David Eden Award

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The trustees of the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society will be inviting applications for the first David Eden Award in due course.

The award is named after David Eden, a founder member of the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society, who for many years served on the Committee in the rôles of Chairman, Treasurer and editor of the Society’s magazine. David also extensively researched Sullivan’s life, family and works resulting in numerous books and articles. It is for this reason that an annual award has been named in his honour to assist postgraduate students researching the life and music of Sir Arthur Sullivan.

Terms and Conditions

  • The awards will be made by the trustees on the recommendation of the Committee of The Sir Arthur Sullivan Society.
  • An individual award may be for any amount not normally exceeding £1000.
  • The trustees reserve the right to make, in any one year, more than one award or none at all.
  • Successful applicants will be given free membership of the Society for a period of two years.
  • Applicants must be full-time or part-time students at a university or equivalent institution of higher education, registered for a higher degree by research.
  • Preference will normally be given to those working for a doctorate.
  • The applicant’s programme of study must be wholly or mainly concerned with the music or life of Sir Arthur Sullivan.
  • There is no age limit.
  • Awards may be made for any necessary research expenditure for which the applicant has no alternative source of funding, such as the purchase of books, music, or microfilms, or essential travel. They are not available for computer equipment, ordinary maintenance, course fees, or conference expenses.
  • Applicants are expected to demonstrate that they have researched the most economical costs for which they seek funding and to present a clear breakdown of those costs.
  • The recipient of an award must provide a full summary of the ways in which the money provided has been spent (by using our online form) as soon as possible after the funded project has been completed.
  • Awards will not be made retrospectively for expenditure already incurred.
  • Recipients must acknowledge the support which has been provided by the David Eden Award and the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society in all publications resulting from research assisted by the award and, if appropriate, use the Society’s logo.
  • To donate one copy of the final dissertation resulting from the work supported by the award to the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society within six months of completion.
  • The Society accepts no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for expenditure (or liabilities arising out of such expenditure) or for liabilities arising out of activities funded by the award.


  • Application for an award must be made on the form that will be available for downloaded below once applications are invited. Alternatively, the application form may be requested from the Secretary.
  • The applicant’s director of graduate studies or supervisor should be asked by the applicant to provide a confidential reference (to be sent separately using the downloadable form) giving a brief appraisal of the candidate, of the costings, and of the merit of the application. Applicants should ensure they have informed the named referee well in advance about this request in order to adhere to the closing date.
  • Applications should be sent to the Secretary at the address given below, to arrive no later than closing date. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials, including references, are submitted by the closing date. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

The Secretary
Sir Arthur Sullivan Society
1 Tremeddan Lane
PL14 3DR