Fellowship Overview

The Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance is a unique fellowship designed for women choreographers and composers that promotes broader gender equity in the field of dance. These fellows work on projects that expand the way we think about the history, practice, and performance of dance. There is no expectation of a finished product. CBA Fellows are encouraged to ask questions and take risks. They gain colleagues they would not otherwise encounter. These engagements between artists and scholars, two communities that do not often intersect, strengthen and deepen the work of both.

Fellows are not required to be experts in dance but must have an interest in engaging with the art form. We accept and encourage projects that explore many forms of dance and its related arts.  Please visit our Fellows page to learn about projects CBA has supported.

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 CBA for the majority of your residency.
  • Present your work to current and alumni fellows.
  • Attend CBA events, including weekly fellow seminars and CBA’s public programs.
  • Be willing to give and receive feedback, collaborate, and otherwise engage with your fellows cohort.
  • Submit feedback on your fellowship as requested.
  • 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 his or her own fellowship.


The residency must occur during the NYU academic year (September 2020 – May 2021).

Award durations vary by fellow and project needs. Applicants may request the amount of time that fits the project scope, between one month to one academic year.


  • Artist pursuing an original project related to dance and/or its related arts and sciences.
  • Applicants must show exceptional promise and/or have demonstrated significant accomplishments in their field.
  • Dance expertise is not required.
  • Students (as of September 2020) are not eligible.
  • NYU faculty are welcome and encouraged to apply. Payment structure may vary based on faculty appointment and school.
  • The CBA Fellowship Program does not support:
    • Projects in arts administration 
    • Projects focused on the applicant’s personal memoir or autobiography
    • Projects involving giving dance classes as part of the research plan
    • Projects reviewing prior work, such as:
      • editing, digitizing, or organizing archives 
      • editing films or book anthologies


Application Materials

The application should reflect the applicant’s genuine aspirations and expertise. We expect scholars and artists to each demonstrate different strengths that are reflective of their training. Project proposals are not required to involve both scholarly and artistic inquiry. Successful proposals will focus on the project’s essential research questions.

All materials must be submitted through the Apply platform by November 1, 2019 at 5:00pm EST. All materials must be in English.

Components include:

  • Online application form
    • Biographical details (including a 200-word bio)
    • Preferred residency dates
    • Brief project description (100 words) that explains how the project aligns with CBA’s mission
    • Project proposal (1200 words) that clearly and efficiently states: 
      • What the project is
      • Why the project matters to the field of dance (what challenges or gaps does it address?)
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume (up to 4 pages)
  • Two (2) work samples that best represent the applicant’s work 
    • Documents may be up to 20 pages
    • Videos may be up to 10 minutes
    • Accepted formats: AVI, JPEG, MP3, MP4, PDF, Vimeo or YouTube link, WAV
    • We do not accept compilations or sizzle reels
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
    • Ideal referees will address the applicant’s scholarly or artistic promise and their ability to  contribute to the diverse NYU community.
    • Referees may not be a collaborator that the applicant lists in the project proposal

Information Sessions

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

Information sessions are for the applicant’s benefit only 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

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 5:00pm EST
Fellowship application closes
March 2020
Applicants notified of decision