Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers

The Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers is designed to support the work of and broaden the opportunities available to women in the world of ballet. The fellowship is open to emerging and mid-career female choreographers interested in pursuing a project in support of the Center’s mission of generating new ideas and new ballets, bringing vitality to ballet’s history, practice and performance in the 21st century.

The Virginia B. Toulmin Fellow is in residence for four months in either the fall or spring academic semesters.

Fellowship awards include:

  • A stipend of $35,000
  • 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.
  • If an applicant is not offered the Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship, her application will automatically be placed into consideration for a Resident Fellowship.

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