Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Funding Schemes Open

The Irish Research Council has opened several postdoctoral funding schemes: the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme offers 1 or 2 year fellowships (you cannot apply for both); and the first call for the CAROLINE (Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe) scheme which is part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Cofund Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme. Both schemes are open to researchers across all academic disciplines.

The CAROLINE scheme seeks “research relevant to the themes of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for shared economic prosperity, social development, and environmental protection” and includes intersectoral collaboration between academic institutions, NGOs, and international organisations.

The Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowships are for people who had “fulfilled all the requirements for the award of a doctoral degree, including a viva/thesis defence, within the five-year period between 31st March 2012 and 31st March 2017.” CAROLINE is aimed at “experienced researchers … defined as those who are in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.”

Applicants must apply by 30 November 2016. If you’re interested in one of these schemes, please get in touch with your intended host institution and intended mentor/scientist-in-charge soon as host institutions will have internal deadlines for reviewing drafts and completing the necessary endorsement paperwork.

UCC Excellence Scholarships for Masters and PhD Students

If you’re applying to the UCC MA in Music and Cultural History, or for a PhD at UCC, you should also apply for an Excellence Scholarship. The scholarships cover EU tuition fees and are tenable for the duration of the student’s chosen postgraduate course.

Applicants must have at least Second Class Honours (Grade 1) or equivalent in their first or subsequent degree and must have already applied for their chosen postgraduate course. A referee’s report will be required as part of the application process.

The scholarship deadline for MA applicants is 10 April, 2016. PhD applicants can apply until 17 April, 2016.

For scholarship information and application forms, see:

The one-year MA in Music and Cultural History is a progressive alternative to conventional postgraduate courses in musicology, and it draws on the diverse expertise of internationally renowned scholars to combine the very best of traditional and contemporary scholarly practice.

During the course you will be presented with the opportunity to acquire and develop core musicological skills, including research techniques, the critical editing of music, and the close reading and analysis of musical texts. You will also engage with some of the most exciting developments in recent music scholarship, including:

explorations of politics,
gender and sexuality in music
race and ethnicity in music
(dis)ability in music
the interaction of music with other media
musical globalisation
the manifold issues in today’s popular music and culture, and
the new links being formed between musicology and other disciplines such as film studies, cultural studies, postcolonial theory, and philosophy.

In 2016-17, the taught modules will include sound studies, multidisciplinary debates in ethnomusicology and musicology, performance studies, the body in creative arts practice, music and popular culture, and music and cinema.

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Five PhD Scholarships in Digital Arts & Humanities

There are five scholarships available for University College Cork’s four-year structured PhD in Digital Arts & Humanities. The stipend is €16,000 per annum, plus tuition.

As it says on UCC’s Digital Arts & Humanities programme website,

Digital tools offer an opportunity to ask new, often radical, questions about humanities research. The Digital Arts and Humanites PhD programme provides an opportunity for students to explore how “digital” is changing the face of the “arts and humanities”. Students on the programme will seek to discover what is it to be human in the digital age, and the answers will help to shape how we see ourselves and others in an age where humanity is becoming increasingly connected by ubiquitous technology.

Applications in any area of digital arts & humanities are invited. UCC Music’s particular strengths include practice-based research in digital media (e.g. composers John Godfrey and Jeffrey Weeter), and theoretical engagement with digital media (e.g. musicologist Christopher Morris). The Seán Ó Riada Collection held by UCC’s Boole Library is suitable for a Digital Arts & Humanities project.

I coordinated UCC’s arts strand of this programme before I started my fellowship and I’m looking forward to contributing to it when I return. And I’m curious to know more about the Seán Ó Riada Collection. I’d like to get in there and see if there’s anything in his letters about his use of the harpsichord in Irish Traditional Music.