Pettman DARE Fellowship in
Music Education Project Management


A Pettman DARE Fellowship provides a fully-funded year of applied research in the Education department at Opera North and at the University of Leeds.

The programme runs September 2022 – August 2023.

Two Fellowships will be awarded in 2022/23: one for a UK citizen and one for a New Zealand citizen.

Applications for the UK Fellowship 2022/23 are open now, and will close at 23:59 BST on Sunday 19 June 2022.

As a Pettman DARE Fellow, you are registered as a taught postgraduate student at the University of Leeds, at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures.

The majority of practical research takes place with Opera North, where you learn about Music Education in the context of a large arts organisation, and assist in a broad spectrum of initiatives developed and delivered by the Education team, including Early Years and Family, Lifelong Learning, ON Youth Orchestra and Chorus, and In Harmony.

At the University of Leeds, you study Masters’ level modules on topics relevant to Music Education and the arts in the UK.

Through this combination of practical experience and academic study, the programme is assessed and accredited as a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Performing Arts Management.

Who is the 2022/23 Fellowship for?

We particularly welcome applications from recent graduates and early career professionals. You are unlikely to be shortlisted if you have already experienced a comparable paid internship.

What benefits do Fellows get from the programme?

What do Fellows do and learn at Opera North?

For at least two days a week, you are based at Opera North in Leeds, within the Education department at the new Howard Opera Centre (COVID-19 restrictions permitting). This entails:

What does the Fellow do and learn at the University of Leeds?

You spend at least two days a week studying at the University or researching off-campus. As a postgraduate student, you have access to the vast range of learning opportunities offered by the University as well as specific support from your academic mentors – great for research into topics relevant to music education and community engagement.

In addition to the Diploma’s assessed modules, you can audit (sit in on, without assessment) other lectures across the university.

How are Fellows supported and monitored?

You need to be self-driven.  We provide you with a broad range of opportunities and aim to respond positively to any suggestions you have.  It is up to you to make the most of them.

How is the Fellowship funded?

Thanks to the generosity of philanthropist Mrs Maureen Pettman and her late husband Barrie, the Fellowship is fully funded, including: 

The application process

To apply, you are required to: 

Please note you are unlikely to be shortlisted if you have already experienced a comparable paid internship.

All applications must be made via the form here.

Feedback will be available to those shortlisted for interview. This will be available on request and be shared via email or a telephone call. This feedback is based on the selection criteria above and the panellists’ anonymised notes. 

If you have any queries or require further information, please email

Accessibility, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As a signatory of Sound and Music’s Fair Access Principles, Opera North, together with the University of Leeds, is keen to attract the widest possible range of applicants for the Pettman DARE Fellowship, regardless of ethnic origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, age or religious belief.

To support this commitment and to help us develop our policies and procedures, we ask all job applicants to complete our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion survey. Any information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential, be held separately from the application form and will only be used for anonymous monitoring purposes.  It will not be used at any stage of the selection process.  Please note all questions are optional and we respect your right not to provide all or some of the information requested, but the more information that is supplied, the more effective our monitoring will be.

COVID-19 safety

Please note that the Fellowship will be delivered in line with Government guidance and laws regarding COVID-19, plus any additional measures put in place by Opera North and/or the University of Leeds.

We endeavour to have, when feasible, face to face contact with staff at Opera North, with our partner schools and communities, with other organisations in the cultural sector, and with fellow students and staff at the University of Leeds.  There may, however, be times when opportunities have to be curtailed or cancelled, sometimes at short notice, and when home working and virtual contact is essential. As for all staff and students, a flexible approach is required.


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