Grants & Awards for Peabody Students
Selected grants and awards available to Peabody/JHU students along with information about JHU campus-wide funding resources.
- If you aim to apply for a grant such as the Presser, see our Tips for Writing Grant Proposals.
- If you're interested in submitting a Peabody Career Development Grant, see our 1-page Sample Career Dev. Grant (Word 2010; JHED ID required).
- For additional, non-JHU funding resources, visit the grants section of our Job Search Page.
- Grant applications require budgets - view budget templates at MS Office and Google Docs.
The MECC staff will help you develop projects and proposals. Contact us for appointments.
Also see: Competitions for Peabody Students.
Peabody Career Development Grants
Application Deadline: One deadline per semester. Spring 2017 Deadline: 4:30pm on April 3
Application Procedures: www.peabody.jhu.edu/conservatory/deansoffice/careerdev/
Sample Career Dev. Grant (JHED ID required): Sample Career Dev. Grant - Word 2010
Summary: Designed to support diverse career-enhancing activities, especially those that benefit the wider community, Peabody's Career Development grants are administered by the Office of the Dean of the Peabody Institute. Applications are accepted once each semester.
Qualified Projects: The committee will give special consideration to innovative and self-sustaining projects but consideration will also be given to funding performances, competition participation, recording projects, the purchase of instruments, photography, etc.
Not Funded: Support for regular college or university study; commissions of original compositions by current Peabody students
- Peabody graduate students
- Undergraduate students enrolled for at least two years at Peabody
- Alumni within two years of graduation
- A maximum of two awards may be granted to any student or alum and no more than one award every two academic years.
Grant amounts average $400, although larger amounts may sometimes be awarded.
MECC helps students prepare grant proposals and develop project ideas. Email MECC your draft materials as Word docs long before any deadline (we are unlikely to be able to accommodate last-minute requests for proposal review).
Peabody Dean's Incentive Grants
Spring 2017 Application Deadline: March 8
Established in 2015 with funding from generous donors, the Dean’s Incentive Grants provide grant funding to seed faculty- and student-led projects that focus on innovation, interdisciplinary initiatives, or community partnerships to advance Peabody’s goals.
Up to five student grants of between $3,000 and $5,000 will be awarded. All current students of the Peabody Institute are eligible to apply.
The deadline for submission for the spring grant cycle is March 8, 2017, following the parameters outlined on the webpage linked below. Applications will be reviewed by a committee appointed by Dean Bronstein; the committee will make funding recommendations for final consideration by the Dean.
Awards will be announced by April 17, 2017. All projects should be substantially complete by July 1, 2018.
Loraine Bernstein Memorial Fund
for Accompanists for Voice Students
Applications are accepted throughout the academic year
Summary: The Loraine Bernstein Memorial Fund for Accompanists for Voice Students was established by the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust to honor the memory of its longtime chief executive director, Loraine Bernstein. The purpose of the fund is to help current Peabody Conservatory voice majors meet expenses that are not ordinarily covered by Peabody's Graduate Assistantships in Accompanying and/or approved school accompanists.
Singers and their pianists may apply for funding from the fund to cover costs incurred in projects such as recordings and competitions, non-degree and off-campus performances, coaching needs for off-campus employment (e.g., operas, oratorio)
- Both the vocalist and pianist must be currently enrolled in a degree program at the Peabody Conservatory.
- Requests for funding should be submitted in writing as soon as possible before a performance or project date.
- Awards will typically range from $100-$300; larger amounts may be awarded in exceptional cases.
How to Apply for and Receive Funding:
- Submit an Application. Both parties must complete and sign an application form and submit it to Eileen Cornett.
- Submit a Report and Receipts. Following the completion of the approved project, to receive funds, a report must be submitted to Eileen Cornett and duplicate copy should be sent to the Peabody Development Office. This report should include: a) a description of the project and any documentation such as a printed program; b) the schedule of rehearsal hours; c) receipts for expenditures such as accompanist fees and transportation costs; d) estimated audience, if appropriate
Application Form: Download the Bernstein Fund guidelines and application form as a Word doc.
