it to us by 5 pm on FRIDAY 30 MAY 2014.
Please note this scholarship may not be available every year.
Organ and Choral Scholarships are open to all student members of the university, whatever their degree course. The organ scholarship can be held singly or in conjunction with scholarships at St Nicholas Cathedral or St John's Grainger Street (CofE) and other places of worship in the city; the magnificent new organ built by Kenneth Tickell for St Mary's Cathedral (RC), seen on the right, offers an another opportunity for teaching and recitals. Please contact Dr Magnus Williamson (email@example.com) for further information. Choral scholarships are offered by St John's Grainger Street (for both men and women: please contact Mr Charles Wooler: firstname.lastname@example.org) and at St Nicholas Cathedral: for men only (please contact Mr Michael Stoddart: email@example.com; 0191 261 4505).
There are other funding opportunities available to both UK and non-UK citizens. In the first instance, try using the university's funding pages to help you:
Other undergraduate information and funding opportunities:
Other postgraduate information and funding opportunities: