Music Scholarship - The Ewan MacColl Memorial Scholarship

Newcastle University

Value of award: £1000

Number of awards: 1

Start date and duration

September 2018 for one year full-time or two years part-time (awarded pro-rata if studying part time).

Application closing date

12.00 noon, Tuesday 31 July 2018.


The Ewan MacColl Memorial Award is offered through competitive application to a student accepting a place to study on the MMus, MLitt  or MPhil in Music degree programmes at Newcastle University and whose research encompasses folk music (not classical or pop music).

The International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University has a particularly strong research profile in the area of folk and traditional musics. Please see individual staff profiles for possible supervisors and our website for further information on our research.

The scholarship must be used to help fund the costs of carrying out research or practical activities relating to the recipient’s Masters research project. For example, it could support travel for a student concentrating on collecting, recording or research. It may not be used to fund living expenses or tuition fees.


Ewan MacColl family.

Ewan MacColl was born in 1915 in Salford to socialist Scots parents. Ewan wrote songs throughout his whole life, and as the folk revival gathered pace in the 1950s his output increased dramatically as he poured his energy into writing in the style of the traditional songs of the British Isles. By the time he died in 1989, he left behind an extensive recorded catalogue of his work and a vast repertoire of songs. ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ and ‘Dirty Old Town’ are two of the best known and most often covered of these.

Eligibility Criteria

UK, EU and International students are eligible to apply. Your proposed research must be in the area of folk music (and might be musicological, ethnomusicological or practice based).

You should hold, or expect to achieve, a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in music or a closely related discipline.

If your first language is not English you need IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills) or equivalent. 

We welcome applications from all sections of the community regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and wish to encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented groups in UK higher education.

How to Apply:

For full details on how to apply, please see the advert on Newcastle University’s funding page at


Professor David Clarke

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