The Brenda M. Romero CU Dissertation Award in Music and/or Sound Studies and Social Justice is a $1,000 award that is open to students enrolled at CU Boulder, CU Denver, and the Anschutz Medical Campus. As we look to a better future, this award is meant to help identify and circulate ideals of music and/or sound and social justice under a wide umbrella of perspectives.

This award was made possible by a generous donation from Brenda M. Romero, Professor Emerita and founding Coordinator of Ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado Boulder, commemorating and celebrating her participation in the Centennial Anniversary of the CU College of Music in 2020.


Eligible students may be enrolled in any discipline at CU Boulder, CU Denver, and the Anschutz Campus but they must be working on a dissertation whose topic is related to music (or sound studies) and social justice. 

Application Procedures

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, February 18th. Please submit your application using this link: