“Virginia B. Toulmin was a passionate supporter of the performing arts and of equity and fairness for women. She believed in giving women equal opportunities to succeed, whatever their field or endeavor.  The foundation she created carries forth these values by supporting the careers of emerging female composers, playwrights, and choreographers, commissioning their works and supporting their budding careers. In our partnership with NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts we have found an ideal incubator for emerging female choreographers to learn, grow, and develop their art.”

– Alexander Sanger, Trustee, Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

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


  • Work at The Center for the majority of your residency.
    Attend events organized by the Center, which may include:

    • Weekly fellow seminars
    • Monthly Center events
    • Two performances
  • Lead a seminar on your research area / project. The scheduling of this seminar will be determined in conjunction with Center staff at the start of the residency.
  • Submit feedback on the CBA Fellowship as requested by Center staff.
  • 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 their own fellowship stipend

Application Components

  • An online application form
    • Curriculum Vitae or Resume: Please include publications and awards (up to 3 pages)
  • 2 work samples. You may upload documents or include URL links. Please do not submit compilations.
  • 2 letters of recommendation. You will be asked to provide the name and email for your referees. We will send each referee an email with instructions on how to submit a recommendation.
    • Ideal referees will be able to accurately speak to the applicant’s ability to achieve the goals set out in the project proposal. Referees should be briefed by the applicant on the project proposal and the applicant’s goals for a fellowship at The Center. Referees should also have an understanding of applicant’s career and contributions to the field.
  • All application materials must be in English.

“My time at The Center has been nothing but phenomenal for my exploration of Beckett’s philosophy. The opportunities provided by the Center have allowed me to explore and expand my project in ways I never thought possible. I encourage anyone interested in furthering their understanding and the discussion of ballet to get involved in some capacity—you’d be surprised what you will bring and gain from the experience.”

- Lisa Dawn -

Timeline & Key Dates

Aug 1, 2017
Application opens (Fall 2018-Spring 2019)
Aug 9, 2017
Information Session
Sept 13, 2017
Information Session
Oct 11, 2017
Information Session
Oct 18, 2017
Information Webinar
Nov 8, 2017
Information Session
Dec 1, 2017
Application closes
Mar 30, 2018
Applicants notified of review committee's decision
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