The Institute of Musical Research invites applications from early career scholars to organise small conferences, workshops, or networking events during the 2017–18 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:
a) to promote conversations between disciplines or sub-disciplines
b) to offer alternatives to a standard conference format
c) 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).
IMR EARLY CAREER PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT GRANTS
The IMR also invites applications from early career researchers to organise events that focus on public engagement with musical research during the 2017–18 academic year. Grants of up to £500 are available.
Events should be organised in collaboration with a partner organisation, whether academic or non-academic, and an established figure within it. The IMR will provide a grant and publicity for the event; the partner organisation is expected to contribute with further support and to host the event.
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.
There is no application form. Applicants should send the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org:
a) an outline and justification for the proposed event
b) a budget, including a breakdown of costs
c) a CV
d) 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
e) 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 on 12 June 2017. Applicants will be notified of the outcome within one month.