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

$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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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

Join CBA staff for a discussion about the CBA Fellowship Program in one of our webinars or in-person information sessions. Registrants will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance about the program and application. Information sessions are for the applicant’s benefit and have no bearing on the review committee’s decisions.

RSVP for in-person sessions:
Thursday, September 12 at 6:00 – 7:00pm EST
Tuesday, October 15 at 6:00 – 7:00pm EST

RSVP for webinars:
Wednesday, October 2 at 9:00 – 10:00am EST
Wednesday, October 30 at 9:00 – 10:00am EST

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.


Key Dates

Sept 1, 2019 at 9:00am EST
Fellowship application opens
Sept 12, 2019
Information session (in person)
Oct 2, 2019
Information session (online)
Oct 15, 2019
Information session (in person)
Oct 30, 2019
Information session (online)
Nov 1, 2019 at 11:55pm EST
Fellowship application closes
March 2020
Applicants notified of decision