Small awards for research at Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University, USA

Each year the Institute of Jazz Studies awards up to ten grants of $1,000 each to assist jazz researchers. Half of the awards are designated for students in the Rutgers-Newark Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research and half are awarded to scholars from other institutions or unaffiliated researchers to enable them to visit IJS in conjunction with their projects. The Institute is a special collection of the John Cotton Dana Library on the Rutgers-Newark campus.

The Morroe Berger – Benny Carter Jazz Research Fund was established in 1987 with a gift by composer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist Benny Carter (1907-2003) in memory of Morroe Berger. Berger, a close friend and Carter’s biographer, was a professor of sociology at Princeton University until his death in 1981.

Carter’s initial gift was matched by the Berger family, who asked that Carter’s name be added to the Fund’s title. Benny Carter, his wife Hilma, and other donors have regularly added to the endowment over the years. To date, over 85 awards have been given to scholars and students worldwide working in a variety of disciplines, including jazz history, musicology, bibliography, and discography.

Rutgers Master’s Program Students:
Students currently enrolled in the Rutgers-Newark Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research. NOTE: Students must be nominated by a member of the Jazz Program faculty. Please contact Prof. Lewis Porter before submitting an application.

Jazz researchers at Rutgers or other institutions or non-affiliated researchers whose projects would benefit from the use of the research collections of the Institute of Jazz Studies.

Previous Berger-Carter award recipients are not eligible.

Send a brief (two-page maximum) resumé and a one-page description of your project and how this award and access to IJS collections will facilitate your research. Include your full contact information (email and mailing addresses). The resumé and one-page description should be sent as MS Word or pdf attachments to:

Applications are due by June 28, 2013. Awards will be announced by July 31, 2013.

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