Call for Applications

Are you a pioneering dance scholar with a focus on international exchange and impact? Share your talent and research with the Fulbright community at our 40th Annual Conference this November. Applications for the 2017 Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund Lecture were accepted through June 30, and the awardee will be notified by mid-August.

The Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund for International Scholarship on Dance enables a dance scholar to present a major paper on previously unpublished research at the Fulbright Association’s annual conference. The 2017 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.

About the Selma Jean Cohen Fund Scholarship

  • The competition is open to all dance scholars in any field of dance.
  • Applicants may be residents of any country.
  • Lectures must be based on previously unpublished research and cannot have been presented at other conferences.
  • Applications 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.
  • Selection will be based on the quality of your presentation plan, qualifications, dance demonstration, and references.
  • The Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund provides an honorarium, round-trip travel, and per diem to the selected dance scholar.
  • The awardee must be able to attend the Fulbright Association’s annual conference (November 4-7, 2017) and give his or her presentation on the date requested by the Association. The recipient will be expected to have his or her own health, travel, and other necessary insurance and documents in order.

Application Guidelines


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 or scholarly work to be presented and its significance in advancing dance scholarship.
  • 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 30 minutes, a dance demonstration of 10-15 minutes, and a question and answer session of 10-15 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 and presenter.
All applications for the 2017 Cohen Lecture must be received electronically by 5:00pm EST on June 30, 2017. Submissions can be e-mailed to, with the subject line “Cohen Lecture Submission.” Only complete applications will be considered.