The American Handel Society offers the J. Merrill Knapp Research Fellowship, a grant for advanced graduate students and scholars in the early stages of their careers to support work in Handel studies or related fields.

Previous winners of the Knapp Fellowship

Year Recipient Affiliation Supported Research
2024 Peter Kohanski University of North Texas To support research at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for his dissertation "Sounding Britain, Crafting Self: Handel, Imperial Identities, and Eighteenth-Century Lives of Empire."
2024 Paul Feller Northwestern University To support travel to the Ets Haim Library and the Stadsarchief in Amsterdam for his doctoral project on intersection between Handel's music and the Dutch Sephardic community.
2022 Blake Johnson University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory To support travel to London to conduct research at the British Library and the National Archives on the performance styles of foreign oboists in eighteenth-century London.
2020 Patrick Rogers Independent scholar To support the cost of digital copies, interlibrary loans, and travel related to his project "Samuel Arnold as Editor and Performer of Handel’s Music."
2018 Alison DeSimone University of Missouri–Kansas City To support a research trip to the United Kingdom for work on her monograph-in-progress, "The Power of Pastiche: Musical Miscellany and the Creation of Cultural Identity in Early Eighteenth-Century England."
2016 Carlo Lanfossi University of Pennsylvania To support travel to view in situ the sources of numerous pasticci involving Handel in some way for his project "Handel as Arranger and Producer: Listening to Pasticci in Eighteenth-Century London."
2016 Matthew Gardner Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main To support travel to view in situ sources of the oratorio Deborah as he prepares the critical edition for the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe.
2012 Regina Compton Eastman School of Music To support travel to London to conduct research for her dissertation on the recitativo semplice in Handel's Academy operas.
2011 Alison Desimone University of Michigan To support travel to London and Venice for the dissertation "Female Opera Singers and the Performance of Identity in Early Eighteenth-Century London."
2011 Andrew Woolley University of Southhampton To support travel to London, Cambridge and Chichester for the project "Research on the William Walond Manuscript of Keyboard Music in the Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the Foundling Museum Library, London, UK, and Related Sources."
2009 Thomas McGeary Independent scholar To pay for the provision of numerous illustrations for the 2009 essay in Early Music, "Handel as Art Collector: Art, Connoisseurship and Taste in Hanoverian Britain."
2005 Nathan Link Yale University To support travel to Hamburg to study the Handel's conducting scores at the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek.
2004 Ilias Chrissochoidis Stanford University To support research on the political context of Handel's Esther in 1732.
2003 Zachariah Victor Yale University To support work on "An Interdisciplinary Study of Vocal Genres and the Pastoral in the Music of Alessandro Scarlatti, 1693-1707," including connections between Handel and Scarlatti as cantata composers.
2002 Minji Kim Brandeis University To support travel to London for research on the topic "Handel's Israel in Egypt: a Three-Anthem Oratorio."
2001 Major Peter C. Giotta (Asst. Professor of English) United States Military Academy (West Point) To support a research trip to England to explore how Handel's oratorio Samson affected the reception of Milton's poetry in the 18th century.
2000 Stanley Pelkey Gordon College To explore the the formation of canonical repertoires in Georgian Britain and the influence that those canons, and especially the music of Handel, had on compositional practices in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
1999 Kenneth McLeod Massachusetts Institute of Technology To study sources for Eccles' and Handel's Semele in London to assist with the completion of his project, "Masculine Anxiety in Handel's Semele."
1998 Todd Gilman Massachusetts Institute of Technology To study sources and materials by the English composer and Handel contemporary, Thomas Augustine Arne, at the Britten-Pears library in Aldeburth, England.
1996 Barbara Durost Claremont Graduate School To study manuscript sources of William Croft's works in England and to search for concordances in major collections of single songs and anthologies in English libraries, and thereby shed light in Handel's activities during the same period.
1995 Mark Risinger Harvard University To study Handel autographs in London and Cambridge, England.
1993 Michael Corn University of Illinois
1993 Channan Willner City University of New York To complete the recipient's dissertation on the analysis of Handel's music.
1991 John Winemiller University of Chicago To complete archival research on Handel's self-borrowings from his abandoned opera, Titus (1731/32) and thereby complete his dissertation, "Aspects of neoclassicism in Handel's compositional aesthetic."
1990 Richard G. King Stanford University To study Handelian biographical archives in the Netherlands.
1989 David Ross Hurley University of Chicago To complete the recipient's dissertation: "Handel's Compositional Process: A Study of Selected Oratorios."

Other Awards

We encourage Handel researchers to also consider the following fellowships: