Anne Dhu McLucas Fellowship


This fellowship recognizes Anne Dhu McLucas’s contributions to American music studies and her selfless service to the Society, including her tenure as President. She was a brilliant polymath with wide-ranging interests in all things musical, a wonderful teacher, a gifted and supportive mentor, and a path-breaking scholar. The fellowship honors Prof. McLucas’s primary areas of scholarly interest by providing support to a graduate student conducting research (archival or fieldwork) on traditional music (music in the oral tradition) or Native American/First Nation music.

The Fellowship may support research expenses, including but not limited to travel expenses, lodging, media resources, and duplication expenses. The winner of the award is also granted one complimentary year of membership in the Society. The maximum award is $1,000. No more than one award will be offered annually.

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.



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 (Block, Cone, Graziano, McCulloh, Thomson, Tick) are not eligible to receive the McLucas Fellowship. The fellowship is open to graduate students pursuing research (archival or fieldwork) on traditional music (music in the oral tradition) or Native American/First Nation music.


Application Requirements

In addition to the application form, the applicant must supply the following materials:

  • A one-page letter of application that includes biographical information (brief background/personal history, status within the academic program, long-range career goals) and contact information.
  • A narrative of no more than 1500 words that describes the scope of the project and the need for funding. This essay should include a summary timeline for the proposed project and explain both how the project fits within the applicant’s ongoing dissertation and how it extends current work within the applicant’s sub-discipline (keeping in mind that the committee will not necessarily include experts within that sub-discipline).
  • A one-page budget for the project.
  • A one-page (single-spaced) bibliography.
  • A current CV. 
  • One letter of reference from a scholar who is familiar with your work (the letter should be sent separately by your recommender to the committee chair).



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Past Fellows

Year Fellow
2019 Sophia Enriquez: Mexilachian Music Sin Fronteras: The Lua Project and Hybridity in Central Appalachia” (The Ohio State University)
Jessica Margarita Gutierrez Masini: “Understanding Native American Indigeneity through Danza in Southwest Powwows: A Decolonized Approach” (UC Riverside)
2017 Carolyn Chong, “The Role of Pan-Indigenous Festivals in the Arctic: (Re)storying the Past and (Re)building Indigenous-Settler Relations Through Intercultural Musical Encounters