Due to the impact of COVID-19 the 2020 Princess Grace Awards program has been suspended for this year. We look forward to resuming our Awards program and celebrating excellence in emerging artists in theater, dance, and film in 2021. Should you have questions please contact Program Director, Diana Kemppainen.


The Princess Grace Awards seek to discover emerging dancers and nurture their artistic pursuits throughout their careers. Princess Grace Film Awards are available to emerging dance performers; performers at the outset of their careers or early stages of professional development.

    • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have obtained permanent residency status.
    • Applicants must be nominated by a school department chair/dean or company artistic director.
    • Self-nominations are not allowed.
    • Scholarships and fellowships must be completed in the United States.
    • The nominating organization must be a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
    • Professional non-profit dance companies must meet the following requirements:
      • Employ professional management staff
      • Be in continuous operation as an independent 501(c)(3) company
      • Have a total of 10 weeks of rehearsal and performance per year
      • Have demonstrated the ability to raise public and private funds

SCHOLARSHIPS are awarded to a promising student for tuition toward professional training at a non-profit school with dance as a focused discipline located in the United States. Students must have been a dance major at the school for at least one year. Please note, grants are based on tuition costs only; no other expenses (i.e. room and board, materials, books, costumes, etc.) may be included. Students enrolled in dance education or graduate programs are not eligible for scholarships.

FELLOWSHIPS are awarded for salary assistance for a new, full-time artistic employee (not an apprentice) of a non-profit dance company. At the time of nomination, the nominee must have been under company contract for at least one season (i.e., start date September 1, 2019) and not under contract for more than five years (i.e., first contract began September 1, 2015). Note: Princess Grace Awards are for emerging artists, or artists at the outset of their career’s. In its evaluation of “emerging,” the Dance Panel considers the aggregate of the dancer’s professional experience, not just the length of current employment with the dance company.


Princess Grace Award Dance Performance grants average between $15,000-$30,000.


The Princess Grace Awards is interested in identifying and nurturing emerging dance performers. Primary consideration is given to artistic excellence and evaluation of the dancer’s potential to make an impact on the field. Princess Grace Awards are for emerging artists, or artists at the outset of their careers. In its evaluation of “emerging” particularly in the Fellowship category, the Dance Panel considers the aggregate of the dancer’s professional resume, not just their current employment period with the nominating company.


Required from Nominee

    • Completed online application
    • Resume of nominee with dates of training and any professional employment
    • Personal Statement: Please write a personal statement addressing the category for which you are applying. Not to exceed one page; minimum font: 12pt; 1” margins .
      • Scholarships: Write a statement describing what distinguishes you as a dance artist, and how the attribute or skill connects to your artistic, creative, or leadership aspirations in the dance world.
      • Fellowships: Describe your artistic mission or purpose, and how your goal in artistry, creative endeavors, or leadership might enhance the art form or dance industry.
    • Work samples: These samples are 2-3 solos featuring different choreographers, and representative of the past two years. Choose work that showcases the nominee’s range of artistry, skill and technique. Choose samples showcasing the nominee’s scope of craft, artistry, skill, and technique. Work samples may be submitted via links such as Vimeo or YouTube. Submitted materials become the property of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.
    • High res photo (300 dpi) of nominee suitable for publicity


Required from Nominator:

    • Nominator’s recommendation: Please state why you consider this candidate outstanding and deserving of a Princess Grace Award, and how the candidate demonstrates their excellence and future promise to advance the field. Not to exceed one page; minimum font 12pt; 1″ margins.
    • Grant Request Verification :
      • Tuition Verification (Scholarships only): Please provide verification of tuition from the bursar’s office for the 2020-2021 school year, exclusive of room and board, living expenses, etc.
      • Salary Verification (Apprenticeships and Fellowships): Please provide a letter on company stationery verifying the requested grant amount for the applicant. The request amount is for the salary/artistic fee only, exclusive of benefits. Please explain your reasoning for the requested amount.
    • Scholarships Only: Schools should submit the following documents:
      • Description of program offerings
      • List of faculty
      • Copy of IRS determination letter certifying 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status
    • Fellowships Only: Professional Non-Profit Dance companies should submit the following documents:
      • Most recent financial and/or annual report
      • Copy of IRS determination letter certifying 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status
      • List of artistic and administrative staff, board of directors/trustees, and company members
      • Company description/mission statement


    • Please make sure the link submitted is live and accessible by April 30, 2020 through July 31, 2020. We strongly recommend that that live streaming links be secure and the password provided to the Princess Grace Foundation-USA with passwords.
    • The total length of the work samples cannot exceed 10 minutes. Samples longer than 10 minutes will not be viewed.
    • One solo must be performed in a dance studio without costume (no living spaces, please).
    • One solo must be performed with costume. (Please make sure to frame the nominee clearly. The costume should not obscure the body.)
    • One sample must feature a performance solo where the applicant is clearly identifiable and visible throughout the performance. Note: footage from the back of the house where nominee is not clearly visible will NOT be considered.
    • Do not submit view media-enhanced, highly edited, or promotional-type submissions. Please do not use works edited with jumpcuts, dissolves, etc.
    • None of the samples may be the nominee’s own choreography.


Work samples are a significant component of your application and we urge you to use care in selecting the samples you submit.

    • It is recommended that the applicant submit contrasting work samples in terms of style and choreography (within the genre and repertory of the nominating organization) that highlight their range of artistic abilities.
    • Submit samples where the dancer is clearly visible, the footage is well lit and framed on the screen.
    • When possible, please do not use samples with watermarks or footage filmed on a phone. Should work samples be filmed on a smart phone, film in landscape (horizontal).

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Photo: 2019 Princess Grace Award winner Stanley Glover
Photo credit: Tyler Mcauley