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Education | Scholarships & Fellowships

Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship


Apply today for the fellowship for emerging choreographers

Application deadline: Mar 11, 2022 at 11:59PM EST


Part of Scholarships & Fellowships

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is proud to announce the call for its annual fellowship established in 2015, in honor of Baba Chuck Davis' tenure as Founding Artistic Director of DanceAfrica. The fellowship was temporarily paused in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID pandemic.

This unique opportunity is open to emerging choreographers, offering them a chance to travel to the African Continent and study with one or more cultural knowledge specialists in African dance, in accordance with the awardee's project proposal. The fellowship offers up to $10,000 in funding for travel, accommodations, instruction, and research expenses. Please note: fellowship awardees’ project/first disbursement of funds will be cleared once COVID-related restrictions and guidelines permit for safe international travel. This could result in necessary adjustments to project timelines and activities, travel schedule(s)/ destination(s), and/or project budget in accordance with COVID protocols established and maintained by national and international governments for public health and safety.

Applicants must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents and are required to submit an artistic resume, a letter of intent specifying the proposed area of research and country, and a detailed proposal, including key artistic personnel and organizations in the region of travel, a timeline of activities, and budget.

The Fellowship selection committee will be comprised of various members of DanceAfrica and BAM's artistic teams as well as leaders in the field of dance. Applicants will be notified in May and the Fellowship recipient will be recognized at BAM's annual DanceAfrica Festival.

The proposed project should take place within the period of June 1, 2022 - April 30, 2023. Awardees are expected to document all aspects of the project, including travel, artistic progress and process, and share the fruits of their work (in the form of a lecture/ demonstration, showing, workshop, or other mode of expression to be determined) with the BAM community the weekend of May 26, 2023.

For additional information, contact Mecca Madyun at 718.724.8122 or

The Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship is made possible by The SHS Foundation

About Our Programs

DanceAfrica is a vibrant annual celebration of African and African-American dance, music, and culture, featuring performances, master classes, a film series, a dance party, and the one-and-only DanceAfrica bazaar.