The Yale Institute of Sacred Music is an interdisciplinary center where scholars and artists engage in academic and creative work across a variety of fields at the intersection of religion and the arts. Each year, the Institute brings a diverse cohort of Long-term Fellows to Yale to pursue scholarly and creative projects that connect with the mission of the Institute and are informed by various interdisciplinary perspectives. ISM Fellows are exceptional scholars and practitioners at all career stages, whose projects range from studies of Buddhist chant to African American sacred music, and analyses of Medieval ritual to Jewish art. With access to Yale’s unparalleled resources, ISM Long-term Fellows join a vibrant, interdisciplinary community for the academic year where they convene regularly with their cohort to share their work in progress. Fellows also have the option to teach interdisciplinary courses based on their area of research at Yale.
The ISM seeks to prioritize applicants for our annual long-term fellowships in several areas of teaching and research during the current cycle, including projects that study the sacred arts and ritual spheres of African Americans, Africana, Latinx, and/or Indigenous studies. Two new areas of interest during the current application cycle are projects that study music and the Black church and scholars working at the intersection of religion, ecology, and the arts. There is the possibility of multi-year appointments in all of these targeted areas of research.
The work of the Institute touches a broad array of disciplines, including
Anthropology ~ African American Studies ~ Area Studies ~ Art ~ Architecture ~ Composition ~ Creative Writing ~ Ethnomusicology ~ Film Studies ~ History of Art or Architecture ~ Latinx Studies ~ Literature ~ Liturgical Studies ~ Musicology ~ Native American and Indigenous Studies ~ Religious Studies ~ Ritual Studies ~ Sociology ~ Theatre Studies ~ Theology
The Long-term Fellowship application is due on October 15, 2021, for fellowships that begin in Fall 2022. In addition to a competitive stipend, fellows receive research funds, subsidized housing, and relocation costs. More information and the application can be found at https://ism.yale.edu/ism-fellows. The application will be available online beginning on August 15, 2021. For questions, please contact the ISM Fellows Coordinator at [email protected].
The Yale ISM also offers Short-term fellowships to work in Yale libraries and collections. More information can be found at: https://ism.yale.edu/fellowships/short-term-collections-based-fellowships