Berger-Berger-Carter Research Fellowships



Benny Carter with Rutgers Jazz Program Students, 1986.
Benny Carter with Rutgers Jazz Program Students, 1986

Each year the Institute of Jazz Studies awards up to ten grants of $1,000 each to assist jazz researchers who want to use the Institute’s collections for their projects. Half of the awards are designated for students in the Rutgers-Newark Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research and half are awarded to scholars from other institutions or unaffiliated researchers.


This endowment was established in 1987 with a gift by composer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist Benny Carter (1907-2003) in memory of Morroe Berger, a close friend and Carter’s biographer who was a professor of sociology at Princeton University until his death in 1981. Carter’s initial gift was matched by the Berger family, who asked that Carter’s name be added to the Fund’s title. Carter, his wife Hilma, and other donors have regularly added to the endowment over the years. In 2017 Edward Berger, longtime IJS Associate Director, photographer, and jazz scholar, was added to the Fund’s title to honor his contributions to jazz. To date, over 70 awards have been given to scholars and students worldwide working in a variety of disciplines, including jazz history, musicology, bibliography and discography.


For students currently enrolled in the Rutgers-Newark Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research: Please contact Prof. Lewis Porter before submitting an application.

For external applicants: The fellowship is open to Jazz researchers at Rutgers or other institutions or non-affiliated researchers whose projects would benefit from a visit to the Institute of Jazz Studies.

Awardees must complete their visit between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019 and plan on presenting their work in progress with interested faculty, staff, and students while visiting the IJS. This should be arranged in advance in conjunction with their research visit.

Recipients are requested to submit a short report on their research at the Institute prior to their departure. Edited versions of, or excerpts from these reports, may be used in the Institute's publications and on its website.

Recipients also are asked to provide the IJS with a copy of any publication resulting from research conducted as a result of the stipend.

Previous Berger-Berger-Carter award recipients are not eligible.

Application Procedure

Please submit the following materials via email to

CV/resumé including email, phone number, and mailing addresses (2 p. maximum)

A 750-word long description of the research project and how this award and access to IJS will facilitate its completion.


Applications are due January 31, 2018.

Awards will be announced by March 1, 2018.

For information on past Berger - Berger - Carter Fellows please follow this link.

Morroe Berger and Benny Carter, 1972