Dance Research Fellowship


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The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library is pleased to offer Research Fellowships to support scholars and practitioners engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research.  This initiative is made possible through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Estate of Louise Guthman and the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Dance Division and in honor of the occasion each of the former curators in our history - Genevieve Oswald, Madeleine Nichols, Michelle Potter and Jan Schmidt - was asked to nominate a collection for research. The final two selections were made by the current curator and staff of the Dance Division. The topics for the 2019 Dance Research Fellowship are:

The Genevieve Oswald Fellow - The Claire Holt Collection
The Madeleine Nichols Fellow - The AIDS Legacy Project
The Michelle Potter Fellow - The Khmer Project
The Jan Schmidt Fellow - The Dance Theatre Workshop Collection
The Dance Curator Fellow - The Selma Jeanne Cohen Collection
The Dance Division Fellow - The Dance Photography Files

Applicants may apply for one project only or may ask to be considered for multiple topics (you may check all topics that apply to you in the application form).

Fellowship stipends are $7,500 and the research period is July 1 - December 31, 2019.

Questions about the Dance Research Fellowships should be directed to the curatorial staff.  Find more detailed information about the research resources of The New York Public Library.

Eligibility:  Only US citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals who are US residents for tax purposes may apply. 

Dance Research Fellowship important dates

Application Deadline:  May 15, 2019

Notification:  June 15, 2019

Award Period:  July 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Application:  A complete application consists of three parts: the application form, a project proposal (including an abbreviated CV) and a professional letter of recommendation.  The project proposal is to include a general description or abstract of the research project, its title and format, and the applicant's contact details.  If the applicant selects multiple topics for consideration they may write an essay describing their academic and/or performative practice and preferred critical lens in lieu of a more specific proposal. Applicants should identify specific material(s) to be consulted during the desired dates of the fellowship period.  Successful applications will also include an in-depth explanation of how collections existing only at the New York Public Library are essential to the progress and completion of the research project.  The proposal and CV should be no longer than 5-pages in length.  

Completed applications should be submitted no later than May 15, 2019, through The New York Public Library's Fellowship Portal, where applicants are invited to create an account and upload a CV and then apply for the Dance Division Fellowships specifically.

Fellowship Announcement:  The awarding of the fellowships will be announced on June 15, 2019.  Fellowship recipients and their research projects will be acknowledged on The New York Public Library website and in Library publicity.

Residency:  Fellows must take up residency between July 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.  Fellows are not expected to be in continuous residence for the duration of the fellowship award period but must provide evidence of progress during mandatory check in points throughout the residency.

Fellowship Symposium:  Each fellow will be required to participate in a symposium on January 24, 2020 where they will deliver a presentation on the outcome of their research.  Applications for practice as research are welcomed so the final presentation may take the form of a performance in lieu of a paper.