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The Graduate Program in Musicology offers a variety of financial aid packages for students. Most awards are tied to teaching assistantships, which allow students the opportunity to gain valuable classroom teaching experience while working toward their graduate degrees.

Graduate students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree normally assist faculty in large undergraduate lecture courses during their first year by grading essays and examinations. From the second year onward (or from the beginning of the first year for students entering the program with a master’s degree in hand), graduate students take on considerable responsibility for leading individual discussion sections (“recitations”) of 15-20 undergraduates in weekly meetings whose purpose is to reinforce the content of course lectures. More advanced graduate students sometimes assume full responsibility for undergraduate courses, particularly in summer school sessions.

Most departmental graduate awards run for a period of four years, although some university-wide awards extend to five; most cover tuition and health benefit fees as well. Beyond the fourth or fifth year, students are encouraged to explore the variety of available resources for funding, including overseas research grants, fellowships sponsored by organizations like the Fulbright Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Musicological Society, as well as the Graduate School’s own on- and off-campus dissertation awards. Students who receive external awards or other funding during the tenure of their departmental fellowships or assistantships such that internal support is not required will normally be permitted to defer up to two separate or consecutive semesters of the fellowship or assistantship to the next available year (i.e., the fifth year in the case of a fellowship or assistantship initially awarded for four years).

The principal types of awards available to entering graduate students through the Music Department are:

  • Fellowships: By nomination of the department in university-wide competition. Academic stipend: Up to $22,000. Tuition: Provided. Tenure: Up to five years following matriculation.
  • Merit Assistantships: By nomination of the department in university-wide competition.Academic stipend: Up to $18,000. Tuition: Provided. Tenure: Up to four years.
  • Teaching Fellowships and Assistantships: Awarded by the department, usually to continuing students. Academic Stipend: Up to $18,000. Tuition: Provided. Tenure: Up to four years.
  • Graduate Research Assistantships: Awarded by department. Academic Stipend: Up to $18,000. Tuition: Provided. Tenure: Up to four years.

Further information on Music Department fellowships is available from the Director of Graduate Admissions (for prospective students) and from the Director of Graduate Studies (for enrolled students).

Comprehensive information on other sources of financial aid and grants, both from within and beyond the University, is available through the Graduate School’s website. All applicants are strongly encouraged to take the initiative to apply for funding not only through the Graduate Program in Musicology, but also through available University, national, and international sources.

For more information about the Department of Music’s policy on Financial Aid, please see the Department’s Graduate Handbook, Appendix I: Financial Aid (

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