Musicology Department


The A. Peter Brown Research Travel Award

This is a yearly award established by Carol V. Brown in her husband's memory to make possible archival and other kinds of research outside Indiana University by students in the Musicology Department. Professor Brown found that his own research travel to Europe enormously expanded his horizons as a scholar and as a person, and this grant is intended to provide our students with similar opportunities.

Applications should include a description of the project, the duration of the proposed travel, and a tentative budget including transportation, lodging, and other expenses. Please note that the grant does not include travel to conferences, but that visits to archives, libraries, and other research-related work, both foreign and domestic, are all appropriate.


The Austin B. Caswell Award

This award was established in 1998 in honor of Austin B. Caswell, who was a devoted teacher and member of the musicology faculty at Indiana University from 1966 until his retirement in 1996. The Caswell Award recognizes the two best undergraduate music history papers written at the Jacobs School of Music each year.


Students may nominate their own papers. Alternatively, students’ papers may be nominated by faculty members, associate instructors, and classmates. To be eligible for this year’s award, a paper must have been submitted in fulfillment of course requirements for a music history class during the 2019 calendar year. A student need not be currently enrolled as an IU undergraduate in order to be eligible to submit a paper; for example, a student who submitted a paper for M402 in spring 2019 may have since graduated but is still eligible to submit that paper for consideration. Each student may submit a maximum of one paper.


Winners will be recognized at the Jacobs School of Music commencement luncheon, where each will receive a certificate and a $250 award.


Papers must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline (see Deadlines and Important Dates).

How to apply

Please submit the following materials for consideration via our online application HERE:

  1. Online application form (name, title, date submitted, course for which it was written, etc.)
  2. Digital copy of the paper that is clean (free of instructor comments or editorial marks) and identified by title only (do not include student name on the paper)

Submitted papers will be read and judged by a committee of faculty members in the Musicology Department. The committee will not consider submissions that arrive after the deadline or that fail to meet the submission guidelines.


Dissertation-Year Fellowship

The Dissertation-Year Fellowship in Musicology is awarded each year to an outstanding student by the School of Music. The award is based on the recommendation of the musicology faculty. It provides a stipend of $12,000 for one academic year. To be eligible, a student must have had the dissertation proposal approved by his or her research committee and presented to the department by the annual deadline (see departmental calendar). Those holding the dissertation-year fellowship must be able to devote full-time to the fellowship (i.e., they may not hold any other appointment that exceeds ten hours per week). To apply for the dissertation-year fellowship, send a note of interest to the department chair, including the dissertation title and the names of the research committee members.


Freda and Walter Kaufmann Prize

The Freda and Walter Kaufmann Prize in Musicology is awarded annually by the IU musicology faculty to a student who has demonstrated excellence in all aspects of graduate study and has shown professional initiative.