The Department of Music makes every effort to offer financial assistance to all worthy applicants. Fellowships and assistantships are generally renewable on a year-to-year basis, although a number of distinguished four-and five-year awards are made each year. In recent years, students in good standing have continued to receive support through the fourth year of study and beyond.
Applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance need do no more than check the appropriate box on the application form.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FELLOWSHIPS are awarded by the Graduate Division to entering music students of exceptional promise. These fellowships provide tuition, payment of the general fee, student health services and a stipend of $21630 for each of the four or five years of study (provided that the student's progress within the program is satisfactory). During the second and third years, the student normally serves as a teaching fellow within the department.
The School of Arts and Sciences awards travel funds (one trip per year) to Ph.D. students invited to give papers or to serve as commentators at meetings of professional organizations. Funds are awarded to cover up to $300 in eligible travel expenses. Information and an application form can be found by clicking here. The application form must be submitted to SAS BEFORE the trip, and requires your faculty advisor and grad chair's signature. Approval will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis until the funds have been exhausted.
Travel grants are also available from the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) for students presenting a paper or poster at a conference. Grants cover 50% of eligible travel expenses, up to a maximum of $500. For information and an application, click here. There are separate deadlines for September-December travel, January-April travel, and May-August travel. Requests for funding may be submitted before the deadline without official acceptance from the conference. Deadlines are published on the GAPSA website. The application requires a letter of recommendation from an advisor. Funds are awarded competitively; preference is given to applicants who have exhausted all other available funding sources.
Additionally, the department administers several prizes for distinguished student compositions: the David Halstead Prize, the Hilda K. Nitzsche Prize, and the Helen L. Weiss Prize.
Graduate Student Center
American Musicological Society
Society of Composers
Society for Ethnomusicology
Society for Music Theory