Fellowship Overview

The CBA Fellowship Program invites artists and scholars to The Center to develop self-directed projects that expand the way we think about ballet’s history, practice, and performance in the 21st century. Our fellows come from a multitude of disciplines and bring a breadth of experience to the residency. The drive that unites our fellows is an impulse to share their time, relationships, and expertise to enrich one another’s thinking and projects.

The Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance is a unique fellowship designed for women creators (e.g. choreographers, composers) that promotes broader gender equity in the field of dance. The program provides fellows with a stipend, access to studio and office space, an apartment in some cases and time away from daily life to focus on their specified project – a ballet, a score or other work of their imagining related in some way to ballet.

Fellowship Awards Include

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$2,500 per week

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Use of Center dance studio, offices, and conference rooms

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Housing, as needed and available

Round trip transportation to and from New York City

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J-1 visa facilitation


  • Work at The Center for the majority of your residency.
  • Lead a seminar or lecture demonstration on your research area for the fellows cohort.
  • Attend events organized by The Center, including:
    • Weekly fellow seminars
    • CBA public events
  • Submit feedback on the CBA Fellowship as requested by Center staff.
  • Fellows may request the amount of time that fits the scope of their project, as short as one month or as long as one academic year. The award duration varies by fellows’ needs and projects. The residency must occur during the NYU academic year (September 2019 – May 2020).
  • 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.


The Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance award duration varies by fellows’ needs and projects. The residency must occur during the NYU academic year (September 2019 – May 2020).

Information Sessions

If you are interested in learning more about the CBA Fellowship Program, we encourage you to join us at one of our in-person or online information sessions.

In-person information sessions at CBA will take place on August 8, September 18, October 9, and November 6. Webinar sessions will take place on October 4, November 15.

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Applicant Qualifications

  • Women creator (e.g. composer, choreographer) in the field of dance pursuing an original project related to ballet and its related arts and sciences
  • Applicants must show exceptional promise and/or have demonstrated significant accomplishments in their field.
  • Students are not eligible.

Application Materials

  • An online application form
  • Resume, no longer than 4 pages
  • 2 work samples. Videos and sound files should not be longer than 10 minutes long. Please do not submit compilations nor sizzle reels.
  • 2 letters of recommendation. You will be asked to provide the name and email for your referees. The application system 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.


Timeline and Key Dates

Aug 8, 2018
Information session (in-person)
Sept 18, 2018
Information session (in-person)
Oct 4, 2018
Information session (webinar)
Oct 9, 2018
Information session (in-person)
Nov 6, 2018
Information session (in-person)
Nov 15, 2018
Information session (webinar)
Dec 1, 2018 at 9:00am EST
Application closes
March 1, 2019
Applicants notified of decision