Berger-Berger-Carter Research Fellowships



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

The Institute of Jazz Studies’ (IJS) Berger –Carter – Berger Research Fellowship provides awards of up to $1,000 for travel and accommodation in conjunction with research conducted at the IJS. The research funds are designed to foster, promote, and support research by scholars using IJS collections.  To date, over 80 awards have been given to scholars and students worldwide working in a variety of disciplines, including jazz history, musicology, history, African American studies, gender studies, etc. 


The endowment was established in 1987 with a gift by composer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist Benny Carter (1907-2003) in memory of Morroe Berger (1917-1981), a close friend and Carter’s biographer. Berger 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, the Berger family, and other donors have regularly added to the endowment over the years. In 2017 this named fellowship was expanded to honor Ed Berger (1949-2017), Carter’s road manager and longtime IJS associate director.  


Application Procedure 

A committee will review applications based on their quality and completeness, the extent to which IJS holdings support the proposed research, how the stipend will support the applicant’s project, and the applicant’s research plan. Awards are made to individuals. Institutions are ineligible to apply. The stipend does not support research at other repositories or provide general tuition support. Application to the research stipend program is open to U.S. citizens and citizens of foreign countries. Certain U.S. Government requirements will apply to non-U.S. citizens. 

The deadline for applications is March 28, 2019 (applications must be received before midnight Eastern Standard Time on March 28), and awards will be announced by April 20. Award recipients must commence their research at the Institute after May 1, 2019, and they must complete their research by April 30, 2020. Recipients are expected to submit a short report on their research at the Institute. 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 with support from the stipend. Reimbursement of expenses will occur upon receipt of the fellow’s original travel and accommodation receipts, following the completion of the fellow’s research visit. The award funds cover travel (air, bus, or train), hotel accomodations during the visit to IJS (only the nights which the recipient spent to be physically present at the Institute), and per diem support for days in which the recipient spent visiting IJS. 

Students currently enrolled in the Rutgers-Newark Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research must be nominated by a member of the Jazz Program faculty. Please contact Prof. Henry Martin before submitting an application. 

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

Previous Berger-Carter-Berger award recipients are ineligible. 


Please submit via email to  the following materials:

-          CV/Resume of maximum 2 pages 

-          A 750-word long description of the research project. Please address why your research must be completed at IJS, how the award will help you complete the project, the expected outcome of your research, and outline your research plan/timeline.

-          Include full contact information (email, phone number, and mailing addresses) 

Late submissions will not be accepted. 


Morroe Berger and Benny Carter, 1972