SMI Grants

The Society operates a competitive scheme to award a limited number of grants to its members.

The SMI awards annually a number of small grants to its members of up to €400 in support of musicological research to assist postgraduate research students, non-affiliated scholars, or academics without recourse to institutional funds. Financial assistance (max €200) for presentations at conferences outside Ireland may also be considered. To qualify for consideration applicants must be in good standing with the Society and have been a member for a minimum of six months at the point of application. Grants are payable on production of receipts as detailed below.

Applications should made electronically and include:

  • a short CV
  • a brief description of the proposed research and its intended purpose
  • a proposed budget
  • (if applicable) an account of awards received or applied for in connection with the project
  • a copy of a short letter of support from a supervisor or academic, where appropriate
  • Calls for Applications will be advertised online and in circulars and details of awards publicised on the SMI website.

    Recipients are expected to:

  • acknowledge, when publishing, the assistance of the SMI
  • submit a short report on the work undertaken to the SMI Grants Committee Chair within 12 months of the allocation of the award
  • Recipients are encouraged to present their findings at an SMI Conference.

    Payment process:
    To comply with Irish Revenue charitable status requirements recipients must submit all relevant receipts to the Hon. Treasurer before the payment of the full grant can be made.

    Applications (and any queries regarding SMI grants) should be made by email to:
    Dr Laura Watson| Chair, SMI Grants Committee | Laura.Watson@nuim.ie

    Past Recipients

  • Jonathan Tobutt (University of Leeds): ‘Reconciling the British virtuoso oboist Leon Goossens’ interpretative ideals with contemporary ideologies in the context of the British musical renaissance and the historically-informed performance practices of the early twentieth century’
  • Teresa O’Donnell (Independent): ‘French Connections: The Percy French Archive’
  • Emma Higgins (National University of Ireland, Maynooth): ‘The Mezzo-Soprano Onstage and Offstage: A Cultural History of the Voice-Type, Singers and Roles in Paris, 1870-1918’
  • Conor Ward (Dundalk Institute of Technology): ‘An examination of folk music manuscripts dating from the mid-nineteenth century’
  • Cathal Mullan (National University of Ireland, Maynooth): ‘Forgotten Faust Settings by Wagner and his Contemporaries (1832-1840)’
  • Anja Bunzel (National University of Ireland, Maynooth): ‘Johanna Kinkel’s social life in Berlin from 1836-1839’
  • Fabian Huss (University of Bristol): 'The Music of Frank Bridge'
  • Emer Nestor (National University of Ireland, Maynooth): ‘Interpreting Byron: Defining ‘the Self’ in ‘the Other’ in Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony’
  • Mary Louise O’Donnell (Independent): ‘The Irish Harp Society of Belfast (1819-1839)’
  • Liam Cagney (City University of London): ‘The Evolution of French Spectral Music, 1972-1982’
  • Tríona O’Hanlon (DIT): ‘The Mercer’s Hospital Music Collection: An analysis of eighteenth-century Handelian sources extant in Trinity College, Dublin’
  • Áine Mangaoang (University of Liverpool): Beyond MTV: Popular Music, YouTube, and the construction of identity in postcolonial Philippines
  • Catherine Ferris (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama): The Dublin Music Trade
  • John McGrath (University of Liverpool): The Theoretical Relationship between Words and Music
  • Barbara Strahan (NUI Maynooth): Schubert's Fantasia Genre
  • Majella Boland (UCD): The Reception of the Piano Concerti of John Field
  • Adrienne Brown (UCD): Self, the Now, and the Art Object in Music and Dance
  • Helen Tipper (MIC,UL): Alphabet Class Sets in the Music of Anton Webern
  • Fiona Smyth (UCD): Music in Light of Space: Establishing Context for early 20th-Century Writings on Musicology and Acoustics
  • Barbara Dignam (NUI Maynooth): Electroacoustic Music in Ireland: Exploring Roger Doyle's Babel
  • Daniela Kulezic-Wilson (Independent Scholar): Musical Aspects of Peter Strickland's Film Katalin Varga
  • Johanne Heraty (UCD): Ezra Sims, Im Mirabell & Microtonality
  • Jessica Cawley (UCC): The Learning Process and Musical Enculturation of Irish Traditional Musicians
  • Ann Marie Hanlon (Newcastle University): Eric Satie and the New Canon: Criticism, Reception, Analysis (1911-1925)
  • Estelle Murphy: The Changing Role of Music at Court in the Late-Stuart Period
  • Serena Standley: Fashioning a Count: Mario Bevilacqua as Patron and the Accademia Filarmonica of Verona
  • Una Hunt (Dublin): Thomas Moore and his Irish Melodies
  • Helen Lyons (UCD): Contemporary Irish Harping on the Irish Harp and 'Cruit'
  • Aisling Kenny (NUI Maynooth): The Lieder of Josephine Lang (1815-1880)
  • Angela Buckley (WIT): A Critical Edition of the Irish Music Manuscripts of Philip Carolan (c.1839-1910)
  • Angela Moran (UCD): Filmic Representations of Carmen
  • Fabian Huss (Bristol): The Chamber Music of Frank Bridge
  • Aoife Granville (UCC): Shaping Community Identity through Festivalisation: An Exploration of the Importance and Influence of the Wren Tradition in Corca Dhuibhne, Co. Kerry
  • Alison Dunlop (QUB): The Music Manuscripts of Gottlieb Muffat (1690-1770)
  • Ann-Marie Hanlon (Newcastle University): Satie and The New Canon: Criticism, Reception, Analysis (1911-1925)