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Grants and awards are a fantastic resource you can utilize to fund your artistic projects.  Navigate the topics below learn about grants and awards available to Peabody & JHU students, as well as external funding resources.

Grant Application Tips & Resources

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Peabody Grants & Awards

Peabody Career Development Grants

Summary: 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. Grant amounts average around $400, although funding up to $1000 may sometimes be awarded.

Application Deadlines: Logistical Funding applications are accepted on a rolling basis and 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 Funding applications have one deadline per semester:

  • Fall 2020 Project Funding Deadline: 11:59pm ET on October 21, 2020
  • Spring 2021 Project Funding Deadline: 11:59pm ET on March 24, 2021

Eligibility: To be eligible, applicants should be:

  • Undergraduate students who have been enrolled at Peabody for two years
  • Peabody graduate students
  • Alumni within two years of graduation from Peabody
  • Applicants must not have received an award in the previous year. There is a limit of two awards per student.

Qualifications: The committee will consider proposals for entrepreneurial project funding as well as logistical career development needs. Please see the application procedures page for details and to apply.

Peabody LAUNCHPad helps students develop project ideas and prepare grant proposals. You can view a Sample Career Development Grant proposal (JHED ID required), and contact us to make an appointment well in advance of any deadline. We are unlikely to be able to accommodate last-minute requests for proposal review.

Peabody Dean’s Incentive Grants

Established in 2015 with funding from generous donors, the Dean’s Incentive Grants provide grant funding to 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 will be awarded.

Applications for Dean’s Incentive Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis and by invitation only. Students interested in developing a grant proposal should reach out to Zane Forshee or Christina Manceor in LAUNCHPad.

To get started, see LAUNCHPad’s Tips for Writing Grant Proposals

Presser Award

Eligibility: Returning Peabody graduate student
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021
Grantwriting Tips: Tips

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

This award is not intended to replace other financial assistance provided by the Institution to the Award recipient. It is not to be applied towards tuition, housing costs, and other expenses normally incurred in pursuit of a degree; rather, 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. Projects must be completed by the end of the following academic year.

Peabody LAUNCHPad helps students prepare grant proposals and develop project ideas. Contact us to make appointments. Also see our Tips for Writing Grant Proposals.

Alsop Entrepreneurial Award for Conductors

Eligibility: Current Peabody conducting student
Application Deadline: January 31, 2020
Grantwriting Tips: Tips

The Alsop Entrepreneurial Award for Conductors was established to provide current Peabody Conducting students the opportunity to pursue community engagement projects in the Baltimore area. One grant of $2,500 will be awarded to annually to an eligible Peabody conducting student. This award is made possible by Marin Alsop.
Grants typically provide funding toward performer and venue fees. 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 LAUNCHPad helps students prepare grant proposals and develop project ideas. Contact us to make appointments. Also see our Tips for Writing Grant Proposals.

Peabody Launch Grant

Summary: 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 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: To be eligible, applicants should be undergraduate or master’s students currently enrolled in Pitching Your Creative Idea. Students are recommended for the Launch Grant based on their final class project and can then opt-in or opt-out of the final grant 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 including Dean Bronstein. Please review the Launch Grant page for detailed instructions and past recipients.

Peabody Graduate Assistantships

Application deadlines: Approx Feb. 10. See above page for details.

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JHU Grants & Awards

FastForward U Thalheimer Graduate Student Award ($10,000)

FFU has recognized that raising significant early-stage funding can be difficult for graduate students, with no awards specifically tailored for the JHU Graduate Student community. To that end, FastForward U will be awarding four graduate-student-led teams $10,000 each to help develop and scale their ventures. In addition to the funding, each GSA recipient will receive mentorship from entrepreneurial Hopkins alums, the opportunity to join the Spring 2020 Fuel Accelerator cohort, and additional resources from FastForward U and Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures. Ventures can be at any stage, focus on any industry/vertical/problem and may utilize technology or not.

JHU Alumni Association Grants (up to $1,500)

The JHU Alumni Association’s Student Grant Program provides funding 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. In the fall 2014 grant cycle, the Alumni Association awarded funding of $62,000 to 53 student groups from all nine divisions of the university.

JHU National Fellowships and Scholarships Program

More than 20 prestigious scholarships, including Fulbright, Marshall, and Gates, that support study and research. See:

List of Fellowships | Advice for Applicants

O’Connor Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Fund

The Ralph O’Connor Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Fund, overseen by Johns Hopkins Ventures, is intended to support undergraduate entrepreneurship via the support of student-led teams and projects. “O’Connor Grants” will be available to undergraduate student groups who are working on developing a technology or a solution that has a clear commercial or entrepreneurial focus.  Funding in the range of $5,000 to $10,000 will be available for selected projects and teams.

NOVA Undergraduate Research Team Competition

The NOVA Undergraduate Research Team Competition is a new HOUR program designed for groups or teams of two or more Hopkins undergraduates in any field, working together on a research or scholarly creative project. HOUR will be awarding three teams’ research grants up to $6000 in funding to pursue their project over the year following the award. All awarded teams will be required to present their project at an upcoming DREAMS event as well as one professional conference or outside event of their choosing.

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 have the opportunity to conduct independent research, design, entrepreneurship, scholarly, and creative projects over the academic year with the help of a $3000 fellowship. PURA recipients will present their project at DREAMS, our campus wide day celebrating undergraduate projects.

See also the Summer PURA – available for summer projects

Social Innovation Lab ($1,000 and Additional Support)

Johns Hopkins University’s Social Innovation Lab is now accepting applications for its social venture incubator.  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, 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.

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

Eligibility: Graduating Peabody/JHU Senior

The Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts, a $1,500 annual prize established in 1983, is awarded to that graduating undergraduate senior from the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Nursing, or the Peabody Institute, or that fourth-year student in the School of Medicine who, in the opinion of those faculties, 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).

Guidelines for competing for the Sudler Prize and an application form may be downloaded from Be sure to read the detailed description and eligibility information.

The Sudler Arts Prize Committee also considers candidates for the President’s Commendation for Achievement in the Arts, a service award honoring a graduating undergraduare senior in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Nursing, or the Peabody Institute who has contributed extensively to the arts in the Homewood and/or Baltimore communities. Follow the above link for general information; here’s the link to the Application.

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External Grants, Awards, Scholarships & Fellowships (selected)

Grants & Awards

Scholarships & Fellowships

Grants, Awards & Funding Resources for Dance

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