ISM Fellows in Sacred Music, Worship, and the Arts

Funding Agency:
Yale University

Each year, the Institute brings a group of Long-term and Short-term Fellows from around the world to join its community of scholars and artists. In our flagship program, Long-term Fellows are in residence at the Institute for one year to pursue interdisciplinary projects and teach at Yale. Short-term Fellows are in residence at Yale for a period of one to three months to pursue research in relevant Yale collections.

Long-term Fellowships: A diverse cohort of Long-term Fellows are in residence at the Yale ISM each year 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, artists, 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. 

Short-term Collections-based Fellowships: Short-term fellows are in residence at Yale for a period of one to three months throughout the course of the academic year and summer months to research the aural, material, visual, ritual, and textual features of religious thought and practice. These fellowships are restricted to projects that intend to work in Yale’s non-circulating collections, and a list of the collections where Short-term Fellows work can be found here.

Deadline: October 15, 2023

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

The Interdisciplinary research projects that Long- and short-term fellows pursue touch 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

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Post Doctoral Fellows


Arts & Humanities

External Deadline

October 15, 2023