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The Nadia and Nicholas Nahumck Fellowship
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Purpose: To help support research on a dance-related subject and its subsequent publication.

Eligibility: Established scholars, recent Ph.D.s or Ph.D. candidates who have completed all degree program requirements except dissertation research. Preference will be given to applicants planning to enhance their research findings with movement notations such as Labanotation and/or with digital media such as photographs, video, or web-based formats.

Prize: $4,000 research fellowship and $1,000 award for publication.

Regularity: Awarded biennially, or as frequently as allowed by investment returns. Will be offered in 2016.

Administration: The fellowship and award are administered by a Chair and two additional committee members, appointed by the SEM President. The Chair will be responsible for monitoring the number of applicants and will encourage further applications when the number is insufficient according to the committee's judgment. Committee members are not eligible to apply for the fellowship and award during their tenure on the committee. The fellowship and award may be withheld by decision of the committee.

Application Process:

A completed application consists of:
  1. Research proposal, typed, not to exceed four single-spaced pages (including references).
  2. Proposed budget
  3. Current curriculum vitae
  4. Names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of two references
  5. Letter from the Graduate Program Advisor verifying completion of all program degree requirements except dissertation, if applicant is has not completed the doctorate.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2016.

Send Application To: Send email with attachments to sem@indiana.edu. Address email to Chair, Nadia and Nicholas Nahumck Fellowship Committee, Society for Ethnomusicology.




Hartman, Elizabeth. "Hearing the Dance: An Ethnographic and Ethnomusicological Study of Stripping in the Midwestern US."

(Honorable Mention) Dueck, Jonathan. "Performing Basketball: Sport as Expressive Culture."

(Honorable Mention) Henderson, Clara. "The Danced Spirituality of Women’s Guildsin Southern Malawi: An Online Scholarly Publication of Annotated Field Video Recordings."


Viddal, Grete. "Vodú Chic: Danced Identity in Eastern Cuba.”


Avci, Mustafa. "Köçeks: Male Belly Dancers in Turkey."


Hutchinson, Sydney. "Meaningful movements: Gender, politics, and collective memory in Dominican carnival."


Meintjes, Louise. "Dust of the Zulu: Performing Manhood in the Post-Apartheid Struggle."


Bosse, Joanna  L. "Limited by Prosperity: The Appeal and Problem of the "Exotic" in Ballroom Dance and Music."

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