Elizabeth Maconchy composition fellowship

Closing date: Closing date passed

Maximum awarded: €48000

Artform & practices: Music

Applicant type: Individual artist

Collaborative application possible? No

Contact: Aine Kelly

Position: Music Team

Telephone: 01 6180254

Email: aine.kelly@artscouncil.ie

Closing date

3 May 2012

What is the Elizabeth Maconchy Composition Fellowship?

Offered once every three years, this award celebrates the life and work of Irish composer Elizabeth Maconchy. It is offered by the Arts Council to further the advanced training and development of composers, specifically by enabling a composer to complete a doctoral programme in composition at a recognised university.

The Arts Council will provide funding for three years towards the cost of tuition fees and living expenses. The next successful candidate will commence his/her course of study in autumn 2012.

Purpose and priorities of award

The Elizabeth Maconchy Composition Fellowship is offered so as to provide a composer with the opportunity to significantly develop their practice through three years of full-time study at doctoral level at a recognised centre of excellence.

Applicants must demonstrate that the doctoral programme at the university of their choice will be of significant value to their artistic development. An ambition to engage with the resources available at the chosen university must be clearly demonstrated.

Who can apply?


What is not eligible?

Applications for part-time study are ineligible under this award.

What and how much can I apply for?

The fellowship is for €16,000 per annum for three years. This is inclusive of course fees.

Supporting material

In addition to documentation that provides evidence of your creative work, applications for this award must also include: 

  • Detailed information about the proposed doctoral programme and university outlining how it is of particular benefit to the development of the applicant’s compositional practice; 
  • CV highlighting all compositions and performances to date and containing details of previous composition studies, together with any relevant professional musical experience; 
  • Scores of five compositions written in the last three years, where possible accompanied by recordings, all clearly marked with the applicant’s name.

Assessment criteria  

  • The applicant must have secured a place on a doctoral programme in composition at the proposed university 
  • Applicants will be required to submit evidence of creative potential/track record as well as academic competence;
  • Quality of the proposal presented, including evidence that the award will benefit you artistically;
  • Competitive context and available resources. 

What is the selection process?

A shortlist of applicants will be prepared by Arts Council advisers and those shortlisted will be invited to attend an interview in Dublin in late May 2012.


To make an application

You can download a copy of the guidance notes and application form below or you can contact the Arts Council and ask for copies to be sent to you in the post

Download application form and Guidance Notes

For further information

Music Team

The Arts Council

70 Merrion Square

Dublin 2


Tel: +353 1 618 0254

Callsave: 1850 392 492

Email: aine.kelly@artscouncil.ie

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