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21st Century Fellowship
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Purpose: To further excellence in ethnomusicological research through support to highly qualified Ph.D. students for dissertation fieldwork.

Eligibility: Applicants must be current SEM members and must achieve ABD or equivalent doctoral candidate status at their institution by August 1 of the year of application.

Prize: $5,000 award

Regularity: Annually

Administration: The 21st Century Fellowship Committee consists of a Chair and four additional members, appointed by the SEM President. The committee evaluates completed applications and selects an awardee. Each year's fellowship is announced and awarded at the SEM Annual Meeting. The fellowship may be withheld by decision of the committee.

Application Process: A completed application consists of the following:

1) Application form, including contact information, degree information, fieldwork dates, and other funding. Download form here.

2) 250-word summary of the objectives of the dissertation research.

3) Curriculum vitae (maximum of 3 pages).

4) Research proposal (4 pages + 1 page bibliography). Include discussion of research topic, thesis, questions, methodology, work plan, and the significance of the project to the field of ethnomusicology.

5) Confidential letter from the chair of the applicant's dissertation committee, which evaluates his/her academic work and research project.

Application Deadline: April 1

Send Application To: Send email with PDF attachments to sem@indiana.edu . The applicant's dissertation chair should email his/her letter directly to sem@indiana.edu . Address emails to Chair, 21st Century Fellowship Committee.



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Francesca Inglese, "Coloured Moves and Klopse Beats: Embodying Contested Subjectivities in Cape Town, South Africa."

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