Who is eligible to apply?

Individuals who identify as Black and/or Latinx who are interested in pursuing a career in academia are eligible to apply. We are looking for the following:

  • Students currently studying in graduate programs (preferably at the doctoral level, although master's candidates will be considered)
  • Current junior or adjunct faculty seeking to get tenure or secure a tenure-track position
  • Professional musicians with a variety of academic backgrounds who are looking to transition to a serious academic career

We encourage applicants to apply who are at any level in their career—whether you are a graduate student, a recent graduate, or have been active in the field for many years. 

Your experience should demonstrate the level of your commitment to this career path, but there are no specific requirements regarding your teaching experience.

Is it possible for scholars (musicologists, theorists) to apply?

The program serves individuals interested in teaching in any genre or discipline of music. You can select multiple disciplines on the application, including, but not limited to:

  • Composition 
  • Conducting 
  • Ethnomusicology 
  • Instrumental Performance 
  • Jazz Arranging/Composition 
  • Jazz Performance 
  • Music Education 
  • Music Theory 
  • Musicology 
  • Vocal Performance
How many will be accepted?

Up to 35 fellows will be accepted into the Fellowship.

What is the cost? Is there an application fee?

Thanks to a grant from the Sphinx Venture Fund, it's free to apply and all program expenses will be covered.

What is the format of the program?

The program will take place virtually over six weekends, starting in June 2021 and concluding in person at SphinxConnect 2022.

Is it necessary to have something that has been academically published?

It’s not required, but that could certainly be used to supplement your application. You should express your experience to-date as fully and honestly as possible.

What are the requirements for the short essays and video essay?

The written essays should be a minimum of 250 words and answer the following questions:

  • What are your greatest strengths that will lend positively to a career in higher education? What are some challenges that you may face in preparing for this career?
  • What are your long-term career aspirations? Describe your ideal career path.

In the three-minute video essay, you are asked to describe why you would make a strong candidate for the Future of Music Faculty Fellowship.