The American Brahms Society is seeking applicants for its Karl Geiringer Scholarship in Brahms Studies, an annual competition open to students in the final stages of preparing a doctoral dissertation written in English. Work relating to Brahms should form a significant component of the dissertation, but it need not be the exclusive or primary focus.  The committee gives equal consideration to research in historical musicology, analysis, performance practice, and cultural history, among others.  The decision to award the scholarship, which carries a stipend of $2,000, rests with the Board of Directors. The results of the competition will be announced in late 2016, following the regular annual meeting of the Board.

Completed applications will consist of 1) a cover letter, including the applicant’s address, phone number, email address, and institutional affiliation; 2) a concise description of the project (no more than 500 words), in which the applicant’s methods and conclusions are stated clearly; and 3) a brief account (no more than 250 words) detailing the aspect of the project to be completed with assistance from the Karl Geiringer Scholarship, including travel plans, if appropriate.

These materials should be submitted electronically as pdf files to Richard Cohn, email richard.cohn at,  by the deadline of May 1, 2016.

A confidential letter from the dissertation adviser, and one additional letter of recommendation, should also be emailed to the same address by May 1. Finalists in the competition will be asked to submit a sample chapter from the dissertation by June 1.

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