With a prize fund of €15,000 the RDS Music Bursary is one of the largest single bursaries on offer to a young musician in Europe. Open to vocalists, conductors and instrumentalists, the Bursary aims to assist a young professional musician develop their career through further study at home or abroad or for the purchase of a musical instrument.
The aim of the Society's founders in 1731 was to improve Ireland's economic condition by promoting the development of Agriculture, Arts, Industry and Science. Inspired by the founding aims and purpose of the Society, the Foundation Programme supports Irish society by acting as a catalyst to ensure that the coming generations can fulfil their potential. Below is an overview of the projects within the RDS Foundation Programme.
The RDS Rising Stars Concerts showcase new talent in Irish classical music. We provide an audience and a venue for talented third-level music students to help them gain valuable performance experience. The next Rising Stars Concert will take place on Thursday November 17 2016 in the RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge.
The RDS Economic Vision 2020 series will give attendees the opportunity to hear directly from some of the most influential figures in Irish business.
The annual RDS Craft Awards showcase and reward excellence in Irish craft. Established in 1968, the Awards follow an RDS tradition of promoting Irish craft which dates back to the nineteenth century. The competition is an open platform for Irish craftspeople to have their work assessed by an independent judging panel of Irish and international craft experts.
The 2016 Awards had a prize fund in excess of €30,000.
The Irish Forest and Woodland Awards recognise and reward farmers and woodland owners who are employing the principles of Climate-Smart Agriculture on their properties including: sound commercial management, environmental protection and bio diversity.
Through the Library Speaker Series, the RDS hosts a diverse range of interesting and informative talks by noted speakers for Members of the Society and the general public. This continues a long established tradition of lectures at the Society reaching back over 200 years.
In response to the Global Alliance announcement on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) at the 2014 Climate Summit, the RDS and the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) have come together to establish a Leadership Forum on CSA.
The RDS STEM Learning Programme is an innovative and interactive professional development programme aimed at developing primary school teachers' pedagogical and conceptual knowledge of science and mathematics.
The RDS Visual Art Awards provides a platform for graduating artists as they transition from student into early professional career. In order to ensure that the awards remain relevant in a changing cultural environment the RDS has initiated some changes to the way the Awards are run. This year the RDS has replaced the open competition by the appointment of a team of independent curators to view the end of year degree shows in selected colleges around the country. They have shortlisted artists, who were invited to apply online for the 2016 RDS Visual Art Awards. Please read the rules of entry for the competition. The 2016 RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition curated by Alice Maher, will be on show from October 26-31, in the RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge. Entry is free.
Now going into its eighth year, the RDS Primary Science Fair will take place in January 2017 in both Dublin and Limerick. As a non-competitive forum, the RDS Primary Science Fair showcases STEM investigations undertaken by primary school classes across Ireland. The investigations encourage the children’s innate curiosity to explore the science behind the everyday.