Ivor Guest Research Grants

The Society for Dance Research is pleased to announce the Ivor Guest Research Grants, in honour of our Founding President and his legacy for the field of dance research.

The Society has £2,500 per annum to spend on small grants. In pursuit of our mission, we wish to provide support for PhD students, early career researchers, established researchers, independent scholars and artist practitioners. It is anticipated that awards will up to £500 but applicants can make the case for more if the project justifies it. Applicants must be a member of the Society for Dance Research.The request for funding must be in relation to the pursuit of dance research in all of its forms, in accordance with the Society’s objective to advance education and research into the art of dance in all its forms and aspects for the benefit of the public. It is up to the applicant to show and justify how the proposal does this and how the proposal will complement the remit of the Society for Dance Research.

The outcome of the research should be described in the application and the Society for Dance Research credited when complete/made available. The funding may form part of a larger project.

A short final report (one side A4 or a video blog of no more than two minutes) should be sent to the Chair of the Society for Dance Research detailing what has been achieved. The report may be made available on the Society for Dance Research website.

Criteria for deciding which projects to fund will include: the quality of the proposal; the fit with the Society for Dance Research remit; the benefit to the applicant and the Society for Dance Research; and the use to which the Ivor Guest Research Grant will be put in the context of the applicant’s research.

What these grants do NOT support:
Conference organisation
Staff costs
Costs associated with attendance at conferences
Purchase of equipment
Membership of associations etc.

Application process
If you are interested in applying for the Ivor Guest Research Grants, please complete an application form (see below for content) and send it, together with a recent CV (no more than 2 sides of A4, pdf format) and Equal Opportunities and Monitoring Form to the Chair of the Society for Dance Research, email: societydanceresearch@gmail.com. There is one deadline each year by which applications must be submitted: 1st September. Your application will be assessed by the Society for Dance Research panel and you will be notified by the Chair of the Society for Dance Research as soon as a decision has been reached. Unfortunately, we will not be able to give feedback.

Application form
On no more than 2 sides of A4 (pdf format):
– Your details including address, contact details and current position, academic affiliation (if any) and status.
– The title of your project and a short abstract (no more than 150 words) which will be made available on the Society for Dance Research website.
A longer description of the project to include:
– The aims and objectives of the project
– Research Questions
– Background and Context
– Methodology
– Timetable and duration
– What you want the Ivor Guest Research Grant to pay for
– Ethical Considerations
– Outcomes
– How the proposal fits in to your overall profile.

Please download the Equal Opportunities and Monitoring Form and send with application

Applications that exceed the page limits – 2 pages of A4 for each of the CV and the application form – will not be considered.