How do I apply for a grant?

Application procedures and deadlines vary by grant category. Detailed information and application materials are available in the guidelines section of this site. The following is a guide:

  • Applicants must be nominated by the dean/department chair of their academic program (if applying for a scholarship) or the artistic director of a company (if applying for an apprenticeship or fellowship).
  • Film Scholarships are available only to graduate or undergraduate students who will be working on their thesis films during the annual grant period September 1 - August 31. Students must be attending a school on the Foundation's list of approved institutions. Please see below for a list of approved schools.

Applications for the 2019/20 grant period will open in January 2019.

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I am planning to attend college/graduate school. Can I apply for a Princess Grace Award?

No, not yet.

  • To apply for a Theater Scholarship, you must be entering your final year of an undergraduate or graduate program at the time of application (so that the grant period occurs during your final year.)
  • To apply for a Dance Scholarship, you must have been at the institution for at least one year (or just about to complete the first year at the time of application). Students enrolled in dance education or graduate programs are not eligible.
  • To apply for a Film Scholarship, you must be ready to work on your thesis film, which typically happens toward the end of your degree tenure.

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Can I apply for a Scholarship in a non-degreed training program?

If you are interested in applying for a Theater Scholarship, please contact the Foundation at 212.317.1470 as the response to this question is under review.

To apply for a Dance: Performance Scholarship, you DO NOT have to be enrolled in a degreed program. However, you must be studying full-time at a non-profit dance school.

To apply for a Film Scholarship, you must be a film major/concentration in an approved degreed program which results in a BA, BFA, MA, MFA, or Ph.D. A large majority of our applicants are completing MFA, BFA, and BA degrees.

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Can I apply for a Scholarship to attend Summer Intensives, or Week/Month/Semester long Training programs?

No. You may not apply for a Princess Grace Award to attend short training programs, intensives, or film festivals.

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Can I apply my grant to a program abroad?

Theater, Dance: Performance, Dance: Choreography and Film Scholarship grants can only be used in coordination with organizations located IN the United States. American university satellite campuses abroad do not qualify. The Playwriting Fellowship must be used in conjunction with New Dramatists.

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I am not affiliated with a school or organization. Can I apply for individual project support?

To apply in the categories of Theater, Dance: Performance, Dance: Choreography, or Film Scholarship , you MUST be affiliated with a school or organization. To apply for the Playwriting Fellowship, you do not need to be affiliated with a school or organization.

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What types of organizations are eligible to nominate artists? 

Universities and training programs (Scholarships only):

Professional Non-Profit Theater and Dance Companies (Theater Apprenticeships/Fellowships, Dance Fellowships, Choreography Fellowships):

  • Must employ professional artistic and administrative staff
  • Must have been in continuous operation as a professional theater company who has held 501(c)(3) status, in its own name, for a minimum of 3 years
  • Must have a total of 20 weeks of rehearsal and performance for the current and previous 3 years
  • Must have demonstrated the ability to raise public and other private funds

Organizations holding 501(c)(3) status through a fiscal sponsor or related party (e.g., pass-through foundation) are ineligible to apply.


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Can individuals working in the area of dramaturgy, arts administration, or stage management apply?

No. The Foundation provides grants only for actors, directors, lighting designers, set designers, costume designers, sound designers, projection designers and playwrights.

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What is your review process?

Eligible applications are reviewed by specialists in relevant fields. Panels comprised of professional experts and practicing artists review application materials and make their determinations at panel meetings. Final notification is usually made in July of each year.

Learn more about the panel process here

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Is there an average grant amount?

Grant amounts generally range from $7,500 - $30,000. However, grant requests should be based on actual figures for annual salary, artistic fee, tuition, or project costs, whichever is applicable, and require substantiation (letter of verification from nominator). Benefits (materials, housing, insurance, and transportation) may not be included in the grant request. Please note that the Foundation may not be able to fulfill your full request (although many requests receive full funding); however, the Foundation will never grant more than your request. It is up to you and your nominator to make sure your request is accurate and you ask for what you need.

