Through financial resources provided by donors and members, the SMT is able to make available a number of awards and grants.

Click on the name of a grant to learn more.


The SMT provides a number of awards. Click the name of an award to learn more and apply.

Award for Diversity Course Design

This annual award honors an outstanding undergraduate syllabus that promotes diversity in music theory. Deadline for applications: August 21.

Publication Awards

These awards recognize significant contributions to the discipline of music theory. The 2024 nomination period has closed.

SMT-40 Dissertation Fellowship

This yearly award, made possible by the SMT-40 campaign, is intended to recognize and foster excellent research in music theory by helping highly qualified PhD students to complete their dissertations. Deadline: December 15.

Student Presentation Award

This award is given annually to a graduate or undergraduate music student for a scholarly presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory. Application deadline: October 1.

Subvention Grants

SMT Subventions are awarded for scholarly projects that advance the discipline.

Subventions for Events at the Annual Meeting

Each year the Annual Meeting Grants considers special funding requests from standing committees and interest groups for activities held at the SMT Annual Meeting. Deadline for applications: September 1.

Annual Meeting Travel Grants

The SMT provides funding to certain eligible groups to travel to the annual meeting, listed below. Click the name of a grant to learn more and apply.

Accessibility Travel Grants

Available to those SMT members whose attendance at the Annual Meeting incurs extra disability-related expenses.

Family Care Grants

Available to those SMT members whose attendance at the Annual Meeting incurs extra family care expenses. This grant is available only to current SMT members.

Independent, Unsupported, or Undersupported Scholar Travel Grant

Available to those who do not have academic positions, or who study or teach at institutions that do not support scholarly conference attendance.

International Travel Grants

Available to non-US and non-Canadian citizens who reside outside of the United States and Canada.

Minority Travel Grants

Available to individuals belonging to an underrepresented ethnic minority group and who are citizens of, or currently residing in, the US or Canada.

Outside Funding Sources

We also provide a list of other grants and awards that are not sponsored by the SMT, but that might be of interest to SMT members.