JHU Social Innovation Lab ($1,000 and Additional Support)
Application Deadline: Noon, Oct. 3, 2016
Johns Hopkins University's Social Innovation Lab is now accepting applications for its social venture incubator.
The Social Innovation Lab at JHU catalyzes innovative approaches to pressing social issues in Baltimore and beyond. SIL does this primarily by incubating innovative non-profits, mission-driven companies, and disruptive technologies. Through seed funding, mentorship, office space, and personalized trainings, SIL helps individuals and teams transform novel ideas and emerging projects into thriving ventures that make a measurable impact.
To Apply: Visit http://ventures.jhu.edu/sil-apply/ for complete program information as well as application instructions.
JHU Alumni Association Grants (up to $1,500)
Application Deadline: Oct. 20, 2016
The JHU Alumni Association's Student Grant Program provides funding for student groups and programs that enhance student experiences during their time at Johns Hopkins. The grant program aims to enhance student life and foster positive relationships between the university and the local community by encouraging students to create volunteer community service projects or to design ventures within existing organizations. In the fall 2014 grant cycle, the Alumni Association awarded funding of $62,000 to 53 student groups from all nine divisions of the university.
JHU National Fellowships and Scholarships Program
More than 20 prestigious scholarships, including Fulbright, Marshall, and Gates, that support study and research. See: http://fellowships.jhu.edu/
O'Connor Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Fund
Application Deadline: Multiple deadlines per year. See site
The Ralph O’Connor Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Fund, overseen by Johns Hopkins Ventures, is intended to support undergraduate entrepreneurship via the support of student-led teams and projects.
“O’Connor Grants” will be available to undergraduate student groups who are working on developing a technology or a solution that has a clear commercial or entrepreneurial focus.
Funding in the range of $5,000 to $10,000 will be available for selected projects and teams.
To Apply: See http://ventures.jhu.edu/oconnor-fund-process/
Peabody Graduate Assistantships
Application deadlines: Approx Feb. 10. See above page for details.
Other JHU Campus-Wide Funding Opportunities
Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards (2016 deadline: Feb. 15)
JHU Arts Innovation Grants
2016 Application Deadline: Feb. 26 (for projects taking place in the 16-17 academic year)
The Arts Innovation Grants are designed to help Johns Hopkins undergraduates create new co-curricular activities or to significantly increase the impact of already existing co-curricular activities in the arts within the university and the greater Baltimore communities.
Eligibility: Full-time JHU students for the academic year in which the project will take place.
Funding from $1,500 to $3,000 may be requested. Proposals should be no more than three pages in length, including one page specifying in complete detail the budget and proposed allocation of the funds requested. All grant proposals should be accompanied by at least one letter from a faculty or staff sponsor who is familiar with the student(s) making the proposal. Grant proposals should include the following:
- Project Description: Summary of proposed project
- Participant(s): Name and contact information for applicant(s)
- Relevance: How will the proposed project strengthen art/cultural opportunities for undergraduates at JHU and/or in the greater Baltimore community?
- Background: What prior experiences have the student or students making the proposal had that makes them likely to be successful?
- Date: Beginning/ending dates of proposed activity.
- Budget: Applicants should submit a detailed budget to support their funding request.
- All projects must be associated with a program or department of Johns Hopkins. Funding will be distributed through the sponsoring department.
To Apply: See site http://krieger.jhu.edu/research/opp/arts-innovation-grants/
Richard Louis Caplan Memorial Scholarship
Up to $5,000 for Rising Junior or Senior
Application Deadline: Annually, usually on or about April 1
The Richard Louis Caplan Memorial Scholarship provides awards of up to $5,000 for undergraduate juniors and seniors studying music performance. The area of music study must be concentrated in music performance in piano, guitar, voice or one of the standard string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments of the orchestra.
