The Noëlle Mann Scholarship


The Serge Prokofiev Foundation is offering a scholarship in memory of Noëlle Mann, founder of the Serge Prokofiev Archive and the Centre for Russian Music at Goldsmiths, who died in 2010. Due to Noëlle’s activities over many years, Goldsmiths has become an important centre for the study of Russian music in the UK.

Call for applications 2017-18

The award will be offered to a postgraduate research student in the Department of Music at Goldsmiths, starting in September 2018. Preference will be given to research projects dealing directly with an aspect of Prokofiev’s life and music, but topics related to his work in its broader context will also be considered. Those intending to carry out their research as part of the PhD Performance pathway are also eligible to apply.

In each year of the award, the scholarship will be to the value of the current home/EU full-time tuition fee for the relevant PhD pathway. For part-time enrollment, the award will be reduced by 50% per annum. The scholarship may be granted for the normal period of the postgraduate study proposed.

The scholar will also be eligible for an annual travel bursary of £500 for the purpose of researching materials held at the Serge Prokofiev Archive at Columbia University or in other international archives.

Please follow the link to the Centre for Russian Music to see details on the department’s specialism in Russian music and various possibilities for research support. Your application should be made and submitted using the normal college application form. It should include a proposal of up to 2000 words explaining your intended research project, and how you see it fitting into the department’s research profile for Russian music studies.

Applications must be received by 9 February 2018 and should be clearly marked ‘Music PhD Prokofiev Scholarship 2018’. Interviews will be held in February-March 2018 and the successful applicant will be informed as soon as possible thereafter.

For further enquiries please email Dr Tamsin Alexander.

Current award holder

The 2012 scholarship was awarded to Ondrej Gima. His research proposal, entitled "A critical understanding of Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel and construction of an Urtext edition of the 1920 vocal score", addresses research questions of real significance to Prokofiev scholarship. Ondrej estimates that 65-70% of the materials that he would require to undertake the project are in the Prokofiev Archive. His PhD studies would fit very well with the aspirations of the Prokofiev Foundation regarding both a complete edition and the proposed digitisation of materials.

He has been jointly supervised by Professor Simon Morrison, Princeton University, USA, and until 2014, by Professor Alexander Ivashkin, Goldsmiths, University of London