Robert Walser and Susan McClary Fellowship

Judith McCulloh

Robert Walser and Susan McClary

Intended to diversify the field of scholars working on American music, the Robert Walser and Susan McClary Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding Ph.D. candidate at a U.S. or Canadian university who is a member of a historically underrepresented group in the field. Applications are especially welcome from African Americans, Native Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans, and, from Canada, aboriginal peoples and visible minorities (as defined by Canadian legislation). The Society embraces and promotes diversity of race, ethnicity, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, and religion, among other expressions, among our membership and throughout all Society activities. The award recognizes academic achievement and future promise in the study of American music. The fellowship, granted annually, provides a six-month stipend of $11,000. Upon completion of the endowment, the fellowship program will be expanded to support two full-year fellowships.


To apply for the 2018-2019 fellowship, you must be:

The Society for American Music seeks to foster a welcoming and inclusive community throughout all Society activities and among all Society members. We work toward cultivating the wide spectrum of viewpoints, methods, and topics of scholarship that characterize the study of all musics of the Americas.

How to Apply

Please submit the following by November 1, 2017 via email to Charles Hiroshi Garrett:


This fellowship, granted annually, provides a six-month stipend of $11,000 for Ph.D. candidates enrolled full time at their educational institution. It is not deferrable or renewable; it must be accepted during the academic year following the application submission. It cannot be held concurrently with a comparable year-long fellowship unless the SAM award is accepted on an honorary basis. It may be held consecutively with a short-term fellowship or short-term teaching/TA position, where short-term is defined as fewer than six months. A student who possesses a full-year fellowship or teaching position from their home institution for the fellowship year must make arrangements to decrease their existing funding to a half-year stipend; alternately, the awardee may accept the SAM fellowship on an honorary basis. The fellowship does not provide payment of tuition or fees. The society encourages the student’s home institution to provide tuition fellowships and fee waivers during the fellowship period. The winner is informed before the Society’s Annual Conference in the Spring; a public announcement is made at the conference.

Fellowship Committee

Charles Hiroshi Garrett (2017-2019), chair; Carol Oja (2018-2021), David Ake (2017-2018)