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Dance Research Fellowship


The Jerome Robbins Dance Division 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 Dance Committee of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.

Merce Cunningham at Black Mountain College
Merce Cunningham at Black Mountain College, Image ID:  1619842

In honor of the centenary of Merce Cunningham in 2019, the focus of this fellowship cycle will be the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Records *MGZMD 196, the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Records Additions *MGZMD 351, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Choreographic Records *MGZMD 295, as well as the many resources related to Cunningham within the Library, such as the Division’s video and audio materials.  We are particularly interested in proposals that will uncover new aspects of Merce Cunningham’s legacy including, but not limited to, his post-2000 choreography, contextualization of his cultural contribution, the artwork and writing in his archive, as well as his overall contribution to dance.

Fellowship stipends are $7,500 and the research period is July 1 - December 31, 2018.

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 14, 2018

Notification:  June 15, 2018

Award Period:  July 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018

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.  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, and will highlight the impact of their research on the legacy of Cunningham.  The proposal and CV should be no longer than 5-pages in length.  

Completed applications should be submitted no later than May 14, 2018, 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, 2018.  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, 2018 and December 31, 2018.  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 in January 2019 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.