Dance Research Fellowship

Dance Research Fellowship: Mikhail Baryshnikov

Applications for the 2024 Dance Research Fellowship are now open.

a dancer spreads his armsThe most celebrated dancer of his generation, Mikhail Baryshnikov is a multifaceted artist who has created, curated and performed in works across various disciplines. His career has intersected with some of the most influential figures in dance including Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Jerome Robbins, David Gordon, Mark Morris and Twyla Tharp.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Baryshnikov’s arrival in the USA. In celebration of that milestone the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the Library for the Performing Arts, which houses the Mikhail Baryshnikov archive, invites applications from dance scholars and practitioners interested in exploring the legacy of Baryshnikov. 

We welcome both written and performative responses to research. Fellows receive a $10,000 stipend, dedicated support to work with a dance librarian as they work in the archive, and an opportunity to present their projects at our annual Dance Symposium in January 2025.The research period is July 1–December 31, 2024.

Applications should be submitted through the New York Public Library’s fellowship portal. A complete application consists of two parts: the application form and a project proposal (including an abbreviated CV).  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 explanation of how collections existing only at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division are essential to the progress and completion of the research project. The proposal and CV should be no longer than 5-pages in length.  

Deadline: May 15, 2024.

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Previous Dance Research Fellows are not eligible to apply.

The 2024-25 Dance Research Fellows will present their projects on Mikhail Baryshnikov at our annual Dance Symposium on January 31, 2025.