The American Brahms Society is seeking applicants for its Karl Geiringer Scholarship in Brahms Studies, which is awarded annually from the Society’s Karl Geiringer Fund in Brahms Studies as meritorious candidates present themselves. The competition is open to students in the final stages of preparing a doctoral dissertation written in English. Work relating to Brahms should form a significant thread within the dissertation, but it need not be the only one. The selection committee welcomes applications from students whose research might be concentrated instead on music by members of Brahms’s circle, on musical life in later nineteenth-century Vienna, and so forth. Only projects that demonstrate significant original thought and research will be deemed competitive. The decision to award the scholarship, which carries a stipend of $2,000, rests with the Board of Directors; the winner will be announced in November 2012, following the regular annual meeting of the Board.
Completed applications will consist of 1) a cover letter, including the applicant’s address, phone number, email address, and institutional affiliation; 2) a concise description of the project (no more than 500 words), in which the applicant’s methods and conclusions are stated clearly; and 3) a brief account (no more than 250 words) detailing the aspect of the project to be completed with assistance from the Karl Geiringer Scholarship, including travel plans, if appropriate. These materials should be submitted electronically as pdf files to the chair of the Geiringer Committee, Professor Ryan McClelland, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 1 May 2012. The application must be supported by two confidential letters of recommendation, including one from the dissertation advisor; these should be emailed to Prof. McClelland by 1 May. Finalists in the competition will be notified by 15 May and will be asked to submit a sample chapter
The website of the American Brahms Society includes descriptions of the dissertations of previous winners: http://brahms.unh.edu/activities.html