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The Roland Jackson Memorial Music Research Fellowship offers support for short-term research at The Claremont Colleges Library Special Collections. The Jackson Fellowship is open to researchers pursuing a project, the main subject focus of which is represented in the Roland Jackson Collection–performance practice, early music, 19th-century music, film music, and computer music studies–and whose research would benefit from on-site access to materials housed in Special Collections.

Awards of up to $1,500 will be based on the overall promise of the research project; the research project’s focus in subjects reflected in the Roland Jackson Collection; and the significance of The Claremont Colleges Library Special Collections to the work. The on-site research period must run for at least five consecutive days.

Any researcher, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, performers, or independent scholars, is eligible to apply.

Fellowship requirements

There are two fellowship requirements:

  1. Applicants’ research product (paper, presentation, chapter, thesis, dissertation, or other study) must be in a subject area represented in Prof. Jackson’s papers.
  2. A copy of the research product is added to the Roland Jackson Collection in Special Collections.
Application deadline

Fellowship currently paused. Please stay tuned for updates.

Roland Jackson

The Roland Jackson Memorial Music Research Fellowship was established by a bequest of Professor Roland Jackson, who taught at The Claremont Graduate University from 1970 until his retirement in 1994; he passed away in June 2015. While at CGU, Prof. Jackson founded the scholarly journal Performance Practice Review. As a music historian, Prof. Jackson’s research and publications were far-ranging, and his collection includes his research in performance practice, early music, 19th-century music, film music, and computer music studies.

How to Apply

We are not accepting applications at this time.

Please submit the following documents as a single PDF to Jackson Research Fellowship (

  1. Cover letter    
  2. Curriculum vitae    
  3. Description of research topic and its significance. Please format your description as follows:
    1. 2 pages maximum
    2. 12-pt. font, 1 inch margins, double-spaced
  1. Bibliography of items that you intend to use in Special Collections. Address why you need to come to Claremont and use these collections to do your work.
  2. Dates to be spent in-residence
  3. One letter of recommendation from a professional and/or academic reference speaking to the value of your project and the quality of your work. The recommendation letter should be sent separate from your .pdf application. Your recommendation letter must arrive by the application deadline in order for your application to be considered. Please note that members of the Jackson Fellowship review committee cannot consider letters of recommendation from committee members themselves or librarians and staff of The Claremont Colleges Library. Please arrange for your letter of recommendation to be sent as a .pdf document to or by mail to:

Jackson Fellowship – Special Collections
The Claremont Colleges Library
800 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Recipients are asked to please acknowledge the fellowship in any publications resulting from funded research in The Claremont Colleges Library Special Collections.

The awards committee will begin reviewing applications promptly after the deadline, and fellowship recipients will be notified via email. Award recipients are responsible for making their own travel and living arrangements.

Please send any questions to

SCA Music Collections

Research collections that are administered by Special Collections and available for fellowship-supported research include Professor Jackson’s papers as well as collections of rare books, journals, manuscripts, archives, printed ephemera, photographs, audiovisual materials, oral history interviews, and other items in music and related disciplines such as visual art and the performing arts.