Funding Sources

Arts Council of England "Developing, sustaining, and promoting the arts in England" are the purposes of the Arts Council. Its beautifully designed Web site provides news and information pertinent to dance in England. An entire section gives details of funding available to all the arts, from the national lottery as well as from the Arts Council. Instructions for applying for funds are also provided.

Australian Research Council The role of the ARC is to advise the government on research funding and policy and, through its management of the National Competitive Grants Programme, to promote research for the benefit of the nation. Although five of the six categories in which it grants funds are in the sciences, the humanities and creative arts are not neglected. The ARC Web site give complete details of its activities.

Council for International Exchange of Scholars The CIES administers the Fulbright Scholar Program, which makes grants to U.S. faculty and professionals to go abroad to study and to scholars from other counties to come to the United States to study. Both grant programs include a category for theater and dance. The Web site gives details.

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) is a private, publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. The DAAD, with its head office in Bonn, promotes international academic relations through the exchange of students and faculty. Information on grants and scholarship programs, conferences, workshops, and DAAD sponsored faculty and German and European Studies Centers can be found on this website, as well links to a host of related organizations.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation The mission of the arts program of this foundation is to support performing artists with the creation and public performance of their work. To accomplish this mission, the foundation makes grants to dancers, dance companies, and dance organizations. The foundation works through three service organizations in order to support individual artists and artists' companies: the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the National Performance Network, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. Details are given in the foundation's Web site.

National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts NESTA is Britain's first national endowment, set up in 1998 with £200 million of lottery money. It provides funds to talented people working on creative projects in science, technology, and the arts. Its delightfully interactive Web site gives full details.

National Endowment for the Arts The NEA is the single largest grantor of funds to the arts in the United States. Its Web site provides an overview of its grant programs and gives information on its publications.

National Endowment for the Humanities The NEH, an independent U.S. agency, makes grants for projects in history, languages, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. Its Web site provides an overview of its grant programs and gives information on its publications.

Philanthropy News Network An online newsletter devoted to news about fund-raising and grant-making, intended "to help people understand, support, and work in the nonprofit world."

Save as: Dance A national partnership funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts to advance the ability of dance artists and dance communities to document and preserve their work and traditions. The partners are the National Initiative to Preserve America's Dance (NIPAD) and the UCLA Dance/Media Project. The Web site offers an extensive set of dance links, organized by category, including Arts Funding Resources.

Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds Founded in 1987 as the Dewitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, the Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund now operates under a common goal: "enriching community life through the support of education, arts, and culture." The fund's Web site contains listings of past and present grant recipients, along with evaluations of these programs, reports and articles about the fund, links to related sources, and a form to contact the fund.

SDHS publications

Studies in Dance History SDHS’s monograph series, published by University of Wisconsin Press, answers a growing demand for works that provide fresh analytical perspectives on dancing, dancers, and dances in a global context. Read more...

[cover of 2012 Conversations] Issued yearly in early spring generally, Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies reflects the dynamic and diverse membership of SDHS. We seek to bring you themes and debates current in the field of dance studies and the profession, alongside news from the international community of scholars in dance and related disciplines. Read more...


Conference 2014: Writing Dancing/Dancing Writing
A Joint Conference of The Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) and The Congress on Research in Dance (CORD)
13–16 November 2014
Hosted by the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa

Conference 2015 will be held in Athens, Greece. Dates and other details will be available later this Spring.


The SDHS Board of Directors election takes place during the final two weeks of February. All SDHS members may vote. Please log in and then click here to view candidates’ biographies. Ballots will be available beginning on Feb. 15.

SDHS announces the November 2013 awards, including de la Torre Bueno Prize® Special Citations.

Proceedings of the 2013 joint NOFOD/SDHS conference are now available.

Proceedings of the Special Topics Conference 2013: “Sacre Celebration: Revisiting, Reflecting, Revisioning” are now available.

Call for proposals for contributions to Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies: Network of Pointes (Guest Editors: Drs. Kathrina Farrugia and Jill Nunes Jensen). Note that the deadline has been extended to May 15, 2014.

Updated 3 April: Conference announcements and calls for papers

Updated 3 April: Job postings and opportunities for students

Updated 24 February: News and announcements from SDHS members: “The American Society for Theatre Research is now seeking nominations for the Biennial Sally Banes Publication Prize....”

SDHS endorses MLA statement on learning another language

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