Fellowship Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University

The Yale Institute of Sacred Music seeks a group of Fellows from around the world to join its community of scholars and practitioners for one year.

Deadline: 20/09/2010
Open to: scholars, religious leaders and artists
Fund: $60,000

Fellows will have the opportunity to pursue their scholarly or artistic projects within a vibrant, interdisciplinary community. They may have the option to teach. Fellows will be chosen for the quality and significance of their work. The Institute maintains a commitment to living religious communities and seeks diversity of every kind, including race, gender, and religion.

Eligibility

Scholars, religious leaders, or artists whose work is in or is turning toward the fields of sacred music, liturgical/ritual studies, or religion and the arts are invited to apply. Scholars in the humanities or in the social or natural sciences whose work is directly related to these areas are also encouraged to apply.

Terms and conditions

The fellowship year lasts from September 1 to May 15. Fellows are expected to be free of commitments that would prevent them from devoting themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal and to live in residence within ten miles of the Yale campus. Fellowships are typically half of the fellow’s regular annual salary up to $60,000 per year. Stipends are paid directly to the fellows in regular monthly installments and are not paid directly to the fellow’s institutions. Fellows may apply for research funds, and the Institute will reimburse relocation expenses for fellows and their families up to a sum of $5,000. In rare cases (e.g., in the case of international or independent scholars or artists) Yale may provide health benefits.

Fellows commit themselves to meet weekly with their cohort and to share their work in at least one public presentation per semester. One presentation during the year will be a public lecture, while the other may be work-in-progress shared in the smaller, less formal gathering of fellows.

Fellows are also encouraged to teach a maximum of one course during their residency. Course proposals are made as part of their application and are reviewed by the appropriate department or school. They may also be invited to lecture in classes taught by Yale faculty throughout the year.

Fellows pay for their own housing while in the New Haven area. ISM staff can assist in locating suitable dwellings, though ultimately it is the responsibility of the fellows to secure their own residences.

Application Process

The application deadline is September 20, 2010. After the selection committee consisting of senior faculty at Yale and sister institutions makes its deliberations, applicants will be notified of their status by February 15, 2011.

Applicants will complete the online form and should include the following information. All materials must be written and submitted in English. The application requires:

  • Personal data (including education and professional work).
  • Curriculum-vita, not to exceed 10 pages in length.
  • A statement of not more than 1400 words describing the proposed scholarly or creative project intended for the year. The body of the proposal should describe the project, explain the significance of the topic, and place the work within the context of relevant disciplines. This project must relate to the mission of the Institute. The proposal should describe in detail the relationship to the mission, and explain how a year’s residence at the Institute would enhance this work. A brief bibliography should be included when appropriate.
  • A 150-word abstract of the proposal.
  • A sample of scholarly or artistic work. Scholars should submit no more than 30 pages of published writings. Religious leaders and artists should submit a roughly equivalent example of their creative work (for example, sermons, liturgies, artwork, plays, compositions, etc.).
  • For those who wish to teach, please include a brief description of one to three courses and the departments or schools in which these courses might be taught as well as a  course title, weekly lecture topics, and short reading list. Additional information may be required of fellows after they have been invited to come.
  • Three letters of reference from qualified leaders in the applicant’s field. Letters should include an evaluation of the applicant’s research proposal and his or her capacity to fulfill it. The online application requires a list of the names, positions, and contact information of recommenders who will be asked to submit their letters online. If a recommender has no access to email, the applicant should notify us at [email protected]

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