Fulbright Association invites applications for the Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund Lecture Award for Pioneering Dance Researchers in the USA for the 2022/23 academic session.

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.

Worth of Award

  • The Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund provides an honorarium to the selected dance scholar.


  • 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  • Lectures can be based on previously unpublished or published research, or on a body of accomplished work, though ideally this research or work would not have been presented at other conferences.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 the demonstration, appeal to a wider audience, and references.
  • The awardee must be able to virtually attend the Fulbright Association’s annual conference (October 6-9, 2022) and give his or her presentation on the date requested by the Association.

How to Apply

  • 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 presentations 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.

Submissions can be e-mailed to [email protected], with the subject line “Cohen Lecture Submission.” Only complete applications will be considered.


Deadline: All applications for the 2022 Cohen Lecture must be received electronically by 5:00 pm EST on July 1, 2022. 


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