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Berger–Carter Jazz Research Fund applications due October 21

September 2, 2016
Morroe Berger and Benny Carter photo

Morroe Berger and Benny Carter - 1972

Each year the Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS) awards up to ten grants of $1,000 each to assist jazz researchers. Half of the awards are designated for students in the Rutgers University-Newark Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research and half are awarded to scholars from other institutions or unaffiliated researchers to enable them to visit IJS in conjunction with their projects.

This endowment was established in 1987 with a gift by composer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist Benny Carter (1907–2003) in memory of Morroe Berger. Berger, a close friend and Carter’s biographer, 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. To date, the Morroe Berger–Benny Carter Jazz Research Fund has given more than 125 awards 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: Students must be nominated by a member of the Jazz Program faculty. Please contact professor Lewis Porter before submitting an application.

For other 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.

Previous Berger-Carter award recipients are not eligible.

Application Procedure

Please submit the following materials via email to eberger4@verizon.net

  • CV/résumé (two pages maximum);
  • A one-page description of your project and how this award and access to IJS will facilitate your research;
  • Your full contact information (email, phone number, and mailing addresses).

Dates for 2017 Awards

Applications are due October 21, 2016.

Awards will be announced by November 14, 2016.