Judith Tick Fellowship

Judith Tick photoJudith Tick, the Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Music History at Northeastern University in Boston, has been a leading figure in American music scholarship for several decades, having made major contributions through her books, articles, and public presentations, as well as through teaching and outstanding service to the field of musicology. A permanent research endowment was established in her honor by the Society for American Music, the premiere professional organization in her areas of greatest interest.

This fellowship shall be given to support scholarly research leading to publication on musical topics involving Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  Preference will be given to projects that resonate with the primary research areas that have been the focus of Prof. Tick’s distinguished career, including women’s music-making across time and musical genres; musical biography; and source studies in American music. The fellowship is awarded competitively to scholars at any phase of their careers. The fellowship may support research expenses for archival or ethnographic research, including but not limited to travel expenses, books, and media resources. The maximum award is $1,000.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a member in good standing of the Society. Click here to join or renew!

A one-page budget and final report are to be submitted by the recipient to the Executive Director of the Society no more than one year after the award is presented.

Application Information

The Society for American Music seeks to award fellowships to support a broad spectrum of research conducted by society members. Projects that have already received SAM fellowship support are not eligible to receive the Tick Fellowship.

1. Applicants will provide a one-page letter of application with contact information; a current full CV; a narrative of no more than five pages (double-spaced) that describes the scope of the project and the need for funding; and a one-page budget for the project.

2. Applicants must be members in good standing of the Society for American Music.

3. No more than one award will be offered in each cycle. The amount of the award each cycle will vary depending on the interest generated by its endowment.  The maximum award is $1,000.

4. Applicants should include a full mailing address, phone number, and email address (where an acknowledgement will be sent). Applications should be emailed to the committee chair, Amy Beal.

Entry Deadline

November 1, 2017


Amy Beal (2017-19), chair; Ethel Haughton (2016-2019), Marion Wilson Kimber (2017-2021)

Award Winners

Award Year Winner

Cesar D. Favila, “The Musical Lives of Novohispanic Women”

2016 Candace Bailey, A Southern Musical Miscellany: Women, Music, and the Performance of Culture in the U.S. South, 1840-1880

Kate Galloway, “Soundscaping the Radio: Hildegard Westerkamp’s Community Engagement on Vancouver’s Co-op Radio”

2014 Kendra Preston Leonard, "The Complete Works for Voice and Piano by Louise Talma, a Scholarly Edition"