Graduate Studies

Grants and Fellowship Opportunities

Eastman/University of Rochester Opportunities:

Breadth Fellowship (for PhD Students only):

Teaching Fellowships in the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program

The Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program offers teaching fellowships for graduate students in the Eastman School.  Through this fellowship, graduate students design their own version of Reasoning and Writing in the College (WRT 105), a theme-based first-year writing course. All instructors accepted into the program will teach one section of WRT 105 in fall and the same course in spring, participate in our training program, and attend the program orientation at the end of August.  The minimum commitment for Eastman School applicants is two years; however, successful performance is required for reappointment after the first year.  Compensation packages vary depending on whether graduate students reside in the College or in the Warner School, as well as on individual funding situations.

Please see the following link for details:

The Raymond N. Ball Dissertation Year Fellowship similarly funds students who are completing their dissertations. The University of Rochester awards this fellowship to several outstanding graduate students in the humanities (including music), economics, or business administration fields. The award is made by the University dean of graduate studies based on nominations from the relevant departments, and Eastman students have received this fellowship in past years.

The Elsa T. Johnson Fellowship, a one-year award that carries a stipend of around $14,000, is available for musicology students in the dissertation-writing stage of their work. Information about the annual competition for this fellowship is available in the musicology office.

The Eastman Professional Development Committee (PDC) awards funds for significant professional opportunities for faculty and students. This is a competitive application process that includes funding in three categories: faculty, individual students, and chamber groups. Deadlines for proposals to be reviewed are November 1, December 1, February 1, March 1, April 1, and June 1.

Application forms and complete instructions are posted on the Academic Affairs Office webpage at Please address questions to Amanda Sharpe in Academic Affairs.

Other Funding Opportunities:

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) offers fellowship and grant programs that promote the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social sciences research and support scholars at the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career. Comprehensive information and eligibility criteria for all programs can be found at Application deadlines vary by program.

The American Council of Learned Societies is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities. In the 2019-20 competition year, ACLS awarded over $25 million to more than 350 scholars worldwide. Recent fellows’ and grantees’ profiles and research abstracts are available at

The American Musicological Society hosts a webpage with links for numerous travel and research fellowships, such as the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), the Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship, the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Academy in Rome. Details for each granting program may be found at the following link:

The American Association of University Women hosts a webpage with links for numerous fellowships and grants, including Career Development Grants, Community Action and International Project Grants, and International Fellowships. Details for each program may be found at the following link:

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is accepting applications for Fellowships and Grants programs for the 2021/22 academic year.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Grants are considered suitable for post-graduate scholars, professionals, and candidates in the arts to carry out research or study visits of one to three months duration. Fellowships are intended to support a year-long stay. Priority is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related study or research. In 2019, 63 students, professionals and artists were provided over $725,350 in total funding.

Online application and further ASF Award information available online:

The ASF also awards fellowships and grants to Scandinavians. These are made on the recommendation of ASF’s cooperating organizations abroad, with each country setting its own deadline. Contact information for the ASF’s cooperating organizations in Scandinavia can be found on the ASF website.


Intended to increase the presence of minority scholars and teachers in musicology, the Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship supports one year of graduate work for a student at a U.S. or Canadian university who is a member of a historically underrepresented group, including, in the U.S., African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans, and, in Canada, aboriginal peoples and visible minorities (as defined by Canadian legislation). Preference will normally be given to candidates who are citizens or permanent residents of a North American country. The winner receives a twelve-month stipend currently set at $23,000, and the fellowship is intended for full-time study.

The application is due on or before 8 January 2021, 11:59 p.m. EST.


The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months. Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a collaborative process involving expert evaluators in both countries.

The Chateaubriand fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) is offered by the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France. Candidates must obtain a letter of recommendation from their advisor(s) in the U.S., a letter of invitation from a professor affiliated with a French university or research institution, and contact their supervisor in France as early as possible. Benefits include a monthly stipend, health insurance for the entire duration of the fellowship, and a round-trip ticket to France. The selection criteria include academic relevance of the research project, the student’s command of the subject, the benefits of a research trip to France for the future of the collaboration, background of the research collaboration, and contribution of the project to the academic exchange between France and the U.S.

The call for applications for 2021-2022 is now closed. For complete information on the fellowship and application, please visit For further details on the HSS Chateaubriand Program please contact


The Edward Hosharian Scholarship Fund is a non-profit organization established in honor of Composer and Conductor Edward Hosharian to assist Armenian Students in pursuit of their educational goals in music. The organization is awarding one $5,000 scholarship for the 2020-2021 school year. Payment will be made directly to the university or college in the name of the scholarship recipient. The criteria to apply are as follows:

  1. Armenian descent
  2. Financial need
  3. Full-time student at an accredited College/University in the United States
  4. Sophomore status or above
  5. Official transcript(s)
  6. Major in music performance or composition
  7. Two letters of recommendation from instructors or advisers
  8. Completed Application package by March 2, 2020

For more information please visit


Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the seventh annual competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program. In 2020, ACLS will place up to 21 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at diverse organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. This career-building initiative aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. The fellowship carries a stipend of $70,000, with health insurance for the fellow and up to $3,000 for professional development activities.

