Open Call for the 2023 Dance Research Fellowship

In 2024 the Martha Graham Dance Company begins their celebration for the 100th anniversary of the company, which was founded in 1926. An icon and a radical artist of catalyzing force, Martha Graham transformed the landscape of American dance in her seven decades long career during which she created 181 unique works.

The Jerome Robbins Dance Division, which houses the Martha Graham archive, invites applications from dance scholars and practitioners interested in exploring the legacy of Martha Graham and her choreography. We welcome both written and performative responses to research and, as the company looks ahead to a second century of dance making, we are excited to consider projects that place Graham’s canon in dialogue with the contemporary field. Fellows receive a $10,000 stipend, and the research period is July 1—December 31, 2023.

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

Dance Research Fellowship important dates

Application Deadline: May 15, 2023
Notification: June 10, 2023
Award Period: July 1, 2023—December 31, 2023

Application: A complete application consists of two parts: the application form and a project proposal (including an abbreviated C.V.). The project proposal must 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) that will be consulted during the desired dates of the fellowship period.

Successful applications will also include an in-depth explanation of how collections existing exclusively at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division are essential to the progress and completion of the research project. The proposal and C.V. should be no longer than five pages in length.

Completed applications should be submitted no later than May 15, 2023, through The New York Public Library’s Fellowship Portal, where applicants are invited to create an account and upload a C.V. and then apply for the Dance Research Fellowship specifically.

Previous Dance Research Fellows are not eligible to apply.

Fellowship Announcement: The awarding of the fellowships will be announced on June 10, 2023. 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, 2023 and December 31, 2023.  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: The symposium is presented in hybrid form. Each fellow will be required to participate in the in-person symposium on January 26, 2023, where they will deliver a presentation on the outcome of their research. Additionally, each fellow will also prerecord a version of their presentation for dissemination online.  Applications for practice-oriented research are welcomed; in these cases, the final presentation may take the form of a performance in lieu of a paper.

The 2023-24 Dance Research Fellowship and Symposium is generously supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


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