Resident Fellowship


The Resident Fellowship program is open to scholars and artists from the fields of ballet and its related arts and sciences to pursue their own scholarly and/or artistic projects. We welcome projects from all academic and artistic disciplines that share in the Center’s mission of inspiring new ideas and new ballets, expanding the way we think about ballet and bringing vitality to its history, practice and performance in the 21st century.

Fellows work alone or in collaboration. Each project receives one fellowship stipend. Housing is based upon need and availability.

Fellowships are open to scholars and artists interested in pursuing original projects. There is no age requirement. The Center aims for a mix of fellows who are both emerging and established. Applicants must have exceptional promise and/or have demonstrated significant accomplishments in their field. Applicants applying as scholars must have a PhD or appropriate terminal degree. Students are not eligible for Resident Fellowships.

Fellows are in residence for 1 to 4 months in either the fall or spring academic semesters.

Fellowship awards include:

  • A monthly stipend of $3000, prorated to actual dates of residency
  • Use of Center office space, studio and conference rooms
  • For non-NYC fellows, housing in NYU faculty housing
  • For non-NYC fellows, round-trip transportation to NYC
  • For international fellows, facilitation of J-1 visa (sponsored by NYU); including reimbursement for visa costs

The Fellow is expected to:

  • Work at the Center for the majority of their residency.
  • Attend events organized by the Center, which may include:
    • Weekly Fellows’ presentations
    • Monthly Center events
    • Two performances
  • Lead a presentation on their research area / project, if valuable to their work. The scheduling of this seminar or lecture/demonstration will be determined in conjunction with the Center staff at the start of the residency.
  • Submit feedback on the fellows program as requested by the 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.

Online application components:

  • An 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.
  • 3 letters of recommendation, 2 required and 1 optional letter 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 your career and your contributions to the field.
  • All application materials must be in English.

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