Judith Tick Fellowship


Judith 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.

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.

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.



An applicant must be a member in good standing of the Society.

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.


Application Requirements

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

  • 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.
  • A one-page budget for the project.



November 1


Past Fellows

Year Fellow
2019 Amanda Sewell: “Wendy Carlos, A Biography”
2018 A. Kori Hill, “Florence Price’s Violin Concertos”
2017 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
2015 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