Charles Hamm Fellowship


This fellowship honors Charles Hamm and his profound contributions to the study of American music and popular music. He won the society’s inaugural Lowens Book Award for Music in the New World (1983) and also worked closely on 19th-century popular song, Irving Berlin, and George Gershwin. In 2002, he received the society’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

This fellowship is given annually to support a one-week research residency at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives facility on the campus of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. The fellowship program is co-sponsored by SAM and the Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University. Awarded competitively to scholars at any phase of their careers, the fellowship is designed to support expenses (such as travel, lodging, and duplication) associated with the residency. The award is offered once annually. The maximum award is $2,000. 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.



Applicants must be members in good standing of the Society for American Music. Previous winners of the Hamm Fellowship are not eligible to apply.


Application Requirements

In addition to the application form, the following materials are required:

  • One-page letter of application
  • Current full CV
  • Narrative of no more than five pages (double-spaced) that describes the scope of the project and explains the research plan as it relates to the holdings of the Rock Hall’s Library and Archives. Applicants are advised to contact the Library and Archives’ curator to confirm holdings and project feasibility in advance of submitting the fellowship application.
  • One-page budget for the project.



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Past Fellows