EFCF/JEN Research Fellowship

The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation (EFCF) – Jazz Education Network (JEN) Research Fellowship at the
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
in Washington, D.C.

The EFCF/JEN Research Fellowship is intended to provide opportunities for a serious educator/student/music historian (such as senior researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students) to conduct a directed research Project associated with the archival collections at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
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The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation (in Los Angeles, CA) is prepared to make a monetary grant of between one thousand and five thousand dollars, and an additional thousand dollars may be awarded towards travel and accommodations if the Foundation deems this necessary.

Submissions are due September 15.

Grant awardees will be notified by October 31.

  • The project will be allowed up to two years to final completion or the fellowship money must be refunded in full.
  • Final presentation of the project will take place at the Smithsonian Institution as well as at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference.
  • A written document/summation (non-exclusively) published through JEN is also required to be completed no later than six months after the final presentation.

After starting your application by clicking below, please submit the following application materials. Click below to begin application.

  1. Research Proposal
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letter of Reference
  4. Budget

We look forward to reviewing your application materials!

JEN Research Committee

You must be logged in as a JENeral Member of JEN to submit this application.

Grant Proposal Requirements

Grant proposals must include the following (grant request not to exceed 1,500 words):

  • Research proposal that outlines the project
  • The relationship and benefit to specific jazz research areas
  • Information on how the resources of the Smithsonian Institution will be used
  • Proposed timeline


  • Detailed list of collaborators
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of reference by the Department Chair or an expert in the field
  • Detailed budget

Smithsonian Institute Resources

Examples for resources at the Smithsonian Institution include the following archival collections housed at the National Museum of American History and its Archives Center.  To find additional resources and more detailed information, please visit www.smithsonianjazz.org

Selected archival Jazz Collections:
  • Duke Ellington Collection
  • Ruth Ellington Collection
  • Cat Anderson Collection
  • Rex Stewart Collection
  • Duke Ellington Oral History Project Collection
  • Bill Holman Collection (800 scores)
  • Jimmie Lunceford Band Library (about 200 original orchestrations)
  • Ella Fitzgerald Collection
  • Benny Carter Collection
  • Milt Gabler Collection
  • Ramsey Lewis Collection
  • Ray McKinley Collection
  • Willie Smith Collection
  • Claude “Fiddler” Williams Papers
  • Ernie Smith Collection of Jazz Films (about 300 titles)
  • Herman Leonard Photograph Collection
  • Bill Claxton Photograph Collection
  • Francis Wolff Jazz Photographs
  • Stephanie Myers Jazz Photograph Collection
  • W. Royal Stokes Collection of Music Publicity Photos
  • Frank Schiffman Apollo Theater Collection
  • Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music (over 100,000 pieces, including many ragtime and jazz titles)
  • Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Collection (over 200 interviews)
Selected Smithsonian NMAH jazz personnel
  • John Edward Hasse, Ph.D
Curator, author, jazz historian and founder of Jazz Appreciation Month
  • Ken Kimery
Executive Producer of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and head of the Jazz Oral History Project
  • Wendy Shay
Deputy Chair and Audio-Visual Archivist, Archives Center, National Museum of American History