Alison Dunlop Graduate Prize of the Society for Musicology in Ireland 2021

Call for Nominations: Alison Dunlop Graduate Prize of the Society for Musicology in Ireland 2021

Nominations deadline: 19 November 2021

The Alison Dunlop Graduate Prize was inaugurated in 2017 in memory of the Irish musicologist Dr Alison Dunlop and is awarded biennially by the SMI for a distinguished thesis on any musicological topic submitted within the past two academic years as part of a taught-course masters degree at an institution in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. The winning thesis is selected by a prize committee and submitted to the SMI Council for award at the annual SMI Postgraduate Conference.

Graduates need not apply or submit directly. Each institution should nominate one masters thesis based on internal selection and forward it in electronic format (pdf) to Dr Bryan Whitelaw ( For the 2021 competition the nominated thesis must have been submitted for examination during either the 2019-20 or 2020-21 academic years. The nominated thesis should arrive no later than 19 November 2021 to be considered for the 2021 competition.

The prize will be awarded at the joint SMI/ICTM-IE Postgraduate Conference on 14–15 January 2022 at Dublin City University. Recipients are encouraged to present their findings at an SMI Conference.

Queries regarding the Alison Dunlop Graduate Prize should be directed by email to

Alison Dunlop (1985–2013)
Dr Alison Dunlop graduated from Queen's University Belfast with a BA in Modern Greek and Music (first class honours) and a MA in Music (distinction). She went on to complete a doctoral thesis at Queen’s on the composer Gottlieb Muffat (1690–1770) under the supervision of Professors Yo Tomita and Ian Woodfield. Dr Dunlop studied piano with Roy Holmes at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and performed at venues throughout Ireland, including the National Gallery, Dublin and the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. A teaching assistant at Queen's University, she was joint co-ordinator there of the 14th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music. She published on various aspects of keyboard music and source studies and presented at academic gatherings in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. Dr Dunlop is author of The Life and Works of Gottlieb Muffat, 1690–1770 (Vienna: Hollitzer Wissenschaftsverlag, 2013).