The deadline for all SMT 2020 travel grants is September 1, 2020.
The application portal will open July 1, 2020.


Non-U.S. and non-Canadian citizens who reside outside the United States and Canada are invited to apply for International Travel Grants.


The Committee on Race and Ethnicity administers the International Travel grant program to ameliorate costs for theorists outside the US and Canada who wish to attend the SMT Annual Meeting.

For a list of past International Travel Grant winners since 2002, see the Past Recipients of SMT Travel Grants page.


  • Applicants need not be SMT members; registration for the annual meeting will be covered as part of the grant. 
  • Theorists at all stages of their careers, including graduate students, are encouraged to apply. It is possible to be a repeat recipient as well (though new applicants will be given priority).
  • A statement of research interests within the field of music theory and financial need (in the case of students, junior faculty, and non-affiliated scholars) will be used to evaluate the applications.
  • Preference will be given to students and junior scholars (in that order). A junior scholar is defined as a scholar who received a Ph.D. less than seven calendar years ago or (in the case of a scholar who does not hold a Ph.D.) is under the age of 40.
  • At least one grant is guaranteed in support of senior scholars attending the Annual Meeting. A brief description of the scholar’s contribution to the meeting, a statement of research interests in relation to the field of music theory, and a statement of anticipated expenses and financial support will be used to evaluate the applications.


Three to five grants are awarded typically, up to a maximum amount of $650 per grant.


Applicants are asked to provide the following information whether submitting a grant application online or via PDF:

  • name, address, telephone, e-mail, and institutional affiliation, if any;
  • anticipated expenses for travel to and lodging during the conference (demonstrating responsible approaches to minimizing costs); also, indicate whether your institution has funds to support your travel expenses to the conference, and if so, the results of your application for those funds;
  • purpose for attending the conference, and (for senior scholars) brief description of contribution to the Annual Meeting;
  • a clear statement of research interests and their relation both to conference participation and the field of music theory in general; and
  • a short curriculum vitae (no longer than two pages).
  • Students must also submit a letter of support from one of their major professors. The professor should email the letter of support directly to SMT’s Executive Director with the following in the message line: “recommendation for international travel grant”

Application Process



  The deadline for all SMT 2020 travel grants is September 1, 2020.
The application portal will open July 1, 2020.