Learn more about the Lola Projects Graduate Award in Special Collections

SFU Library Special Collections & Rare Books is pleased to announce a new endowment: the Lola Projects Graduate Award in Special Collections. This award provides financial support to graduate students of any academic discipline who show evidence of scholarly interest or creative achievement related to dance, choreography or movement-related holdings at Simon Fraser University Special Collections & Rare Books. 

About Lola MacLaughlin

The endowment was established to recognize Lola MacLaughlin, renowned experimental and interdisciplinary dancer and choreographer, and founder and artistic director EDAM (Experimental Dance and Music) and Lola Dance. MacLaughlin received a BA in Modern Dance from SFU in 1981 and was a thoughtful, inventive fixture in the Vancouver arts community.

MacLaughlin’s choreography was informed and influenced by a profound sense of place, and a deep reverence and respect for the natural world, its patterns and logic. At the same time, she was a keen observer of the human condition and with humour, wit, melancholy, elegance, and intelligence; she explored both the universal and the familiar – the wider questions of all of existence and everyday moments. She was a deeply compassionate artist with a strong sense of conscience. She approached her creative work holistically by considering both the visual and emotional whole and by making her art work total (Gesamtkunstwerk). She regularly worked collaboratively with music composers, visual artists, poets, videographers, stage managers, set and lighting designers, sound artists, costume designers and, of course, her beloved dancers. While she had the remarkable ability to think broadly and largely, she was acclaimed for her incisive and highly professional attention to detail and excellence. 


One or more awards, valued at a minimum of $2,000 each, will be granted annually in the fall to students who fulfill the following criteria:

  1. are enrolled full-time in a graduate program in the term of eligibility;
  2. have demonstrated academic achievement in the most recent degree program completed; and
  3. have demonstrated scholarly or creative interests in the Simon Fraser University Special Collections dance and/or choreography-related materials.

This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.

How to apply

Applications for the award will be made to the Library, and must be accompanied by:

  1. copies of post-secondary transcripts;
  2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work; and
  3. a one-page essay (500 words or less) from the applicant that outlines their research and its relevance to an archival dance/choreography/movement-related collection at Simon Fraser University (SCRB).

The award is granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination by the Dean of Libraries and the Head of Special Collections & Rare Books or their designate.

Apply by June 30.  Award will be disbursed in fall term.  

Packages should be sent via email to library@sfu.ca.

June 30
Contact for further information
Melissa Salrin, Head, Special Collections and Rare Books. Email: msalrin@sfu.ca