Paul Charosh Independent Scholar Fellowship

Judith McCulloh
Paul Charosh

Paul Charosh is a retired member of both the Sociology and Computer Science Departments of Brooklyn College (CUNY) with a scholarly interest in the social history of American music beginning in the mid-nineteenth century.  Though he does not possess formal music-related credentials, his articles have appeared in American Music and other scholarly publications.  This award seeks to encourage others to do independent work as music scholars, even if their formal training and careers may have evolved elsewhere.

The Paul Charosh Independent Scholar Fellowship is intended to foster research by independent scholars, and to encourage their participation in Society conferences. Applicants are not required to hold any particular degree or certification, nor do they need to be a current member of SAM. "Independent scholars" are defined as those whose research is independent of their place of employment or affiliation, and therefore they receive no financial support for expenses of research, including attending conferences. Most independent scholars are employed outside of the academy. Scholars with adjunct teaching status at institutions of higher learning are eligible, but only if the scholar's affiliation with said institution is contingent: that is, a non-renewable contract of one year or less.

The recipient will be expected to attend and participate in the Society's upcoming conference. Specific conditions of the participation will be made in consultation with the award committee and the Society's Board. The awardee's name and presence, and nature of their participation in the conference, will be noted in the program. Conference registration fees for the awardee will be waived.

Application Information

Applicants will provide a letter of application with contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email address) and the following:

  1. An overview of your engagement with American music as an independent scholar;
  2. A 500-word (maximum) narrative describing your research project;
  3. One or two sentences explaining how attending the SAM conference will benefit you and/or your project; and
  4. A statement describing any financial support you have received for research or travel to meetings (from your employer or from an institution or organization).

The award is offered once annually. The maximum award is $1,500.

Applications should be emailed to the committee chair, James Doering.

Entry Deadline
November 1, 2018 (for the upcoming conference in New Orleans, 20-24 March 2019)

Members of the Committee

James Doering, chair (2017-20), chair; Carolyn Bryant (2015-21), Ross Fenimore (2016-19)

Previous Fellows

Award Year Fellow
2018 Andrew Virdin
2017 Heather Buchanan
2016 Felicia Miyakawa