Fellowship Programs

The Institute of Jazz Studies supports study and preservation of jazz history via two competitive fellowship programs. Offered on a yearly basis, these fellowships seek to promote the use of the IJS collections while also introducing new archives professionals to the intricacies of caring for and administering jazz archives. 

These programs have been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions. Please check back for an update on these programs as the pandemic recedes and new guidelines for public access to IJS are put in place. Thank you for your interest!

Berger–Carter–Berger Research Fellowship

The 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

See a list of previous Berger-Berger-Carter Awardees

IJS Archives Fellows

The Institute of Jazz Studies Archival Fellowship Program was established in 2011 to support archival career development, as well as to promote diversity in the archives profession. Each year, three Fellows are selected from among dozens of applicants, who are either currently enrolled in, or recent graduates of, an MLIS program, have a special interest in jazz and or African American culture, and aspire to careers as archivists. Fellows receive a stipend to cover travel, hotel, and miscellaneous expenses. The Fellowship Program is funded by longtime IJS supporter John Van Rens.

The Fellows spend two weeks on campus working closely with IJS archivists and staff. Participants gain hands-on experience processing one of the Institute’s multi-faceted collections and preparing a related digital project that can be shared with colleagues and prospective employers. There are also seminars with RUL as well as Newark campus administrators, who provide an overview of Rutgers-Newark as the nation’s most diverse university, as well as role of an archive within an urban university library. The Program also involves two days of visits to other area archives and institutions, which have included the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library Archival Processing Center, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and Archive, the Jazz Museum in Harlem, the Carnegie Hall Archive, and the New York Philharmonic Archive at Lincoln Center. There are also several social gatherings with IJS staff and area librarians and archivists.