Career Center


Working with Graduate Students on Fellowship and Grant Applications.                               A conversation with Cynthia Verba

Thursday, Nov 1, 4:00-5:30 PM, Sweet Hall 3rd floor open space



Cynthia Verba has been serving as Director of Fellowships in the Graduate School of Arts and

Sciences since 1986. Prior to that, she was Associate Director at Harvard’s Office of Career Services,

with responsibility for overseeing academic and nonacademic career services for graduate students

and PhDs. Her work at Harvard in the area of professional development for PhDs began in 1978.

She holds a PhD in musicology from the University of Chicago, and continues to be active as a

publishing scholar. She was a fellow at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College in 1987, and

received a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Humanities in 1983 to further her

research in musicology. She has also served as Chair of the Committee on Academic and

Nonacademic Employment of the American Musicological Society (AMS) from 1979-1985, and is

now a member of the AMS Committee on Career-Related Issues. She taught courses in music

history at the Harvard University Extension School from 1977 until her retirement last year.

Her publications in the area of professional development and grantsmanship include the following

works which have been published by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:


Scholarly Pursuits:

A Guide to Professional Development During the Graduate Years; Minorities in Academe:

The Concept of Becoming a Scholar (revised version, 1996); and the annual fellowship guides,

The Graduate Guide to Grants and, The Harvard Guide to Postdoctoral Fellowships. She has also written

Careers for Musicologists, published by the American Musicological Society (AMS) in 1986, and has

written an adaptation of a Harvard publication for AMS entitled

Scholarly Pursuits: A Guide to Professional Development for Graduate Students in the Fields of Music,

published on the AMS web site in 2012. She was a contributor to

Teaching and Beyond: Nonacademic Career Programs for PhDs ,

published by the Regents of the University of the State of New York in 1984.

In the field of musicology she has written two books: Music and the French Enlightenment: Reconstruction

of a Dialogue, 1750-1765 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993), and more recently, Dramatic Expression in

Rameau’s Tragédie en Musique: Between Tradition and Enlightenment (Cambridge University Press,




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