Education & Career

AES Educational Foundation

The Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation is dedicated to encouraging the entry of talented students into the profession of audio engineering. Since its establishment in 1984, the Foundation has awarded grants for graduate studies to hundreds of exceptional applicants, many of whom have gone on to prominent and successful careers in the profession. We offer two types of scholarships: The AESEF Graduate Studies Grants and the Mary Lea Simpson Memorial Scholarship for a Recording Engineering Student.


Graduate Studies Grants

All applicants are required to have met these criteria:

  • The successful completion of an undergraduate degree program (typically four years) at a recognized college or university
  • A demonstrated commitment to audio engineering (or a related field) as a career choice
  • Acceptance or a pending application for graduate studies leading to a masters or higher degree, or an internationally recognized equivalent
  • Be a member in good standing of the Audio Engineering Society (any membership grade qualifies)

Awards are made annually, in August, and a recipient may apply for one-time renewal after the successful completion of at least one year of graduate studies. Payment will be sent directly to the graduate school on behalf of the student's tuition account. Applications are accepted from students worldwide.

Completed applications and renewal requests will be accepted at the Foundation offices from March 15 through May 15.

Renewal grant applicants must complete the application form.

The request must be accompanied by three letters of recommendation, which attest to the applicant's satisfactory progress toward the degree.

Applications, recommendations and other materials must be typewritten or printed clearly. Elaborate presentations or CDs (which cannot be photocopied) will not be accepted.

After March 15, application forms may be accessed at


The Mary Lea Simpson Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship of full tuition for final year of studies, is being offered to an undergraduate student entering senior year at a North American college or university Audio Engineering/Recording Arts Program.

All applicants are required to have met these criteria:

  • Maintain a grade point average of 3.3 of 4 or better.
  • Applicant must show a proficiency in recording, mixing and/or mastering.
  • Be a member in good standing of the Audio Engineering Society.

Completed applications will be accepted from March 15 through June 1.

To all applicants: Three references are required; two from a major professor or academic advisor, and one from a non-educator – e.g., a distinguished professional in the field, etc.

Email may be used for informal communications but not for applications or letters of recommendation. Incomplete applications, late applications and applications for vocational training will not be considered or acknowledged.

After March 15, application forms may be accessed at


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