Awards Program

Dedicated to Identifying and Nurturing Emerging Artists in Theater, Dance, and Film

The Princess Grace Awards identifies and nurtures emerging artistic excellence. Scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships give artists, who are at outset of their careers or early stages of professional development, the financial assistance and encouragement to focus on artistic excellence.

Artists are nominated by non-profit 501 (c)(3) schools or organizations; nominators may only submit 1 candidate per category (i.e., scholarship, apprenticeship, fellowship). Nominating organizations whose artists are selected to receive Princess Grace Awards receive a modest grant in addition to the Princess Grace Award grant funds.

COVID-19 UPDATE

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is happy to work with all artists and nominators during this time to ensure they can complete their applications. Please see below for the following updates:

 

The 2020 Theater application deadline has been extended to April 15, 2020. If you are still not able to complete your application during this time, please contact Program Director, Diana Kemppainen.

 

 

For Dance: Performance, Choreography, Film and Animation applicants: If the impact of COVID-19 affected your ability to complete the application, please contact Program Director, Diana Kemppainen, to discuss an extension.

Am I Eligible to Apply

    • All nominees must be U.S. citizens or have obtained permanent residency status (i.e., Greencard).
    • All nominees (except playwrights, who may apply individually through New Dramatists), must be nominated by a school department chair/dean or company artistic director.
    • Self-nominations are not allowed.
    • The nominating organization must be a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
    • Scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships must be completed in the United States.
    • The next available grant period for all Princess Grace Awards is September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021.

How Are Award Winners Chosen

The Princess Grace Awards identifies and nurtures emerging artists. Primary consideration is given to artistic excellence and evaluation of an artist’s potential to make an impact on the field.

Award winners are selected annually by panels of experts in each field. Panelists review the applications’ written material in advance of coming together to view visual materials and discuss nominees. Each panelist brings their own experience and aesthetic to the table and decisions are made by panel consensus. Panelists rotate yearly and are selected by the Discipline Chairs of Theater, Dance and Film based on their knowledge and experience in each field. Learn more about the Arts Advisory Board, Discipline Chairs and panel process here.

SELECT YOUR DISCIPLINE

Playwriting

PLAYWRITING – APPLICATION WINDOW: FEBRUARY 15, 2020 – MARCH 15, 2020

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE JANUARY 2020

One fellowship is offered annually to an individual playwright, including residency at New Dramatists and opportunity for winning play to be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc.

Playwriting Guidelines

Theater

THEATER – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 15

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE JANUARY 2020

Scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships are available through a nomination process for individuals affiliated with non-profit schools and theater companies. Nominations for theater grants are invited from the artistic directors of theater companies and deans or department chairs of professional schools in theater. Grants are awarded to actors, directors, and costume, set, sound, projection, and lighting designers.

Please note, grants are not currently available for composers, lyricists, dramaturgs, managers, music directors, or producers/producing directors; self-nominations by an artist are not accepted; and an organization or school may submit only one nominee per category (scholarship, apprenticeship or fellowship outlined in the guidelines).

Theater Guidelines

Dance

DANCE PERFORMANCE – DUE APRIL 30, 2020
APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE JANUARY 2020

Scholarships and fellowships are available through a nomination process for individuals affiliated with non-profit schools and dance companies. Nominations for dance performance grants are invited from the artistic directors of dance companies and deans or department chairs of professional schools in dance.

Dance Performance Guidelines

Choreography

CHOREOGRAPHY – DUE APRIL 30, 2020
APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE JANUARY 2020

Fellowships are available through a nomination process for individuals affiliated with non-profit dance companies or organizations. Nominations for choreography fellowships are invited from the artistic directors of professional dance companies and directors of organizations/festivals hosting residencies for emerging choreographers that culminate in a public performance. University residencies are not eligible.

Please note, a company/festival may submit only one nominee; self-nominations by an artist are not accepted; and an organization may submit only one nominee as outlined in the guidelines.

Choreography Guidelines

Film

FILM – DUE JUNE 1, 2020
APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE JANUARY 2020

Scholarships and fellowships are available through a nomination process for students enrolled in university undergraduate or graduate film programs or affiliated with a non-profit media arts center. Nominations for film grants are invited from deans or department chairs of approved film programs or executive directors/artistic directors of media arts centers.

Please note, a school may only submit one undergraduate and one graduate student for a Film Scholarship, separately from (and in addition to) the Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship.

Film Guidelines

Animation

ANIMATION  – DUE JUNE 1, 2020
APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE JANUARY 2020

New in 2018, PGF-USA is pleased to offer the Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship* available through a nomination process for students enrolled in university undergraduate or graduate animation programs. Nominations for the Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship are invited from deans or department chairs of approved animation programs.

 

Schools invited to apply may nominate one undergraduate and one graduate student for a Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship separately from (and in addition to) the Princess Grace Film Scholarship.

 

*The scholarship was graciously endowed by Princess Grace Award winner, Stephen Hillenburg and his wife Karen.

 

Animation Guidelines

How Do I Get Started?

Applications are accepted via the Princess Grace Foundation-USA’s online application module. Applications for 2020 will be available in January 2020.