Working with nominating schools and nonprofit companies, the Princess Grace Awards recognize the talent of individual artists in theater, dance, and film. This collaborative process aims to fill a void in the artistic community, providing scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships to emerging artists to encourage them to focus on artistic excellence and the creative process without worrying about funding.
The Princess Grace Foundation (PGF) provides support to artists in several categories:
- Choreography—fellowships for collaboration with nonprofit dance companies;
- Dance—scholarships for students at nonprofit schools and fellowships for dancers at nonprofit companies;
- Film—scholarships for undergraduate or graduate thesis films at select schools (Columbia is among them);
- Playwriting—one fellowship for an individual playwright, including residency at New Dramatists; and
- Theater—scholarships for students at nonprofit schools, and apprenticeships and fellowships for artists at nonprofit theaters.
All applicants must be U.S. citizens or have obtained permanent residency status. All applicants, except playwrights, must be nominated by a school department chair (or dean) or company artistic director. The nominating organization must be a registered nonprofit organization in the U.S., and scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships must be completed in the U.S.
Application requirements and deadlines vary from program to program, but the earliest deadlines often fall in very early April. Refer to individual category guidelines on the Foundation’s website for specific details.