Masters Bursaries, Society for Music Analysis, UK

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The Society for Music Analysis will award up to four bursaries, of between £1,000 to £2,000 for one year, to those commencing UK Masters degrees in the academic year 2011–12, on the following conditions:

  1. Applicants in 2011 must be registered or hold the offer of a place for an MA, MMus or similar degree in music analysis or theory and analysis, or in a programme that contains a significant music-analytical emphasis. The initial bursary will cover the period from October 2011 to September 2012.
  2. Applicants must be essentially self-funding and not in receipt of any substantial grant, bursary, prize, studentship or similar financial support. Where despite some such funding a genuine need can be shown, the application will be considered on equal terms with other applications. Bursary holders are required to inform the President of the Society of any significant changes of funding basis.
  3. Where relevant, bursaries awarded for 2011–12 will be renewed for 2012–2013 subject to a satisfactory report on work from the holder’s institution. It will be the holder’s responsibility to commission that report and to have it sent to the President of the Society during August 2012. If a 2011–2012 bursary holder goes on to read for a higher degree in 2012–2013, the bursary will be renewed unless the student secures full funding for the latter year.
  4. Successful applicants will be required to become student members of the SMA if not already enrolled. They may be invited to assist the Society from time to time, and will be encouraged to stand for election as a student representative on the Committee, but this will not be a consideration in respect of receipt and renewal of any bursary.

The application should be in the form of a curriculum vitae; a brief description of the degree course and the student’s objectives in pursuing it; a statement of the applicant’s financial circumstances based on an account of income and expenditure; and the applicant’s contact details and any special information that might be relevant. Applications should be emailed to the SMA President, Prof. Michael Spitzer, at (email size limit = 5MB) and should be received no later than 1 August 2011.

Please also ensure that an academic reference in support of the application reaches Prof. Spitzer, at the above email address, by the deadline of 1 August 2011.

Applications will be reviewed by Michael Spitzer and the editor of the journal Music Analysis. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September 2011. Reasons will not be given for decisions.

Successful applicants are required to submit a 500-word report at the end of each year of study that is supported by an SMA Bursary. The report should include a summary of the main analytical components or modules of the course and how your studies have contributed to the next stage of your career.

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Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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