Scholarships

A number of scholarships are made available each year to students wishing to study at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Please view the current scholarships and fee wavers listed below for further information.

Irish World Academy Fee Waiver

The Irish World Academy offers a limited number of full and/or partial fee waivers for research students at MA and PhD level.  These are distributed on an annual basis.  Applications must be made by June 1st for the following academic year and criteria for assessment of this award will be based on the reflective background of the applicant as expressed in a submitted CV, demonstrable financial need, quality of the application and the development of appropriate supervision opportunities for Irish World Academy faculty.  Decisions regarding the awarding of Irish World Academy Fee Waivers will be made by the Academy Director.

Irish World Academy Fee Waivers are not available for students applying for taught masters programmes.

 

Music Generation Clare PhD Scholarship

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, in partnership with Music Generation Clare, is delighted to offer a 3-year PhD scholarship. County Clare is one of twelve areas of the country currently participating in Music Generation – Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

Through the Clare Music Education Partnership (Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, Clare County Council, Clare Education Centre, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and University of Limerick), Music Generation Clare delivers a range of affordable, geographically accessible, high quality performance music programmes for children and young people throughout County Clare in cooperation with existing providers and the creation of strong, creative, active and integrated partnerships. During its initial phase 2014 – 2016 the programme aims to develop an integrated infrastructure in County Clare that will provide opportunities for music performance and pedagogy for up to 16,000 children and young people, and to nurture an ethos in performance music education based on the core values of access, quality, partnerships, diversity, creativity and sustainability.

The Music Generation Clare PhD Scholarship provides funding for a three-year fulltime PhD at the Irish Academy of Music & Dance, University of Limerick. The PhD Scholar will study the implementation and delivery of the Music Generation Clare Programme. The proposed research should reference and reflect on the ethos and/or programmes of Music Generation Clare.

In responding to the local need and context of County Clare, Music Generation Clare’s programme is based on five goals:

1) Systematic and coherent provision of vocal and instrumental tuition

2) Implementation of a progressive, skills-based programme of performance music education tuition for pre-school, primary school children, post-primary students and young adolescents

3) Increasing access to live music opportunities as both performers and audience members

4) The development of accessible and comprehensive resources

5) Creating sustainability through partnerships, research and evaluation

The PhD research will provide valuable insights into music education development within County Clare, the findings of which will inform future policy and practice. Since September 2014, the following programmes have been delivered:

Escalation singing programme – structured vocal programme in primary schools in the county reaching almost 700 primary school pupils.

Minimasters early years programme – 20 week programme (2014-2015), to be 26 weeks in 2015-2016, operating in early years services in the Ennis/Clarecastle area. Introduction to music making, incorporating song, composition, recording, percussion and culminating in an end of year interactive music-making session.

Primary school strings programme –whole class introduction to violin performance – currently in place in one school (15 week programme in 2014-2015), with 65 fifth class learners.

Songstories songwriting programme – 12 week song writing programme for 12-15 year olds, in partnership with Ennis CDP Primary Health Care Programme for Travellers. Works written were recorded, to be subsequently performed at an event during Traveller Focus Week in November, 2015.

Guitar programme – Introductory guitar programmes for 9-12 year olds (8 week programme), in partnership with Ennis CDP Primary Health Care Programme for Travellers, and the second for 15-18 year olds (12 week programme) in Ennistymon in partnership with the North West Clare Family Resource Centre.

Programme participants are also afforded the opportunity to partake in festivals, events and schools throughout the summer months such as Ennis Street Festival, and workshops with touring and visiting musicians. Further instrumental programmes are being rolled out from September 2015.

Eligibility –The scholarship will cover PhD research fees for 3 years.

Applicants should have academic qualifications appropriate for entry to doctoral level research. They should prepare an outline proposal of approximately 3,000 words which will be assessed initially by the internal Academy research group. This outline proposal should contain the following:

  • Description of the research topic
  • Methodology
  • Relationship of the project to existing research
  • Bibliography (additional to the word count)

Applicants should also include a personal statement, detailing their qualifications, experience and any other material relevant to the application.

The applications will be assessed by the Academy research group in consultation with Music Generation Clare. Once a decision has been made, the successful applicant will also have to apply through the main University of Limerick Research Board before being finally accepted to undertake this PhD.

