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  Jonathan Harvey Scholarship in Music Composition


   Music and Music Technology

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About the Project

Music and Music Technology at Huddersfield is pleased to invite applications for the Jonathan Harvey Scholarship in Music Composition scholarship for a PhD starting in September 2024. 

The scholarship is open to applicants engaged in any form of musical composition and applicants are expected to devise their own specific project exploring an area of music composition that relates to their practice. Applications should be accompanied by a proposal outlining the specifics of the project, samples of written work, and examples of creative work or other materials relevant to the scope of the scholarship. Please indicate clearly on the online application form that you are applying for the Jonathan Harvey Scholarship. Folios should be submitted as links to online resources rather than as files for download. 

We encourage applications from members of under-represented groups, as well as those with novel approaches to composition, whose work embraces improvisatory practices, or whose work blurs the boundaries between traditional composer and performer roles. 

Postgraduate students in composition at the University Huddersfield have the opportunity to work with world-leading instrumentalists and ensembles. In 2024–2025 we are hosting a programme consisting of multiple visits from both lovemusic (https://www.collectivelovemusic.com/english) and Distractfold (https://www.distractfold.org.uk) ensembles to develop and present student works.  The University is also home to the world-renowned Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival; as well as Heritage Quay (http://heritagequay.org/) which houses an extensive selection of music-related resources including the British Music Collection (http://britishmusiccollection.org.uk/), a collection of over 40,000 scores, recordings, books, and ephemera, plus the archives of the Society for the Promotion of New Music and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. The University features one of the UK’s leading electronic music studios (https://research.hud.ac.uk/music/facilities/), including the 50-channel HISS system (http://www.thehiss.org/) and many other studios and facilities, as well as hosting the Electric Spring Festival (http://www.electricspring.co.uk). Our visiting artist concert series brings world-class musicians to the department, who perform student works in their concerts as well as offering workshop opportunities. Recent guests include ICE Ensemble, ELISION, Marco Fusi, TAK Ensemble, EXAUDI, Jean-François Laporte and Zöllner-Roche Duo. CeReNeM also runs the HCR label (https://research.hud.ac.uk/institutes-centres/cerenem/hcr/), distributed in partnership with NMC, which has provided opportunities for further international dissemination of student compositions. 

The successful scholarship applicant can expect: 

  • Full funding (fee waiver plus a stipend of £18,622 per year)
  • To undertake full-time PhD study for three years beginning in September 2024 
  • Supervision from internationally renowned staff 
  • Opportunities to work with world-leading instrumentalists and ensembles.
  • Opportunities for production work, publication, and collaborative projects 
  • Access to the LTHE 1 and 2 (Learning and Teaching in Higher Education) programme. 

The successful scholarship candidate is required to be resident in/near Huddersfield during the scholarship. 

Additional information about research in Music and Music Technology is available here: https://research.hud.ac.uk/music/.

Details of this call are also available here: https://www.hud.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/research-scholarships/arts-and-humanities/jonathan-harvey-scholarship-in-music-composition/

Funding Notes:

The successful scholarship applicant can expect: 

  • Full waiver tuition fees plus an £18,622 annual stipend
  • Access to additional financial support through the School of Arts and Humanities’ Postgraduate Support Fund (up to £1,000 funding to support the research project over the period of study). 
  • To undertake up to 6 hours a week of activities over 45 weeks in support of the subject area. These activities are expected to include research assistance, teaching, preparation for teaching, and marking, alongside other administrative duties. 
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