In Dec., Dr. K. Dawn Grapes, associate professor of music history, was awarded the Claude V. Palisca Fellowship in Musicology by the 2020 Renaissance Society of America fellowships committee; the honor included a research stipend.
The fellowship is specified for Dr. Grapes’ biography project “Patrons and Biography: John Dowland,” and funds will be used to defray expenses incurred on a Fall 2020 trip to the UK, where she will conduct archival research at the National Archives in Kew and the British Library in London related to the Renaissance composer’s patrons.
Dr. Tracy Robey, RSA director of meetings, fellowships, and grants congratulated Dr. Grapes via letter saying, “Only 14% of applications received funding this year, and in selecting you as a winner of the Claude V. Palisca Fellowship in Musicology, the committee identified your project as one of the very best advancing our knowledge of Renaissance studies.”
The award rate percentage refers to applicants in all disciplines, as most fellowships are open as related to field, however, the Palisca Fellowship is the only award dedicated specifically for music scholarship, and there is only one award given out each year by the national organization. According to the RSA website, “The Claude V. Palisca Fellowship in Musicology supports scholarly research by a Musicologist at the archive, collection, site, library, or other venue for scholarship of one’s choice.”