The $3000 fellowship will be awarded to a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Musicology to support research, which may sometimes include travel, in connection with a research project that will culminate in a public presentation and concert. Applicants must submit the following.

  • a 500-word essay that describes how the Professor Ciro Zoppo Graduate Student Award will enhance a clearly defined research project, and includes a plan for the performance.
  • A detailed budget that includes the concert and recording as well as research and potential travel expenses.
  • A detailed resume or curriculum vitae.

Applicants must possess a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The award will be given only to students who are conducting research on non-canonical composers, prior to 1950, who have limited or no publication. Research should include the use of, but is not restricted to, church records, library holdings, or personal interviews. The Musicology Department maintains a database of eligible composers to assist students in formulating proposals, but students are encouraged to find composers not already in the database.

Recipients of the award are especially encouraged to report to the department any materials relating to other peripheral, non-canonical, and unperformed composers they encounter during their research. Any changes to the original proposal must be approved by the Department of Musicology Chair.

The recipient of the award will give a public presentation on the research project, in the academic year after the award was presented. The public presentation must include a concert, not necessarily by the recipient, along with the research findings; the concert should be presented as such, and not a lecture demonstration. A stipend may be available if additional performers are needed. A DVD and/or sound recording must be made of the performance. The recipient of the award may reapply for the Ciro Zoppo Graduate Student Award if a strong showing of progress toward completion of the research project is made.

If you have any questions, please contact the Assistant to the Chair of Musicology, Amanda Armstrong at