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JHU Grants & Awards

Peabody Career Development Grants

Designed to support diverse, career-enhancing projects and logistical needs for students and recent alumni, Peabody’s Career Development grants are administered by the Office of the Dean of the Peabody Institute and managed by Peabody LAUNCHPad. Grants can typically be funded up to $1,000.

Application Deadlines: LAUNCHPad accepts Logistical Grant applications on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed on the first business day of each month. Submit your application by the last day of the month to ensure it is reviewed.

Project Grant applications have one deadline per semester:

  • Fall 2023 Project Grant Deadline: 11:59pm ET on October 25, 2023
  • Spring 2024 Project Grant Deadline: 11:59pm ET on March 13, 2024

Eligibility: All Peabody Conservatory students and alumni within two years of the date of graduation are eligible to apply.

Qualifications: The committee considers proposals for entrepreneurial project funding and logistical, career-developing needs. Please see the application procedures page for details and to apply.

Website Microgrants for BBP

Microgrants are available to all students currently enrolled in Building a Brand and Portfolio to support costs associated with website and domain hosting.

Eligibility: All students currently enrolled in Building a Brand and Portfolio are eligible to apply. Each student may receive only one microgrant. 

Application Deadline
Fall 2022: October 31
Summer 2022: TBD

Peabody Launch Grant

The Launch Grant supports creative, innovative projects developed by Peabody Conservatory third-year undergraduate and first-year master’s students in the course “Pitching Your Creative Idea,” offered each spring. Grantees are selected each year to receive up to $5000 in funding as well as mentorship and promotional support from the LAUNCHPad office.

Eligibility: Applicants should be undergraduate or master’s students currently enrolled in the course, “Pitching Your Creative Idea.” Students are recommended for the Launch Grant based on their final class project and can then opt in or out of the final application process.

Selection Process: Instructors of Pitching Your Creative Idea nominate up to five students in each section as semi-finalists. A panel of artists and arts professionals will review semi-finalist projects and recommend finalists. Grant recipients will be selected from the finalists by a smaller panel, which includes Dean Bronstein. Please review the Launch Grant page for detailed instructions and past recipients.

Sudler Arts Prize – President’s Commendation for Achievement in the Arts

The Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts, a $1,500 annual prize established in 1983, is awarded to a graduating undergraduate senior who has demonstrated excellence and the highest standards of proficiency in performance, execution, or composition in music, theater, dance, fiction, poetry, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film, or videotape. The prize is awarded for excellence in the arts as an avocational activity, so Peabody seniors may compete in any artistic area except music (e.g., writing, visual arts, dance, film).

The Sudler Arts Prize Committee also considers candidates for the President’s Commendation for Achievement in the Arts, which honors a graduating undergraduate senior who has contributed extensively to the arts in the Homewood and/or Baltimore communities.

Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards (PURA)

PURA is open to undergraduates from any division working with a mentor in any JHU division, center, or institute. Undergraduates may conduct independent research or entrepreneurial endeavors, or design scholarly or creative projects across the academic year with help from a $3,000 fellowship. PURA recipients will present their project at DREAMS, our campus-wide event celebrating undergraduate projects. Summer projects are also possible through Summer PURA.

Peabody Graduate Assistantships

Application deadline: Dec. 1st. See related page for more details.

Presser Award

The Presser Music Award is given to a student demonstrating excellence and outstanding promise for a distinguished career in music. It provides a one-time stipend of up to $10,000 to the recipient. Applications are accepted only from returning Peabody graduate students who have demonstrated superb musical talent with an emphasis in performance, composition, musicology, and/or music education.

This award is not intended to replace other financial assistance provided by the award recipient’s institution. It is not to be applied towards tuition, housing costs, and other expenses normally incurred in pursuit of a degree. It is designed for enrichment and musical advancement, and is intended to give the recipient opportunities that are not normally provided in a conservatory setting. Proposed projects must be completed by the end of the following academic year.

