The annual Phil Ochs Fellowship is a partnership between the Woody Guthrie Center Archives and A Still Small Voice Inc. This annual scholarship awards up to $5,000 to scholars pursuing topics or themes related to American folk music, specifically Ochs and folk musicians from the 1940s-1970s, whose messages inspired positive social change within American and global politics.

Applications for the 2021 fellowship are now closed.

In September 2014, the only daughter of Phil Ochs, Meegan Lee Ochs, donated an extensive collection of Phil Ochs materials to the Woody Guthrie Center Archives & Special Collections, including original lyrics, handwritten travel journals and notebooks, personal belongings, photographs, and audio and film recordings. In addition, the Woody Guthrie Center® was gifted the collections of Phil’s brother, Michael Ochs, and his sister, Sonny, in 2015 and 2018, respectively. Together these collections comprise more than 80 linear feet of archival materials related to the life of the folk singer and topical songwriter.


  • Sarah King, assistant professor of history, University of South Carolina Aiken (2021)
  • Madison Mae Williams, multidisciplinary artist and scholar, San Diego (2021)
  • Tom Bergan, elementary school teacher, Louisville (2021)
  • Christa Anne Bentley, assistant professor of musicology, Oklahoma City University (2019)
  • Norwood Andrews, independent scholar, Dallas (2019)
  • James R. Bowers, professor of political science and legal studies, St. John Fisher College, New York (2018)
  • Nancy Greco, instruction and archives librarian, St. John Fisher College, New York (2018) 


  • Researchers must demonstrate a thorough understanding of background materials by having consulted secondary source materials.
  • Project must lead to the creation of an original scholarly publication or product, e.g., book, article, or public work.
  • Project must be sufficiently extensive as to require a suggested minimum of two weeks of research in the archives.
  • If in doubt the researcher should contact the archivist prior to sending in a proposal to ensure the project is feasible.


Please upload the following materials as PDFs to the form below.

  • Professional resumé and/or curriculum vitae
  • Budget proposal,* including additional grants or funding already awarded
  • Project proposal, including the current status of the project, timeline, and project summary
  • Bibliography of previously researched secondary and primary resources

* Research expenses only. No applications will be accepted that promote artists or musical compositions using original lyrics found in the archival collections.

Phil Ochs Fellowship Application

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  • Please include details regarding your research request, including specifics on the final project, timeline, or questions.
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