Minority Travel Grants

2017 SMT Annual Meeting

Theorists who belong to an ethnic minority (defined here on the basis of the majority of current SMT members) and who are citizens of, or are currently residing in, the US or Canada are invited to apply for Minority Travel 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). For a list of past Travel Grant winners since 2002, see the Past Recipients of SMT Travel Grants page. The Committee on Diversity administers the Minority Travel grant program.

Travel Grant Application Form

  • To apply for a travel grant, please fill out the online Travel Grant application form. You must log in first in order to fill out this form.
  • If you are not yet a SMT member, or if you are having trouble with the online form, you may instead download this Travel Grant form, then either fill it out or print it out and scan it, and then email the completed form to Victoria Long.
  • The attachments requested should be in a standard file format, such as a Microsoft Word .doc file or a .pdf.
  • Complete application materials must be received by August 1, 2017, 5pm EST.
  • For comments and inquiries, please email Daniel Jenkins.

Information regarding Minority Travel Grants

Applicants need not be SMT members; registration for the annual meeting will be covered as part of the grant. Preference will be given to students and junior faculty (in that order); financial need and research interests within the field of music theory will be used to evaluate the applications. Typically up to 5 grants are made, with a maximum award of $400.

  1. Only those who are citizens of, or are currently residing in, the US or Canada are eligible.
  2. Individuals belonging to a non-Caucasian ethnic group (minority ethnic groups have been defined here on the basis that the majority of current SMT members are of Caucasian ethnic origin) are eligible to apply.

Information required on the application forms

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

  • name, address, telephone, e-mail, and academic affiliation
  • estimated expenses to attend the conference including travel to and lodging during the conference (demonstrating responsible approaches to minimize costs);
  • purpose(s) for attending the conference; and
  • a clear statement of research interests and their relation both to conference participation and the field of music theory in general.
  • Applicants shall include 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 at smt@societymusictheory.org.