Application Deadline: January 30th, 2023

Eligibility: Returning Peabody graduate student

Alsop Entrepreneurial Award for Conductors

The Alsop Entrepreneurial Award for Conductors, made possible by Marin Alsop, was established to provide Peabody Conducting students with the opportunity to pursue community engagement projects in the Baltimore area. One grant of $2,500 is awarded annually to an eligible student. Grants typically provide funding toward performer and venue fees.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

Eligibility: Current Peabody conducting student

Qualifications: The committee will give special consideration to innovative and self-sustaining projects; in particular, prioritizing projects that impact the local Baltimore community, youth, and/or at-risk and disabled individuals.

Peabody Archives Recital Research Award

This grant is for performers, conductors, or composers who incorporate materials from the Peabody Archives to make programming decisions for a degree recital. Two awards are available in the amount of $1,500. Applicants are encouraged to meet with Matt Testa, Peabody Archivist or Andrea I. Morris, Outreach and Instruction Librarian in advance of submitting an application.

Application Deadlines: Applications are accepted through March 31, 2023 for the 2022/23 Academic year. The application will be closed when two successful awards are made.

Eligibility: Current Peabody performers, conductors, or composers.

Rosa Ponselle Research Grant

This grant is for performers or conductors who want to highlight Rosa Ponselle’s contributions to opera, Baltimore, or Maryland music communities in a degree recital. Performers do not need to be vocalists, but your proposal must demonstrate how programming for your instrument on your recital is informed by the Rosa Ponselle archive at Peabody. One award is available in the amount of $1,500. Applicants are encouraged to meet with Matt Testa, Peabody Archivist or Andrea I. Morris, Outreach and Instruction Librarian in advance of submitting an application.

Application Deadlines: Applications are accepted through March 31, 2023 for the 2022/23 Academic year. The Application will be closed when a successful award is made.

Eligibility: Current Peabody performers or conductors.

Peabody Dean’s Incentive Grants

Established in 2015 through funding from generous donors, the Dean’s Incentive Grants fund seed faculty- and student-led projects that focus on innovation, interdisciplinary initiatives, or community partnerships to advance Peabody’s goals. Up to five student grants of between $3,000 and $5,000 are awarded.

Application Deadlines: Applications for Dean’s Incentive Grants are currently closed.

Eligibility: Students interested in developing a grant proposal should reach out to Zane Forshee or Christina Manceor in LAUNCHPad.

JHU Alumni Association Grants

The JHU Alumni Association’s Student Grant Program provides funding of up to $1,500 for student groups and programs that enhance student experiences during their time at Johns Hopkins. The grant program aims to enhance student life and foster positive relationships between the university and the local community by encouraging students to create volunteer community service projects or to design ventures within existing organizations.

JHU National Fellowships and Scholarships

JHU associates with more than 20 prestigious scholarships, including Fulbright, Marshall, and Gates (visit the Fellowships page for a comprehensive list). Each scholarship provides financial support for academic study or research, often abroad. For more information, see Advice for Applicants.

O’Connor Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Fund

Overseen by Johns Hopkins Ventures, “O’Connor Grants” support undergraduate entrepreneurship through the support of student-led teams and projects. These grants are available to undergraduate student groups who are developing technologies or solutions that have clear commercial or entrepreneurial focus. Grants range between $5,000 and $10,000. 

Pava Center Thalheimer Graduate Student Award

The Pava Center gives four $10,000 awards to graduate-level, student-led teams developing impactful ventures. Each recipient also receives mentorship from entrepreneurial Hopkins alums, the opportunity to join the Fuel Accelerator cohort, and additional resources from the Pava Center and Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures. Ventures may be at any stage, focus on any industry/vertical/problem, and choose to use technology or not.

Social Innovation Lab Funding

The Social Innovation Lab at JHU catalyzes innovative approaches to pressing social issues in Baltimore and beyond. SIL does this primarily by incubating innovative non-profits, mission-driven companies, and disruptive technologies. Through seed funding of $1,000, mentorship, office space, and personalized trainings, SIL helps individuals and teams transform novel ideas and emerging projects into thriving ventures that make a measurable impact.

External Grants, Awards, Scholarships & Fellowships (selected)

Grants, Awards & Funding Resources for Dance