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 Fellowship for the Study of Russia and Ballet is an opportunity for scholars working on projects at the intersection of Russia and ballet. 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 book, a ballet, a film, a digital lecture series or other work of their imagining related in some way to ballet.

This fellowship is awarded jointly by CBA and the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.

Fellowship Award Includes

$750 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.
  • Lead a seminar or lecture demonstration on your research area for the fellows cohort.
  • Attend events organized by The Center and the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, 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 2020 – May 2021).

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 Fall 2019, dates TBD.

Applicant Qualifications

  • Scholar or artist pursuing an original project related to ballet and its related arts and sciences
  • Applicants applying as scholars must have Ph.D.
  • Applicants must show exceptional promise and/or have demonstrated significant accomplishments in their field.
  • Ballet expertise not required.
  • Students are not eligible.
  • This fellowship is not open to collaborative applications.

Application Materials

  • An online application form
  • Curriculum Vitae, no longer than 4 pages
  • 2 work samples, no longer than 20 pages each. Please do not submit compilations.
  • 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.