Alpert Endowment Fund for Faculty Research and Professional Travel


In 2015-16, the Cabinet of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music approved the allocation of new funds from the Herb Alpert Endowment to support faculty travel and research. Collectively these funds make up the Herb Alpert “Faculty Opportunity Fund,” which will continue to be available for 2017-18.  Faculty may apply for one Research and one Travel Grant award each academic year.



Eligibility. The Fund is designed to support scholarly research of ladder faculty in all areas of the school, applicable to the actual expenses of conducting research (that is, the investigative phase of research rather than its development into original work or its presentation). The result of the work should lead to a scholarly paper (publication or conference presentation) in the faculty member’s field of expertise, or to other important contributions to the public dissemination of musical knowledge. Priority will be given to projects that involve graduate or undergraduate students in some meaningful way.

Award and timeline. The award maximum for 2017-18 is $3,000. Although awards may be made throughout the year as funds remain available, faculty are strongly urged to apply by November 1, 2016, after which the first allocations will be made.

Application. Limited to 2 pages. Submit a WORD document by email to Kathleen Moon at:

Email Contact:
Phone Contact:
1. Title of Project
2. Briefly describe the research project; indicate if this is a new or ongoing project, and what your goal is (published paper, conference presentation, or other).
3. How will graduate or undergraduate students benefit?
4. Indicate your funding needs and expected expenditures; briefly summarize other funding you have for this project. Funds may be used for staff support (preference for students), equipment, or travel that is related to the project (gathering data, etc.). Travel to present a paper at a conference should NOT be included, as funds for this purpose will be made available through the Faculty Travel Fund.

Awarding of Funds and the Progress Report. Funds awarded will be placed in the faculty member’s department account. A Progress Report addressed to the Dean and a summary of budget expenditures will be due on November 1, 2018. Proposals may be submitted every year the fund is available but no additional funding will be considered or awarded until Progress Reports from previous years have been submitted.



Eligibility. The Faculty Travel Fund is designed to support ladder faculty and full-time temporary faculty (adjuncts and lecturers) who have an opportunity to attend a conference, symposium, festival, or other professional event during the year. Preference will be given to faculty who will be participating in a meaningful way in the event.

Award. The Award maximum will be $1,000 for 2017-18 (one application per year)

Application and due date. The application must be submitted at least one month before the event is held; the application is limited to 2 pages. Please provide the following information in a WORD document submitted by email to Kathleen Moon at:

Email Contact:
Phone Contact:
1. Describe the event you propose to attend; give dates and location.
2. Describe your participation: are you presenting a paper, participating on a panel, giving a keynote address? If you are NOT a participant but planning to attend as part of your own professional development, please explain why this is important to you now.
3. Will students be attending with you? Have they applied for Student Travel support?
4. Outline your expected expenditures: travel, lodging, meal expenses, etc.
5. Describe other funds for which you have applied or received to support your travel for this trip.

Funds awarded will be placed in the faculty member’s department account. All requests for reimbursements (including receipts, etc.) must be submitted within 30 days of your return. All University travel regulations must be followed to receive reimbursements.

Applications will be accepted any time through June 1, 2018. Awards will be reviewed and awarded within 2 weeks after the application is received.