Susan McClary and Robert Walser Establish Fellowship with American Council of Learned Societies

Professors Robert Walser and Susan McClary

Endowment Gift of $1.6 Million Establishes Annual Award

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the establishment of the Susan McClary and Robert Walser Fellowship in Music Studies. The couple has endowed the fellowship with a $1.6 million gift that is partly a bequest and partly an outright contribution. ACLS will begin naming McClary-Walser/ACLS Fellows in 2018.

“We are enormously grateful to Susan and Rob for this generous contribution, which represents many firsts for ACLS.” said Pauline Yu, ACLS president. “It creates the first fellowship devoted to the study of music. Further, it is both the first seven-figure gift from individual donors and the first seven-figure bequest in our history.”

“We are delighted that the McClary-Walser Fellowship will support both emerging and established researchers in music studies for generations to come,” wrote Professors McClary and Walser. “We know that ACLS’s rigorous peer-review process will help assure that the fellowship supports the most promising and innovative scholarship of the future, as identified by the leading scholars of the day.”

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