Ivor Guest Research Grants

The Ivor Guest Research Grants will be open for their fourth round of application from July 2022
DEADLINE – 1 September 2022
Please submit your application via the google form

The Society for Dance Research is inviting applications for the fourth round of the Ivor Guest Research Grant. In pursuit of our mission, we wish to provide support for PhD students, early career researchers, established researchers, independent scholars and artist practitioners. 

Please read the below guidelines carefully before submitting your application 
You can download the application guidelines here:

How much can I apply for? 

Applicants can apply for an award of up to £500. 
You cannot apply for an Ivor Guest Research Grant if you have submitted a previous successful application

The request for funding must be in relation to the pursuit of dance research, recognising the many forms this may take, in accordance with the Society’s objective to advance dance education and research for the benefit of society and scholarship. Within their application, the applicant should demonstrate the integrity and impact of the research proposed, complementing the remit of the Society for Dance Research.

The application process 

The Society for Dance Research is holding an application support session on Tuesday 19th July, 6pm online to help applicants prepare their application.
Sign up to this session by emailing societydanceresearch@gmail.com

To apply for an Ivor Guest Research Grant, please complete the following application form.

As part of the application, you will be asked to upload a budget, CV, and an Equal Opportunities and Monitoring Form. 
The Budget Template and Equal Opportunities and Monitoring Form can be found at the bottom of this page.

The application form asks for details of the following: 

– Contact details and current position
– 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 (no more than 500 words) to include (as applicable):
– Aims and Objectives 
– Research Questions  
– Background and Context 
– Methodology 
– Timetable 

Your application will be assessed by the Society for Dance Research IGRG sub-panel and you will be notified by the Administrator of the Society for Dance Research as soon as a decision has been reached. Unfortunately, we will not be able to give feedback.

If a written application is not supportive for you – we also welcome and accept video applications. The video application should be a recorded response to the above questions and should be no more than 5 minutes in length. Please send this via we transfer to societydanceresearch@gmail.com

If you require further support with your application please get in touch with The Society: societydanceresearch@gmail.com

Planning your budget 

The Ivor Guest Research Grants do not support: 

  • Conference organisation
  • Costs associated with attendance at conferences 
  • Purchase of equipment (including books and journal subscriptions) 
  • Membership of associations 

Staff costs 
Staff costs, if applicable, can be included in the budget and will most likely relate to fees for freelance artists and other collaborators at the industry rate. 

Salaried applicants in a role relevant to dance should not include costs for their time within the budget. The budget should only include costs associated with doing the research itself. In this instance, the researcher’s time should be covered by their institution or organisation. Please contact Ella Tighe, Administrator, at societydanceresearch@gmail.com if you have a specific query around staff costs.

What happens when I receive the grant? 
When you have completed your research project a short final report (one side of A4 or a video blog of no more than two minutes) should be sent to the Administrator of the Society for Dance Research detailing the research narrative and any findings or outcomes. We are particularly keen to understand the impact that the research may have had (including the impact on researcher development). Please note that the report may be made available on the Society for Dance Research website. 

Any publicised research should include the following credit:  ‘Supported by an Ivor Guest Research Grant through the Society for Dance Research’. You should also use the Society for Dance Research logo (this will be shared with successful applicants). 

Please download the Equal Opportunities and Monitoring Form and Budget Breakdown to be included with the application form.

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