Princess Grace Awards Program
From L to R: Gabriele Urbonaite; Eric Berryman, ©Sara Krulwichn NYT; Paige Fraser, ©UndergroundNYC.
Dedicated to Identifying and Assisting Emerging Artists in Theater, Dance, and Film
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; and for nominating organizations monetary support eases fundraising challenges, directing resources toward the creative process.
Am I Eligible to Apply?
- All nominees must be U.S. citizens or have obtained permanent residency status.
- All nominees (except playwrights, who may apply individually through www.newdramatists.org), 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 for at least three years.
- Scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships must be completed in the United States.
- Non-professional high school students, please see FAQ's to learn more about eligibility.
- The next available grant period for all Princess Grace Awards is September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2019.
How Are Award Winners Chosen?
Award winners are selected annually by panels of experts in each field. Panelists review written material in advance of coming together to view visual materials and discuss nominees. Panelists rotate yearly and are selected by the chairs of theater, dance, and film, based on their knowledge and experience in each field. Learn more about the panel process here.
How Do I Get Started?
Applications are accepted via the Princess Grace Foundation-USA’s online application module, and will be available in mid-January 2018. Please click on the appropriate category for guidelines.
Playwriting | Theater | Dance Performance | Choreography | Film | Animation
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. Applications will be accepted beginning February 15, 2018.
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).
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.
Please note, self-nominations by an artist are not accepted; an organization or school may submit only one nominee per category (scholarship or fellowship outlined in the guidelines).
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.
Scholarships are available through a nomination process for students enrolled in university undergraduate or graduate film programs. Nominations for film scholarships are invited from deans or department chairs of approved film programs. (Open to select film schools by invitation only)
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.
ANIMATION – DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2018 11:59 PST
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. (Open to select schools by invitation only)
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.
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Our commitment to Princess Grace Award winners
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA’s commitment to Princess Grace Award winners is long-term and PGF-USA strives to maintain a relationship with each Award winner. Recognizing that an artist will continue to need both financial support and encouragement as they pursue their craft, PGF-USA offers continuing grants to our Award winners to help advance their careers.
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