International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Young Scholars Fund

The Young Scholars Fund has been established by the International Council for Traditional Music to promote the involvement of young scholars in its activities, including World Conferences, Symposia, Colloquia, and Fora.

Young scholars are not limited to those of a certain age range, but are individuals at the beginning of their academic careers. They may be students currently enrolled in university studies or recent graduates. Preference will be given to scholars for whom other sources of funding are not available.

If applying for funds to attend a World Conference, Symposium, Colloquium, or Forum, proof must be given of the applicant’s presentation being accepted.

Applicants should write to the Secretariat stating their eligibility, their wish to be considered for the award, and outlining the activities they wish to be supported and the expected costs.

Applications can be submitted at any time, but if for a scheduled event, they should be received by the Secretariat five months before beginning of the event. Funds cannot be used to support all the participants of an organized panel. Anyone receiving assistance will be expected to attend the entire event and to take advantage of economical on-campus accommodation, if available, and any other means to lessen costs.

Those applications which do not follow the above procedure and/or miss the deadline will be ineligible for support.

Study Group Biennial Allowance

A biennial Study Group allowance, funded through the Young Scholars Fund, is available to support the travel and/or accommodation of ICTM members who wish to present their research at Study Group symposia. Note that full funding for travel and/or accommodation will seldom be possible, so participants are strongly urged to seek funds to complement whatever ICTM may be able to supply to successful applicants.

Terms and conditions

  1. General eligibility. Only Study Group symposia held in non-World Conference years (e.g., 2020, 2022, 2024) are eligible for funding.
  2. Regional priority. Only symposia held in underrepresented regions and countries shall be eligible for funding. Underrepresented regions and countries include but are not limited to Africa, the Middle East, Oceania, South America, and South Asia.
  3. Affiliation. Only symposia of fully affiliated Study Groups are eligible for potential support.
  4. Collaboration. Study Group Chairs and Programme Chairs of qualifying symposia must be involved in the process of funding. The Study Group Chair initiates the application, and the symposium’s Programme Chair partners with the Secretariat and the appropriate Executive Board Committee when evaluating individual applications.
  5. Membership. Only ICTM members in good standing with accepted presentations to a qualifying symposium are eligible for funding. Presenters who are either not members or members with less than 1 year of membership are, however, eligible to apply to have their membership supported by the Secretariat for the year of the symposium.
  6. Previous funding. Applicants funded by the Secretariat in the two years prior to the symposium are not eligible to apply.

Timeline for 2020

  1. 16 July 2019. The Study Group Allowance is introduced during 3rd Assembly of ICTM Study Group Chairs. 
  2. 31 July 2019. The Secretariat circulates a Call for Applications to the Maud Karpeles / Young Scholars Funds to Study Group Chairs, for their 2020 symposia to be considered for funding.
  3. 1 August 2019–1 June 2020. Study Group Chairs apply to the Fund, up to at least six months before the start of their symposia, using this application form.
  4. 1 August 2019–1 June 2020. Applications for funding of symposia are evaluated by the Executive Board Committee concerning the Maud Karpeles, Young Scholars, and Other Funds. If an application is approved, the Study Group announces to its members that funding will be available to assist with the travel/accommodation of presenters to the symposium in question, as well as how to apply.
  5. Variable deadlines according to symposium’s dates. Presenters with accepted proposals to qualifying symposia apply for funding for a period agreed to in advance with the respective Study Group.
  6. Variable deadlines according to symposium’s dates. Once the deadline for abstract submissions is reached, the Executive Board Committee concerning the Maud Karpeles, Young Scholars, and Other Funds evaluates each individual application, in consultation with the symposium's Programme Committee and the Secretariat.
  7. Variable deadlines according to symposium’s dates. The Secretariat communicates decisions to applicants.
  8. First day of symposium. Successful applicants receive the allowance in cash during registration.