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Small Grants for Cornell Students and Faculty

The Center’s Small Grants support research by Cornell students and faculty relating to keyboard instruments. Projects may combine research interests in history, performance, composition, improvisation, and technology, from the medieval organ to the latest digital keyed instruments. In particular, we encourage research that is cross-disciplinary, collaborative, and/or addresses marginalized or underrepresented communities. 

Funding of up to $500 is available for travel to invite speakers, performers, or composers to Cornell, to commission new works for instruments housed by the Center, or other research expenses. We will also consider applications for larger grants to support small- or large-scale symposia or workshops.

To apply:

For full details, including information on how to apply, please contact Jordan Musser ( or Mike Cheng-Yu Lee ( The following materials will be included in the application as a single PDF.

  1. CV
  2. Proposal, outlining: a) Overview of project and output, faculty advisor (for graduate students, if applicable), timeline, and how funding would be used (500 words); and b) a provisional budget
  3. For graduate student applicants: A letter of support from your advisor

Visiting Fellows Program

The Center’s Visiting Fellows program fosters collaboration and exchange between Cornell and other institutions. Visiting Fellows are typically enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program, although the Center is open to considering applications from more senior performers and/or scholars. In a typical year, the Center hosts two Fellows. The Center particularly encourages applications from underrepresented minorities, and from performers and performer-scholars trained on modern instruments who would like to explore period instruments and performance. Some financial support, including room and board, is available to successful applicants from underserved economic backgrounds.

Length of Residency

Depending on the nature of the proposed project, Visiting Fellows may be in residence between two to eight weeks. Residencies can occur during Cornell’s teaching periods or during Cornell’s summer session. In exceptional cases, longer and shorter residencies will be considered.

For full details, including information on how to apply, please contact Jordan Musser ( or Mike Cheng-Yu Lee (