In 2020, Public Fellows have the opportunity to join one of the following organizations:

  1. Alliance for Higher Education in Prison (Denver, CO) – Community Engagement Director
  2. American Association for the Advancement of Science (Washington, DC) – Government Relations Project Manager
  3. American Civil Liberties Union (New York, NY) – Research Associate
  4. Asian Cultural Council (New York, NY) – Manager of Strategic Research
  5. Children’s Defense Fund (Washington, DC) – Senior Research Associate
  6. City of Seattle Innovation & Performance Team (Seattle, WA) – Outreach & Engagement Research Analyst
  7. Humanities Action Lab (Newark, NJ) – Public Programming and Exhibitions Manager
  8. Institute for Study Abroad (Indianapolis, IN) – Assistant Director of Global Learning and Assessment
  9. National Book Foundation (New York, NY) – Education Programs Manager
  10. New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (Newark, NJ) – Policy Analyst
  11. ONE Archives Foundation (Los Angeles, CA) – Communications Manager
  12. Oxfam America (Washington, DC) – Research and Policy Advisor
  13. Partnership for Public Service (Washington, DC) – Writer and Editor, Communications Team
  14. Partnership for Working Families (Oakland, CA) – Public Goods Policy Strategist
  15. Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (Pittsburgh, PA) – Government Relations Specialist
  16. Refugees International (Washington, DC) – Program Manager
  17. San Francisco Arts Commission (San Francisco, CA) – Community Impact Analyst
  18. Solutions Journalism Network (New York, NY) – Higher Education Program Specialist
  19. Twin Cities Public Television (St Paul, MN) – Audience Development Project Manager
  20. University Settlement Society of New York (New York, NY) – Advocacy Director
  21. Washington Center for Equitable Growth (Washington, DC) – Engagement Project Manager

Applicants must possess US citizenship or permanent resident status and have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between September 1, 2020, and June 19, 2020. Applicants must have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than April 6, 2020. The deadline for submitted applications is Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 9 pm EDT. Applications will be accepted only through the ACLS online application system (OFA).

Further information about the application process and this year’s positions is available at (Information on the 2021-22 competition will be provided on the website in fall 2020).


The Presser Graduate Music Award honors students who have demonstrated “superb musical talent with emphasis in one or more of these areas: performance, composition, musicology, music education.” Applicants must be returning graduate students during the academic year following their nomination year. The Presser Foundation supports activities such as the following: a summer abroad to study with a noted teacher or participate at an important festival; travel to audition with orchestras, opera companies, chamber ensembles, etc., for professional opportunities; research leading to a publication or performance. The nominee’s proposed project must include a budget that accounts for the $10,000 (taxable) stipend, and the project must be completed by the beginning of the following academic year.

Applications are made to Eastman’s Graduate Studies Office in December or January of each year, and must include a two-page project proposal with budget, and letter of recommendation from the student’s department chair. An Eastman committee will choose a single nominee to recommend to the Presser Foundation.


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Doctoral Fellowships and Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral Scholarships aim to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in undergraduate and graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities. Applicants apply for both awards by completing one application form. If you are eligible for both awards, SSHRC will automatically consider you for both. Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships are valued at $35,000 per year for 36 months. SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships are valued at $20,000 per year for 12, 24, 36 or 48 months. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

For information on how to apply, please visit


Society for Music Theory Dissertation Fellowship: Application Deadline October 30, 2020. For fellowship guidelines and an application form, go to:


The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a merit-based graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants. Every year the program selects 30 Fellows, each of whom receives up to $90,000 over one to two years for full-time graduate study in any discipline or profession at a US graduate institution. Fellows also join an extraordinary community of past recipients that includes over 550 New Americans working at the tops of their respective fields. If born abroad, an applicant must be a naturalized citizen, a green card holder, or a DACA recipient. If born in the United States, an applicant’s parents must have been born abroad as non-US citizens. Applicants must be applying to graduate school or in the first two years of their graduate program as of the application deadline. More information and the online application can be found at

The application for 2021 will close on October 29, 2020. Guidelines on eligibility are found at the following link:

Information on online webinar information sessions may be found via this link.


Summer Festival Fellowships

The Atlantic Music Festival Institute announces its 2021 Fellowship Programs. Eligibility requirements and submission information is now available online at the official Atlantic Music Festival website:

AMF Fellowship provides complete coverage of tuition, housing, and meals during the four weeks of residency. The program offers gifted young artists opportunities to perform and collaborate with internationally renowned artist-faculty members as resident artists of the Atlantic Music Festival.

Fellowship opportunities are available for the following programs:

Composers: – Composition Program

Conductors: – Conducting Program

Instrumentalists:Instrumental/Orchestral FellowshipContemporary Ensemble Fellowship – Future Music Lab Pianists: – Piano Institute and Seminar – Contemporary Ensemble Fellowship – Opera Coach Fellowship for Collaborative Pianists Singers & Opera Coaches:Opera WorkshopOpera Coach Fellowship for Collaborative Pianists

The submission deadline is February 15, 2021.