African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Visiting Performing Artist/Research Fellowship for Spring 2012

Thu, August 4, 2011

Application Deadline: August 31, 2011

The African and African Diaspora Studies Department (AADS) at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce a one-semester Visiting Artist/Research Fellowship in the performing African and African Diaspora arts.

About the Fellowship

The fellowship is open to emergent and established artists who would benefit from the artistic and intellectual environment offered by AADS. This appointment is for the spring semester of the 2011-2012 academic year (January 16, 2012 – May 31, 2012) and carries a stipend of $25,000 plus fringe benefits. The fellow is obligated to be in residence in Austin during the entire spring semester. The fellow will receive a moving allowance and will have some limited access to shared office space, shared space that canbe used as rehearsal/studio space, and shared logistical office support.

Depending upon the successful applicant’s field, efforts will be made to pair the artist with an appropriate senior faculty mentor affiliated with AADS. The fellow will pursue his/her own artistic work, teach one undergraduate course in his/her area of specialty, give a public performance/presentation, and submit a report on the activities at the end of the term to the AADS Chair.

Artists working in the following fields are encouraged to apply:


  •  traditional and experimental theatre forms, including performance art, theatre for social change, spoken word, and performance poetry of Africa and/or the African Diaspora;
  •  traditional and contemporary music, including voice and instrumental performance of Africa and/or the African Diaspora;
  • traditional and contemporary forms of dance/choreography, including dance and dance theater of Africa and/or the African Diaspora.


Terminal degree in field or equivalent experience is preferred.

Completed applications must include:


  •  Cover letter 
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Project proposal: No more than three (3) double-spaced pages describing the artist’s work and discussing specific plans for the fellowship semester
  • Three (3) letters of reference


Applications must be submitted as e-documents to:

Questions regarding the AADS Visiting Performing Artist/Research Fellowship can be directed to Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Associate Professor of AADS,

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