The Rob Schultz Junior Scholar Award


Rob Schultz (1977-2016)


It was with tremendous sadness that we received word in May regarding the passing of our fellow scholar, colleague, and dear friend Rob Schultz. In addition to his teaching and research activities at the University of Kentucky, Rob was co-founder of the Analytical Approaches to World Music journal and the associated conference series. We will miss him dearly and are grateful to have had the opportunity to share these activities with him. We are proud to dedicate the AAWM 2016 conference to his memory.

Working in close association with Rob’s family, the editors and organizers of the Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM) journal and conference series have recently established the Rob Schultz Junior Scholar Award to honor our dear friend and colleague.

The award is open to graduate students and young scholars within five years of graduation and is awarded on a biennial basis as part of the AAWM conference series. For each conference, the best paper presented by a junior scholar will be selected for publication in the AAWM journal, and the author will also receive a modest cash award.

The competition will be adjudicated by a committee of AAWM editors and organizers in association with The Schultz Family. The committee will nominate candidates to receive the award subject to approval by representatives of The Schultz Family who will notify the winner and grant the award. The Bove Family Foundation has generously offered to endow the award with regular donations of $750 in addition to those donations received through AAWM.

Those AAWM conference presenters interested in applying for the award may forward submissions to Specify 'Rob Schultz Junior Scholar Award' in the subject line. Formatting and other requirements are the same as for submissions to the AAWM journal, all of which can be found at

To fund this award in Rob’s memory, AAWM is accepting donations at

If you are able, please donate whatever amount feels comfortable. Any donations we receive will be used to continue this award for as long as possible.