SMA Student and Early Career Travel Bursaries

A limited number of bursaries are available for existing student members of the Society and early-career members without access to institutional funding to cover travel expenses and accommodation for SMA conferences and events. Where the SMA offers free student accommodation for the conference/event, student members may apply for up to £75 towards their travel expenses; where the SMA does not offer free student accommodation for the conference/event, students may apply for up to £150 towards both travel and accommodation expenses. Preference may be given to UK students/ECRs living furthest from the conference venue.

Applications should include a short summary of the reasons for attendance, clearly state the sum requested, and include a draft budget. Applications should be sent to the Society’s Administrator, Dr James Savage-Hanford, at ( and should normally arrive no later than four weeks before the event, unless indicated otherwise in the Call for Papers. Applicants are expected to pre-book transport in advance of the event in order to secure the cheapest fares possible; if this is not feasible, the reason why should be given in the application.

Notification of the outcome of applications will occur within a few weeks of the application deadline. If successful, the bursary will be awarded on the production of receipts. Recipients of bursaries may be asked to write a short review of the event for the SMA website and/or Newsletter.

Music Analysis Development Fund

UK-based scholars and students attending international conferences or planning research visits can be apply to the Music Analysis Development Fund for financial assistance. For further information, see the Development Fund page.

SMT International Travel Grants

International travel grants are available for the purpose of attending Society for Music Theory (SMT) conferences. Application information can be found on the SMT’s website at (SMT log in required).