Call for Applications in the Fulbright Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund Lecture Award 2021

Are you a pioneering dance researcher or practitioner with a focus on international exchange and impact? 

Then apply to Share your talent and research with the Fulbright community at our Virtual 44th Annual Conference.  

Application Deadline: August 30 2021

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Benefits

  • The Fund provides a dance researcher or practitioner the opportunity to present a major paper or interdisciplinary presentation, based on research or a body of accomplished work, at the Fulbright Association’s annual conference.

Eligibility

  • The competition is open to all dance researchers or practitioners in any field of dance.
  • Applicants may be residents of any country.
  • Lectures can be based on previously unpublished or published research, or on a body of accomplished work, though ideally this research or work would not have been presented at other conferences.
  • Selection will be based on the quality of your narrative, originality, the impact of your research/work on other disciplines and international perspectives, interaction with the audience during demonstration, appeal to a wider audience, and references.
  • The Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund provides an honorarium to the selected dance scholar.
  • The awardee must be able to virtually attend the Fulbright Association’s annual conference (October 20-22, 2021) and give his or her presentation on the date requested by the Association.

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Application Instructions

For consideration, all applications must include:

  • A cover letter, not to exceed one page in length, that briefly details your proposal.
  • A resume or C.V.
  • A narrative of no longer than ten double-spaced pages (3,750 word maximum) describing the research, scholarly work, or multi-dimensional presentation to be presented and its significance in advancing dance scholarship. The research or project must show a clear commitment to furthering international understanding through dance and must have already been completed by the time of application.
  • The narrative should include an assessment of the impact of your own Fulbright or other international exchange experience on your work in the field of dance, as well as how your dance research relates to international perspectives and the impact it has on other fields, cultures, and the world.
  • A presentation outline for a conference presentation of no longer than one hour’s length. The presentation plan must include a lecture of no longer than 20 minutes, a dance demonstration of 15- 20 minutes, and a question and answer session of 15-20 minutes. Please note that engaging the audience through interactive presentation is highly valued, and demonstrations that involve audience participation will be given higher consideration.
  • Two letters of reference from individuals well-acquainted with your work as a dance scholar/practitioner and presenter.
  • All applications for the 2021 Cohen Lecture must be received electronically by 5:00pm EST on August 30, 2021. Submissions can be e-mailed to conference@fulbright.org, with the subject line “Cohen Lecture Submission.” Only complete applications will be considered.

About the Fulbright Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund Lecture Award

Fulbright

The Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund for International Scholarship on Dance provides a dance researcher or practitioner the opportunity to present a major paper or interdisciplinary presentation, based on research or a body of accomplished work, at the Fulbright Association’s annual conference. The 2021 Cohen Lecturer will be selected based on guidelines developed by the late Dr. Selma Jeanne Cohen, dance historian and founding editor of the International Encyclopedia of Dance, whose generous endowment gift supports this lecture program. We encourage interdisciplinary dance scholars to apply.

Key Dates and Order of Program

  • Deadline for Application is August 30 2021.
  • Applications for the 2021 Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund Lecture will be accepted through August 30, and the awardee will be notified by September 15.

Past Winners

Past Honorees

  • 2020 Awardee: Janaki Patrik

Artistic Director, The Kathak Ensemble & Friends/CARAVAN, Inc.

  • 2019: Román Baca

Román Baca, a New Mexico native, is a classically trained ballet dancer and choreographer. In 2001, recognizing his desire to defend the defenseless, he took a hiatus from dance and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving as a machine-gunner and fire-team leader in Fallujah, Iraq during the Iraq War. Read more.

  • 2018: Jonathan Hollander

As a leading choreographer, a social activist, and an innovative professional providing opportunities to the underprivileged, Mr. Hollander’s work in using dance as a vehicle of intercultural exchange, human connection, and international opportunity has exemplified the mission of Fulbright. Read more.

  • 2017: Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis is the founder of MindLeaps, an international organization working in post-conflict countries, and a Security Fellow at the Truman National Security Project. A classically-trained ballet dancer and choreographer, she is a two-time Fulbright scholar and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University and a Master’s degree from American Military University.

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