Music Fellowships, Competitions and Grants

This guide is a list of funding resources for musicians including such topics as fellowships, competitions and grants. Resources are broken down into two categories: those at Boston University and those outside the University. Please direct all inquiries to

Resources at Boston University

GUTS – Grants for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarship

August 1st deadline.
Faculty may apply for funds to enable or enhance inquiry-based courses for undergraduates.

Humanities Foundation

various program deadlines
Accepts proposals by University affiliates seeking support for individual and collective scholarly work toward symposia, publication, student and junior faculty research, and library acquisitions.

Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

multiple programs, deadlines
Relevant to all affiliates from undergraduates through faculty in their advisory, teaching and research roles. Coordinates information and applications for fellowships, scholarships, awards and prizes internal to the University as well as for many other domestic and international programs which require the University’s review.

Office of Sponsored Programs

multiple programs, deadlines
Locate external funding opportunities, including links to federal funding; provides assistance with proposal development through administration of funded projects; additional relevant link to BU’s IRB

UROP – Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

Promotes student involvement in research activities of University faculty; also helps identify undergraduate opportunities outside the University.

Resources outside the University

American Musicological Society

See the Society’s own Awards, Grants, Fellowships. See also within their AMS Newsletter at that site for many more current competitions for scholarly grants and fellowships.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Career Network

Updated weekly, these vacancy listings cover teaching, research and administrative positions in advanced academic settings; postings from domestic institutions as well as those from abroad may be found here.

Composer Opportunities

American Music Center
American Composers Forum
Resources for Young Composers
Wisconsin Alliance for Composers (WAC)

Foundation Center

This site includes links to nonprofit resources, a tutorial in proposal writing, and a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section that includes guidance on how and where to begin the process of foundation and grants research.

Designed to provide a single entry point across 26 federal agencies.

IREX – International Research & Exchanges Board

Established in 1968, this nonprofit organization administers academic exchanges between the Newly Independent States, Central and Eastern Europe, Mongolia, and China. See especially its pages for Jobs and Internships, Underwriting Scholarships, and Best of Web.

National Association for Music Education Career Resources

Compiled by the National Association for Music Education; chiefly elementary and secondary school positions, some at university-level or in administration.

NEA – National Endowment for the Arts

An independent US government supported agency providing funding in the arts

NEH – National Endowment for the Humanities

An independent US gevernment supported grant-making agency

Social Science Research Council

Administers many dissertation support, fellowship and other special program opportunities in both specialized and interdisciplinary studies.