Music ID Digital Research Fellowship


As part of the growing fields of Digital Humanities and Digital Social Sciences, recent advances in technology have allowed scholars to enhance their work by incorporating previously unavailable data. Whether operating on a large or small scale, data analysis has helped scholars discover different types of evidence, develop new theories, and re-evaluate past conclusions. In an attempt to encourage further work in these fields, Music ID is pleased to sponsor an annual Digital Research Fellowship to promote data-based research in popular music studies.

Awarded competitively to scholars at any phase of their careers, the fellowship is designed to support popular music research that utilizes data to draw new insights or reinforce prior understandings. The recipient will receive $1,000 and access to the Music ID platform for one year (all other applicants will receive access to the platform for six months). Special preference is given to proposals that demonstrate how they will benefit from access to the Music ID platform. The recipient is expected to write a 1-2 page final report at the end of their fellowship year, describing the research they conducted and their preliminary findings.

Examples of previous proposals include an exploration of how contemporary trends in Afrofuturism have rekindled interest in older African American artists, correlations between the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country Singles charts in the 1970s, and whether or not streaming services have opened up new avenues of music industry success for historically marginalized communities.

Application Requirements

In order to be considered, interested applicants must send an anonymized, 1-page research plan as a PDF to by August 1, 2018. The recipient is then chosen through a blind review process.

Submissions from faculty, independent scholars, and graduate students are all encouraged and welcome. International applicants are also welcome, but all submissions must be in English.

Past Fellows

2018 Thomas Johnson (Skidmore College), “Identity, Genre, and Chart Success”