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|Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowships|
The Society makes available up to three funded dissertation-year fellowships each year. Any student registered in good standing for a doctorate at a North American university who has completed all formal degree requirements except the dissertation at the time of full application is eligible to apply. The fellowships are not intended for support of the early stages of research: it is expected that a Fellow's dissertation will be completed within the fellowship year.
Any submission for a doctoral degree in which the emphasis is on musical scholarship will be eligible.
Competition and Application Procedures
The Society's president, with confirmation by the Board of Directors, maintains a fellowship committee of at least fifteen respected musicologists from whom three judges, through a system of rotation and replacement, are chosen by the chair of the committee in any one year. Although the membership of the Fellowship Committee will be made public (and is widely representative of fields of study), the individual judges for the competition in any one year are not identified. The three judges view the applications without indications of name or institution.
Applications must be submitted online via the AMS Web site. The online application form will be available on this page around mid-November.
You will be requested to upload the following materials:
You should also arrange for a letter from the registrar or departmental Director of Graduate Studies attesting to ABD (all-but-dissertation) status, to be submitted using the form available here.
Please note: letters of recommendation, a curriculum vitae, and a bibliography are not required.
The current year's application round is now closed. The next application is due on or before 15 December 2020, 5:00 p.m. EST.
AHJ AMS 50 Fellowships are awarded solely on the basis of academic merit. Fellows receive a twelve-month stipend, currently set at $23,000. They may also elect to accept the award on a non-stipendiary basis (thus freeing scarce resources for others). The fellowships are intended for full-time study. An equivalent major award from another source may not be held concurrently or consecutively unless the AMS award is accepted without a stipend. Fellowships are for one year and are not deferable or renewable; Fellows are expected to focus on completing their dissertations and not to undertake teaching or similar obligations as instructors, teaching assistants, or in any similar capacity, whether paid or unpaid. There are no provisions for the payment of tuition: it is hoped that graduate schools will provide tuition fellowships or waivers.
Fellows are selected in the spring, announced in the summer, and given formal recognition at the Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation of the Society.
Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday 15 December 2020.