Fellowship research grant

Application Period: Wednesday, November 1 – Friday, December 15 at 10:00pm (CT)

Fellowship Research Grant

The Jazz & Heritage Archive is now accepting applications for its competitive Fellowship.

The Fellowship Research Grant is a program of the Jazz & Heritage Archive to support research about Louisiana’s diverse music, cultural, and artistic heritage. Successful applicants have a history of productive scholarship via public presentations, publications, or exhibitions.  One recipient will be chosen to receive $5,000 from the Jazz & Heritage Archive.


The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive is an educational service that identifies, collects, preserves, and protects materials of cultural and historical significance to New Orleans and Louisiana as well as the records of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and its assets and programs. These materials are to be used solely for scholarly research and interpretation and to support the mission of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.


The Fellowship Research Grant has three purposes:

  • To encourage the scholarly use of the collections in the Jazz & Heritage Archive.
  • To support new documentation projects that produce primary resource material of lasting value for future research use in the Jazz & Heritage Archive.
  • To encourage scholarship regionally.


  • Applicants can be academic, independent, or community scholars with a considerable record of achievement.
  • Applicants from the United States or away are welcome to apply.

How to Apply

  • Only one submission per applicant is allowed.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed.
  • Online Applications Only: We accept applications through our online application portal. We do not accept paper applications.
  • To access the application, go to our online application form here: https://jazzandheritage.gosmart.org/  or click below:

Fellowship Outline

  • Application opens: Wednesday, November 1, 2023
  • Application deadline: Tuesday, December 15, 2023, at 10:00 p.m. (CT)
  • Notification will be emailed to applicants no sooner than Friday, January 26, 2024.


We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with the Jazz & Heritage Archive’s resources. Search our collections in our online catalog. The Jazz & Heritage Archive resources should play a central role in the proposed research agenda, and fellows are encouraged to explore other research facilities in Louisiana. Successful applications demonstrate a need to work with archival collections in Louisiana.

Some of the Jazz & Heritage collections are not in our online catalog, therefore, all applicants are encouraged to call the Archive to discuss additional materials of interest.

Past Recipients

2014 Fellowship Recipients

  • Jerry Brock: “An Exploration Into the History and Evolution of the New Orleans Second Line.”
  • Jessica Dauterive: “Exporting Identity: The Production of Place in the Cajun Recording Industry”
  • Helen Regis: “Conjuring Congo Square: Black Power and Diasporic Memory”
  • Manuel Sevilla: “Notions of Cultural Heritage in the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival”

2015 Fellowship Recipients

  • Cherice Harrison Nelson: “Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Chief Yearbook”
  • Clifton John Faust: “Musicians In The Power House”
  • Ann Jabro: “Busting Out: A content analysis of print media coverage of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival”
  • Doug Marshall: “Marching with the Reaper: The Communicative Heritage of New Orleans Death Rituals”

2016 Fellowship Recipients

  • Lisa Katzman: “Aaron Neville: Tell It Like It Is”
  • Martha Radice: “Crafting Carnival, Crafting Community”
  • Rachel Carrico: “More than Merely Fun: Dance, Politics, and Pleasure at the Second Line”

2017 Fellowship Recipients

  • Ann Jabro: “A Content Analysis of Media Coverage of the Jazz and Heritage Foundation’s Jazz Festival: 2005 to 2015”
  • Jerry Brock: “An Exploration Into the History and Evolution of the New Orleans Second Line” 
  • George Ingmire: “Uncovering the Primary Collection: The Voices, Stories, and Happenings on WWOZ’s Airwaves during the 1980s”
  • Doug Marshall: “Female Action and the Power of Remembrance: The Role of Women in New Orleans Death Rituals and Traditions”
  • KC Whiteley: “Who Are They? The Women Behind the New Orleans Jazz Festival and Foundation”

2018 Fellowship Recipients

  • George Ingmire: “The Voice of New Orleans: From a Treme living room to the Internet”
  • Bob Cataliotti: “The Drum Set, Its Relation to New Orleans, and the Evolution of the City’s Style(s) of Drumming”


The Jazz & Heritage Archive

901 Toulouse St.

New Orleans, LA 70112

United States of America

Tel: (504) 558-6138

E-mail: archive@jazzandheritage.org