Guidelines for the 2013 Staff Professional Opportunities Grant

The following notes have been prepared jointly by the Friends of the ANU School of Music and the ANU School of Music for the guidance of potential applicants and the Selection Committee.

Subject to there being a suitable applicant, the Friends’ Staff Professional Opportunities Grant will be awarded late in 2012 for use during 2013.

Purpose of the Fellowship

The Fellowship is intended to assist a full time or fractional member of the ANU School of Music in a continuing position, or a casual or sessional staff member who has made an ongoing and significant contribution to the development of the School, to pursue a project aimed at professional enrichment or for the musical enrichment of students at the ANU School of Music. The proposed project may include plans for overseas travel, but may also include visiting artist programs, concert programs, innovative use of video facilities, and other innovative use of technologies. It is expected that any project undertaken will contribute to the academic and professional standing of the staff member, as well as enhancing the reputation of the ANU School of Music.


(i) All full time or fractional members of the staff of the ANU School of Music in a continuing position, and casual or sessional staff members who have made a significant contribution to the development of the School, are eligible to apply.

(ii) The grant will be dependent on the staff member’s ability to carry out the project within the framework of other professional duties.

(iii) Recipients’ projects are expected to be of a minimum of three weeks duration.

(iv) The proposed project must be completed within fifteen months from the date of the grant.

(v) Only one person in each year is eligible to receive an award.

(vi) If the Selection Committee decides that no applicant is sufficiently meritorious, then no award will be made.

(vii) Within two months of completing the project the grant recipient will be expected to provide a brief written report on project outcomes, in a form suitable for inclusion in the Friends’ Newsletter and for circulation in the School.

(viii) If money advanced by the Friends is not used for the approved purposes, then it must be returned to the Friends.


The Friends do not wish to place limits on the kinds of projects that might be undertaken.

However, the application must include:

(i) a discussion of the potential benefits of the proposed project to career enhancement and/or musical enrichment to the School of Music, and (ii) a budget for the proposed project

When assessing applications the Selection Committee should give preference to those which:

(i) display originality and contribute to the theory and practice of music; (ii) are likely to lead to a major creative work, a publication, or to some other form of product creditable to the staff member and the School; and/or (iii) are expected to lead to the expansion or enhanced quality of the academic offerings of the School.

Selection Committee

This Committee consists of the Head of the School of Music (or his/her nominee), a senior member of the academic staff of the School (nominated by the Head of the School), and the President of the Friends of the School of Music (or her or his nominee).


The closing date for applications is Friday, 28 September 2012. 3 hard copies of the application should be lodged in the Friends of the School of Music Box on Level 5 of the School of Music or with the Receptionist at the School on Level 4. As well as the hard copies, applicants should have available a soft copy to be emailed on request to a nominated recipient.

As well as addressing the criteria above, applications should include contact information (email address, phone number and postal address.) Value of the Fellowship

The value of the Fellowship in 2013 will be $5,000.

Approved by Friends of the School of Music Committee
June 2011

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