Post-Master's Degree Fellowship Program

Please note: this program is available to enrolled graduate students at Berklee College of Music.

Berklee's post-master’s degree fellowship program supports recent master’s degree graduates who are working on academic and creative projects related to the study and practice of contemporary music. Projects may include performance, composition, research, technology, entrepreneurship, and other endeavors.

The fellowship program’s purpose is to stimulate and support promising musicians, scholars, and music business people in the early stages of their careers and to foster innovation and creativity. An additional goal involves supporting artists and scholars in the development of pedagogical skills as they contribute to Berklee’s educational environment.

Projects must be related to contemporary music and may include performances, compositions, scores for films or other media, technology, business, festivals, music therapy, music education, music research, archival work, music history, or other proposed categories. Projects should be designed to have a size and scope that can be completed within the fellowship year.

Fellows are expected to be in regular attendance on campus and to participate actively in service to the college (approximately 30 hours per week in Valencia and 25 hours per week in Boston) while they also complete their project goals. Performances and touring, research trips, interviews, and attendance at conferences or speaking engagements should be limited to no more than 15 days in total during the fellowship term (excluding holidays and weekends). 

Fellows receive an annual stipend, plus private health insurance.

Berklee provides computer support, library privileges, and access—in accordance with college guidelines—to recording studios (with a limited number of hours), rehearsal spaces, and private lesson rooms. When possible, office space will also be provided. 

Entrance Requirements

This is a highly competitive program. Applicants must have completed their master’s degree during the previous academic year. Applicants must demonstrate significant achievement as well as significant promise. Applicants should be comfortable working in an international community of artists, musicians, and scholars. 

There is additional information about the application process for currently enrolled students on the Graduate Studies department page (login required). 

What the Program Gives You

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • complete the specific creative or scholarly project supported by the fellowship;
  • synthesize their creative or scholarly work;
  • present their work to the Berklee community and a wider live or virtual audience;
  • plan and refine career goals; and
  • develop pedagogical and other academic skills.
Required Courses