Conditions of the Scholarship:

  • The awarding of the scholarship is dependent on the successful applicant being accepted for a PhD by the Postgraduate Research Committee of the University of Limerick
  • The scholarship is awarded initially for a period of one year. However, if progress is satisfactory, the scholarship will be awarded for a further two years
  • The successful applicant must conduct their research in the context of Music Generation Clare

Applications must be received by 4pm Thursday November 12, 2015.

Enquiries may be directed to Dr Niall Keegan, Associate Director, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

E-mail: Niall.keegan@ul.ie

Applications can be submitted in hard copy to:

Barbara Christie, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick

Or in soft copy to:

Barbara.Christie@ul.ie

Stepping Stones Scholarships

A scholarship fund is available for study on taught MA programmes at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Known as the Stepping Stones Scholarships, there are two different kinds of scholarships available.

Stepping Stones Scholarships for Non-EU Students

These scholarships target international students on taught MA programmes at the Academy who have a demonstrable record in a performance and/or academic specialisation relevant to a programme of study at the Academy. Priority will be given to:

  • applicants experiencing demonstrable financial challenge
  • applicants from parts of the world underrepresented at the Academy
  • applicants with projects that resonate with the spirit of the Stepping Stones initiative: equality of arts practices, an interdisciplinary vision, and desire to build bridges between arts practices
  • applicants for programmes with a higher number of available places

The closing date for the Stepping Stones Scholarships for Non-EU students is 4pm Thursday 25th of February 2016.

For more information on studying at UL as an international student please see: http://www.ul.ie/international/

General Stepping Stones Scholarships

These scholarships are open to all applicants to taught MA programmes at the Academy.  There are three €1,000 general scholarships available.  Priority will be given to:

  • applicants experiencing demonstrable financial challenge
  • applicants with projects that resonate with the spirit of the Stepping Stones initiative: equality of arts practices, an interdisciplinary vision, and desire to build bridges between arts practices
  • applicants for programmes with a higher number of available places

The closing date for General Stepping Stones Scholarships is 4pm Friday 27th of May 2016

Application Process 

  • Applicants must apply for the programme through the normal university procedures.
  • In the application form, where a candidate is asked to indicate how they will fund their study, they should indicate that they will be applying for a Stepping Stones scholarship (they should also include other forms of funding as appropriate).
  • The initial application for the scholarship should be coordinated by the course director of the programme. If a candidate has been offered a place on the programme and wishes to apply for the scholarship, they should send the following to the course director:

(1) A personal letter indicating how their application meets the scholarship criteria

(2) A letter from one of the referees included on their application form, indicating how their application meets the scholarship criteria

  • Once the course director has received this information and is satisfied that he/she would like to support this application to their programme, he/she should include a letter of support with the two letters from the applicant, as well as a copy of the application form and any relevant audition materials. This material should be forwarded to the Associate Director who will arrange to review applications with the Director and relevant course directors.

EMI Music Sound Foundation Bursary

EMI Music Sound Foundation is an independents charity established by EMI in 1997 to commemorate the centenary of EMI Records.  The EMI Music Sound Foundation is now the single largest sponsor of Specialist Performing Arts Colleges in England and has created vital bursaries for at music colleges, to assist music students. In 2005, the Foundation extended its remit to cover the Irish World Academy in Ireland. A bursary was made available on an annual basis towards the establishment of the EMI Music Sound Foundation Bursary in Community Music at the Irish World Academy.

Applicants should normally be under 25 years of age, born in the UK or Ireland, and should have applied for admission to the MA Community Music Programme. In certain instances, bursary applications may be considered for admission to other Irish World Academy programmes.

For further information on how to apply please contact:

Barbara Christie, Irish World Academy, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.

Phone: +353 61 202030; Email: Barbara.Christie@ul.ie

RTÉ Lyric FM Scholarships

The RTE Lyric FM Scholarships were established in 1999 in support of the MA in Classical String Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. The aim of the Scholarship is to supports young talented string players who wish to study at UL. Since the Scholarship was established in 1999, it has been awarded to students from Ireland, Australia, Malaysia, China, Hungary, Romania, Spain, Italy and the US.

For further information on how to apply please contact:

Email: IrishWorldAcademy@ul.ie

 Recipients of all Irish World Academy scholarships and fee wavers may be required to engage in some work for the Academy.  Such work can be an important experience in the professional development of the student and is invaluable to the life of the Academy.  Conditions will be agreed with the Academy Director before the commencement of the scholarship / fee waver.