NYU-CBA Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship 2020-2021 for Women Leaders in Dance (Fully-funded)

NYU-CBA Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship 2020-2021 for Women Leaders in Dance (Fully-funded)

Deadline: November 1, 2019

Applications for the NYU-CBA Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship 2020-2021 for Women Leaders in Dance are now open. The Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance is a unique fellowship designed for women choreographers and composers that promotes broader gender equity in the field of dance.

These fellows work on projects that expand the way we think about the history, practice, and performance of dance. There is no expectation of a finished product. CBA Fellows are encouraged to ask questions and take risks. They gain colleagues they would not otherwise encounter. These engagements between artists and scholars, two communities that do not often intersect, strengthen and deepen the work of both.

The residency must occur during the NYU academic year (September 2020 – May 2021). Award durations vary by fellow and project needs. Applicants may request the amount of time that fits the project scope, between one month to one academic year.


Fellowship awards include:

  • $2,500 per week
  • Use of Center dance studio, offices, and conference rooms
  • Housing, as needed and available
  • Round trip transportation to and from New York City
  • J-1 visa facilitation


  • Open to artist pursuing an original project related to dance and/or its related arts and sciences.
  • Applicants must show exceptional promise and/or have demonstrated significant accomplishments in their field.
  • Dance expertise is not required.
  • Students (as of September 2020) are not eligible.
  • The CBA Fellowship Program does not support:
    • Projects in arts administration
    • Projects focused on the applicant’s personal memoir or autobiography
    • Projects involving giving dance classes as part of the research plan
    • Projects reviewing prior work, such as:
      • editing, digitizing, or organizing archives
      • editing films or book anthologies


  • Work at CBA for the majority of your residency.
  • Present your work to current and alumni fellows.
  • Attend CBA events, including weekly fellow seminars and CBA’s public programs.
  • Be willing to give and receive feedback, collaborate, and otherwise engage with your fellows cohort.
  • Submit feedback on your fellowship as requested.
  • Note: At this time, The Center cannot commit to additional funding for collaborators. If a fellow decides to work with collaborators (e.g. designers, musicians, dancers, etc.), the fellow is expected to pay those collaborators out of his or her own fellowship.


The application should reflect the applicant’s genuine aspirations and expertise. They expect scholars and artists to each demonstrate different strengths that are reflective of their training. Project proposals are not required to involve both scholarly and artistic inquiry. Successful proposals will focus on the project’s essential research questions.

All materials must be submitted through the online platform by November 1, 2019 at 5:00pm EST. All materials must be in English.

Components include:

  • Online application form
    • Biographical details (including a 200-word bio)
    • Preferred residency dates
    • Brief project description (100 words) that explains how the project aligns with CBA’s mission
    • Project proposal (1200 words) that clearly and efficiently states:
      • What the project is
      • Why the project matters to the field of dance (what challenges or gaps does it address?)
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume (up to 4 pages)
  • Two (2) work samples that best represent the applicant’s work
    • Documents may be up to 20 pages
    • Videos may be up to 10 minutes
    • Accepted formats: AVI, JPEG, MP3, MP4, PDF, Vimeo or YouTube link, WAV
    • They do not accept compilations or sizzle reels
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
    • Ideal referees will address the applicant’s scholarly or artistic promise and their ability to  contribute to the diverse NYU community.
    • Referees may not be a collaborator that the applicant lists in the project proposal

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For more information, visit Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship.