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Tufts Dance Program Innovation Fund

Established in 2014, The Tufts Dance Program Innovation Fund (TDPIF) supports innovation and risk-taking by the Tufts Dance Program, its faculty, and undergraduate students beyond the confines of mainstream dance studies in areas such as non-Western and emerging dance forms, creative process, choreography and performance, and cross-disciplinary research. The fund aims to provide underclassmen (non-seniors) with the ability to participate in innovative projects and learning opportunities, and dance faculty who are exploring and cultivating new areas of artistic work and scholarship.

Student Eligibility: Freshmen through first semester juniors are eligible to apply for funding to support projects taking place during their freshmen spring, sophomore or junior year. (Projects scheduled to take place during a student's senior year are not eligible). Students awarded TDPIF grants receive mentorship for their projects from full-time Tufts Dance Program faculty members either through independently arranged meetings and discussions, or through registering for DNC 191 or 192 as an independent study course, depending upon the scope of the project.

Faculty Eligibility: Current full- or part-time faculty who are scheduled to be employed and active at Tufts either during and/or after the period of the grant are eligible to apply. Faculty proposals that have a clear connection to student and program development will be given priority.

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For further information about the Tufts Dance Program Innovation Fund or Dance at Tufts, contact Dance Innovation Fund Co-Directors:
Renata Celichowska and Daniel McCusker.