The deadline to be considered for the 2022 Neil Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholarship Award from the IBMA Foundation is June 30.

The award annually recognizes the best bluegrass-related paper accepted by a juried academic conference during the previous year. Developing academic scholars eligible for this award include graduate students in MA or PhD programs and recent PhDs (within five years of degree completion). The award’s name honors Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Neil V. Rosenberg, PhD, a noted bluegrass author and historian. 

The objective of this award is to grow the academic awareness of bluegrass music by encouraging developing academic scholars to present research of high quality to fellow scholars on any aspect of the genre. The recipient of the Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholar Award, to be announced in early August, will receive a $500 honorarium plus admission to the next IBMA Business Conference and Awards Show. 

The 2021 recipient was Heather Grimm, a PhD candidate in the interdisciplinary theatre/drama department at Northwestern University. We are grateful to the John Hartford Family who sponsored the Rosenberg Scholar Award in 2021 and to Mary Tyler Doub, the sponsor in 2019.

Entries may be emailed to review committee chair Travis Stimeling, PhD, at, or mailed to him at 142 Ridgeley Road, Morgantown, WV 26505. For more information, please contact Dr. Stimeling directly or email

Return to the June 2022 issue of The Cornerstone.