Berklee Archives & Special Collections Research Grant (SCORE Grant)

The Berklee Archives & Special Collections Research Grant (SCORE Grant) supports faculty at all campuses in pursuing research opportunities which utilize Berklee Archives' collections and align with the Archives' mission statement. The SCORE Grant (up to $2000 awarded) is offered and awarded annually. The application becomes available early in the spring semester with an April 20 deadline. All recipients are announced May 1 and funds will be made available June 1. This grant is made possible through a generous donation by Berklee President Emeritus Lee Berk and Susan Berk.

Examples of potential creative/scholarly projects using Berklee Archives materials:

  1. Production of a performing arts/multimedia event, e.g., a campus concert utilizing scores from the Tibor Pusztai papers (BCA-040)
  2. Production of an audiovisual recording, e.g., a recorded album of unpublished compositions from the Renick Ross papers (BCA-056)
  3. Research for scholarly publication, e.g., a book chapter about the history of the Boston Conservatory's Dance Division (BCB-009, BCB-017 - BCB-022)
  4. Curricular resource development, e.g., research for course creation on the evolution of jazz theory and harmony from Schillinger House to Berklee

Current faculty, chairs and deans at all campuses (Boston/Valencia/NYC) with active status and in good standing at Berklee are eligible to apply. Members currently on sabbatical or leave are not eligible.

The following materials are required for submission:

  • Personal statement (no more than three pages in length)
  • Budget sheet
  • Current, truncated CV or résumé (no more than three pages in length)
  • Acknowledgement of good standing

All items can be submitted and uploaded via a SCORE Grant application form.

Please see Berklee Berklee Archives SCORE Grant Instructions for more details.

SCORE Grant applications are reviewed by Berklee Archives & Special Collections' staff and a rotating team of three Berklee faculty and/or administration. All applicants will be notified about the team's decision by May 1.

The following information has been revised from Berklee's Faculty Development’s Grants and Funding webpage

Boston Faculty

All grant funds are distributed through faculty payroll and subject to taxes and other deductions such as 403(b) (per federal regulations). To maximize the benefit of your award, please account for up to 35% being deducted from your award for taxes as well as the percentage you have set for your 403(b) account. For your convenience, this figure calculates automatically within the Berklee Faculty Fellowship budget sheet, however, it is an average estimate and will not be exact. If you would like to use the exact percentage normally deducted from your pay, please reach out to your financial advisor if you have one, or use a tool such as one of the ADP Payroll Calculators. Please keep taxes and deductions in mind as you calculate your project expenses.

Valencia Faculty

Berklee Archives SCORE Grant is awarded in U.S. Dollars, but must be paid to you in Euros. When preparing your budget, please utilize a currency converter tool such as XE Currency Converter (online) to calculate your expenses based on the current exchange rate. All SCORE Grant funds are distributed through payroll and subject to standard payroll taxes; please plan your budget accordingly. Please keep in mind, the deduction percentage on the Fellowship budget sheet is set to 35%; please adjust as needed or reach out to us with questions as needed. For questions or concerns about payroll taxes, please contact Irene Sanhermelando at

Within 12 months of receiving funds via the SCORE Grant, you must submit an official grant completion report. The following items are required for completion of the awarded grant’s life cycle:

  • Finalized budget sheet
  • Project summary and/or narrative
  • Deliverables (e.g. photographs, performance recordings, published works)

All items can be submitted and uploaded via a SCORE Grant completion form.

Please see Berklee Berklee Archives SCORE Grant Instructions for more details.