- Maryland Resident
- US Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Family income below $90,000
- GPA of 2.7 or higher to be competitive
- Enrolled in, or applying to, an accredited US college/university
This year, in addition to the General Application 2015 which qualifies you for over 40 scholarship programs, Central Scholarship, the organization via which students apply for this scholarship, has a new matching feature to pair you with specific scholarships that may fit you.
To Apply: Applicants must apply via the Central Scholarship website.
Deadline is usually April 1, at 11:59pm EDT. Semi-finalists are then contacted on a rolling basis in June and early July. For answers to questions contact 410.415.5558410.415.5558 or use the online contact form.
JHU Diversity Innovation Grants (up to $2,500)
2016 Deadline: April 8
URL: https://myidealab.jhu.edu/a/pages/rules/#_The_Diversity_Innovation (JHED ID required)
Proposal Submission Page: https://myidealab.jhu.edu/a/ideas/recent/campaign-filter/byids/campaigns/51830 (JHED ID required)
The Diversity Innovation Grant (DIG) program provides funding to support fresh, innovative programming ideas that foster diversity and inclusion among the kaleidoscope of communities at Johns Hopkins (JH). Specifically, the DIG program supports initiatives with the following objectives:
- Promote civility and respect at JH.
- Create and implement novel ways to support diversity at JH.
- Create and implement novel ways to support inclusion at JH.
Eligibility: All JH students, faculty and staff are eligible to apply as individuals or groups. This includes the Johns Hopkins Health System employees as well.
Duration: This challenge is open for the submission of ideas between March 21 – April 8 and voting of ideas between April 18 – April 28.
Grants will be awarded in amounts between $100 and $2500. Proposals must include the following information:
- Primary point of contact (must be JHU student, faculty, or staff).
- Summary of activity or program and brief narrative clearly describing how the proposed activity meets the award criteria (300 words or less).
- Targeted audience / communities.
- Estimated timeline for planning and implementation.
- Key metric(s) by which to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the activity (e.g. number of people in attendance at event, etc.).
- List of collaborators and their respective affiliations (e.g. department or unit within JHU, student group, etc.).
- Itemized budget. Note: Undergraduate students will need support from a department sponsor and/or administrator.
Award Criteria: The proposed activities must fulfill the following criteria:
- Support one or more of the DIG program objectives.
- Provide a measurable impact to one or more JH community.
- Be fully executed within four months of the award date.
Award Selection: Winners will be selected by the DIG oversight committee, which is comprised of Diversity Leadership Council members and key stakeholders from JHU and JHHS. Specifically, once the idea is posted, it can receive votes up to and until the challenge end date. At the time of review by the committee, submissions receiving the highest and second highest number of votes will receive funding. In addition, a select number of the remaining vote recipients will receive funding. Preference will be given to proposals that promote new and innovative activities within the Johns Hopkins University and Health System; proposals for recurring events will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Implementation: Winning teams will be asked to:
- Complete brief written status reports via email at agreed upon milestones during the funding session.
- Submit a final report, presented within 14 days of the completion of the event or activity. The report must include a brief narrative describing outcomes of the activity and lessons learned along with an evaluation of its impact and effectiveness using the proposed metrics. Reports including photo and/or audio/video records of the event are encouraged.
To Apply: Submit application at https://myidealab.jhu.edu/a/ideas/recent/campaign-filter/byids/campaigns/51830
Also see Diversity Leadership Awards, a non-cash recognition awarded to selected faculty, staff, students. 2016 nominations are due by April 8.
Presser Award for Returning Peabody Graduate Student
Eligibility: Returning Peabody graduate student
Application Deadline: January 20, 2017
Grantwriting Tips: www.peabody.jhu.edu/conservatory/mecc/grantwriting.tips.pdf
General Information: The Presser Music Award is given to a student demonstrating excellence and outstanding promise for a distinguished career in the field of music and provides a one-time stipend of up to $10,000 to the recipient.
