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College of Music | Graduate Studies

Fellowship Proposal Workshop

The Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Music, in collaboration with the UNT Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships and UNT International, will sponsor a three-session workshop for graduate students in music who plan to apply for one or more nationally competitive fellowships in the fall of 2017. Examples of nationally competitive fellowships include the awards from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians, and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). An extensive list of such funding opportunities appears here.


Led by Dr. James Duban (Associate Dean for Research and National Scholarships, Honors College), Dr. Benjamin Brand (Director of Graduate Studies, College of Music), and Ms. Amanda Bennett (Director, Global Partnerships and Research Engagement, UNT International), this workshop is intended to help graduate students in music write effective project proposals for nationally competitive fellowships and/or scholarships. Eligible projects often involve prolonged study abroad and often include such activities as:

  • study with a prominent scholar and/or musician-pedagogue
  • fieldwork
  • primary-source research in archives or libraries

  • Friday, May 5, 2017: Application deadline (click here for application form).
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 2:00pm-5:00pm: Workshop, Session #1. Dr. Duban, Dr. Brand, Ms. Bennett, and guest presenters will discuss the essential ingredients for an effective fellowship proposal.
  • Summer 2017: Students will draft and revise their proposals with input from their major professor, Dr. Brand, and Dr. Duban. 
  • Thursday, August 24: 11:00am-1:00pm: Workshop, Session #2: Workshop participants will present their completed fellowship applications with each other.
  • Friday, August 25: 10:00-11:00am: Workshop, Session #3: Dr. Duban, Dr. Brand, and Ms. Bennett will meet with the students' faculty mentors and have the mentors share their approaches to writing effective letters of recommendation.


Enrollment will be limited to ten graduate students. Preference will be given to those students

  1. who have a demonstrated record of academic and musical excellence
  2. who have formulated a tentative project for which they are seeking funding, one that makes a clear contribution to their field and/or discipline and that is supported by their major professor

For more information, please contact Dr. Benjamin Brand (