The Handel Institute

Handel Institute Grants and Awards


Awards for Research

Applications are invited for Handel Institute Research Awards in support of research into the music or life of George Frideric Handel or his associates or contemporaries. One or more awards may be offered, up to a total of £1,000. Awards will not be made for the payment of university or college fees. There is no application form.
Applicants should submit an outline of their project, a breakdown of their estimated expenditure, and a note of any other funding (for the same project) applied for or received; they should also ask two referees to write on their behalf (references will not be solicited). Applications and references should be sent to or Dr Helen Coffey, Department of Music, Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK, and must arrive by 31 December 2016.
All applicants will be contacted as soon as possible thereafter. Any materials bought with an award will become the property of the Handel Institute when the applicant has finished using them.

The recipients of awards in 2015 were:

Robert Rawson (Canterbury): for an edition and recording of Pepusch’s Venus and Adonis
Judit Zsovár (Budapest): for research on the singer Anna Maria Strada

Conference Awards

Applications are invited for Handel Institute Conference Awards. These new awards, which are available for a trial period from 2014, are intended for individuals who wish to attend an overseas conference in order to read a paper on Handel (or on a Handel-related subject) that has already been accepted by the conference organisers. The awards are open to UK residents who wish to attend a conference elsewhere and to overseas residents who wish to attend one in the UK. Awards will relate to the cost of travel and/or accommodation, and applications must be submitted before expenditure is incurred. Preference will be given to applicants who are postgraduate students or early-career academics and to those wishing to attend a biennial conference of the American Handel Society, an annual conference of the Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gesellschaft (in Halle) or a conference of the Handel Institute; but the field is not limited in either of these ways.

Further Particulars

Grants for Staged Productions of Handel's Operas

The Handel Institute offers a grant of up to £5,000 towards a production of an opera by Handel. The production should be planned to take place before the end of 2019. The production company may be professional or amateur or a combination. The closing date for applications is 31 March 2017.

Further Particulars

Further grants and awards for research, conferences, and performance.

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