Eligibility: Applications will be accepted only from returning graduate students who have demonstrated superb musical talent with an emphasis in one or more of these areas: performance, composition, musicology, music education. (For example, MM & GPD students may apply for funding during their first year of study in a 2-year degree program; DMA candidates may apply in any year prior to their final year of study; students completing MM degrees and returning to Peabody for GPD degrees are eligible to apply during their 1st year of study during the GPD degree but not in the final year of the MM degree.)
Purpose of Award: The Presser Music Award is not intended to replace other financial assistance provided by the Institution to the Award recipient. It is not to be applied towards tuition, housing costs, and other expenses normally incurred in pursuit of a degree; rather, it is designed for enrichment and musical advancement, and is intended to give the recipient opportunities that are not normally provided in a conservatory setting.
To Apply: The applicant must submit a written statement to The Presser Foundation indicating how the Award, if granted, would be used to further his or her musical education and career. The following are illustrative examples only:
- Commissioning and premiering a new work
- Travel to audition with orchestras, opera companies or chamber ensembles for professional opportunities
- Creation of an outreach program
- Funding a performance tour
The Foundation seeks proposals that are imaginative as well as practical. The proposal should also describe how the Award will directly benefit a student's career. Applicants submit the following to to the Office of Academic Affairs:
- A written plan of no more than two typewritten pages
- A detailed budget (view budget templates at MS Office and Google Docs)
- One letter of recommendation from the applicant's major instructor
Sudler Arts Prize
President's Commendation for Achievement in the Arts
Eligibility: Graduating Peabody/JHU Senior
2016Application Deadline: March 15
The Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts, a $1,500 annual prize established in 1983, is awarded to that graduating undergraduate senior from the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Nursing, or the Peabody Institute, or that fourth-year student in the School of Medicine who, in the opinion of those faculties, has demonstrated excellence and the highest standards of proficiency in performance, execution, or composition in music, theater, dance, fiction, poetry, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film, or videotape. The prize is awarded for excellence in the arts as an avocational activity, so Peabody seniors may compete in any artistic area except music (e.g., writing, visual arts, dance, film).
Guidelines for competing for the Sudler Prize and an application form may be downloaded from http://getintothearts.jhu.edu/sudlerprize/. Be sure to read the detailed description and eligibility information.
The Sudler Arts Prize Committee also considers candidates for the President's Commendation for Achievement in the Arts, a service award honoring a graduating undergraduare senior in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Nursing, or the Peabody Institute who has contributed extensively to the arts in the Homewood and/or Baltimore communities. Follow the above link for general information; here's the link to the Application.
Rislov Foundation Grant for Classical Music Students
Application Deadline: Board meets quarterly to evaluate applications
Funding for currently enrolled students. See site for info.
Community Foundation of Harford County, MD
William A. Humbert Memorial Scholarship
Date: Annual scholarship
Application Deadline: Fall - see site
Up to $5,000 for one instrumental music student from Harford County, Maryland. See site for details.
Maryland State Arts Council - Grants & Programs
"MSAC awards grants to arts organizations and artists as well as carries out a variety of programs."
Virginia Commission for the Arts Grant Programs
VCA operates grant programs that support Virginia-based artists and arts organizations. They also grant a small number of fellowships for artists who reside in Virginia; composers are eligible in selected years.
Beebe Fund Overseas Study Grants
Application Deadline: Annually in December
$22,000 grants to support 1 year of overseas study for US-based musicians "at the outset of their professional lives, for whom this would be the first extended period of study abroad." Applicants must be under age 30 by July 1 of the year following the December application deadline. "Beebe Grants may not be combined with other, comparable grants, such as a Fulbright." See site for details.
Also see: Competitions for Peabody Students.