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How is the money allotted?

All grants are given directly to the organizations, not the individual. The organizations then disburse the money to the Award Winner. Each school/organization manages this differently based on its own internal system. However, the school itself may not take any administrative fees from the grant.

Here are some specific details:
Theater Scholarships and Dance: Performance Scholarships go directly toward tuition costs. Monies may not be used for rent/room and board, books, living expenses, etc. If you already have a tuition scholarship from your college/university/program and receive a Princess Grace Award (therefore making your combined scholarship monies exceed the cost of tuition), the school might lessen your tuition scholarship for the college/university/program and replace it with the Princess Grace Award. The Princess Grace money allotment may not roll-over into living expenses.

Undergraduate and Graduate Film Scholarships are disbursed to the school, who in turn, allots the money designated by the Foundation to the filmmaking student. This money in this category MAY NOT go toward tuition or matriculation fees. It MUST go toward the production of the film (location scouting, shooting costs, editing, etc.). PGF-USA funds MAY NOT be used to pay the nominee a director’s fee or other fees.

Theater Apprenticeships, Theater Fellowships and Dance: Performance Fellowships are disbursed to the organization to pay the salary  or artistic fees for the grantee. The money must be used to pay salary only, EXCLUSIVE OF benefits. Please note: A nominating organization can request a grant amount that would give the grantee a raise.

Dance: Choreography Fellowship is a set amount of $10,000. The company must disburse the money as follows: $8,000 must be paid to the choreographer for their fee; the remaining $2,000 should be used to cover production costs.

Playwriting Fellowship is a year long residency with New Dramatists and a $7,500 grant. 

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What is the difference between a Theater Apprenticeship and Theater Fellowship?

While both categories involve the nominee's association with a non-profit theater, the Apprenticeship is a mentorship opportunity between the applicant and an artist at the theater. The Fellowship looks to give an individual the opportunity to assume significant artistic responsibilities of a mainstage show.

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How long is the playwriting residency at New Dramatists?

The grant period occurs from September 1-August 31. The residency must happen within that time period, but when and how is determined on a case by case basis between the winning playwright and New Dramatists. Some playwriting winners living in NYC at the time of the grant choose to spread out the residency over the year. Others (particularly those outside the NYC) choose to do a concentrated residency over the set period weeks.

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How is “organization that hosts choreographic residencies” defined?

It is defined as any 501(c)(3) non-profit dance organization or a festival that can demonstrate a minimum three-year history of hosting residencies for emerging choreographers that culminates in a public performance of work created during that residency.

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Can choreographers who have their own company apply for a residency and set the work on their company?

No. Choreographers at the onset of their career and meeting eligibility criteria may apply with a nominating organization. The nominating organization cannot be the choreographer’s dance company. Further, the choreographer cannot perform in the new work or include their company members in the new work. The new work must be set on the nominating organization’s dancers or single project basis dancers contracted specifically for this new work. The project may not include personnel currently employed by or working for the nominated choreographer.   

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Who may apply for a Film Scholarship?

  • Applicants must be nominated by their respective dean/department chairs. A school may nominate both one undergraduate and one graduate student.
  • All applicants must be US Citizens or have obtained permanent residency status.
  • All nominees must have already completed one film.
  • Nominating schools must be independent 501 (c)(3) organizations and the schools themselves should hold the 501 (c)(3) status.
  • Schools holding 501(c)(3) status through a related party (e.g., pass-through foundation) are ineligible to apply.

Students completing a graduate or undergraduate filmmaking degree at any of the following schools are eligible:

Adelphi University
American Film Institute
American University
Antioch College
Art Center College Design
Bard College
Binghamton University
Boston University
Bowling Green State University
Brooklyn College
Brown University
California College of Arts Crafts
California Institute of the Arts
California State University,
Northridge, Radio, TV & Film
Chapman University
City College of New York
City University of New York (CUNY)
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia University
Dartmouth College
Drexel University
Duke University
Emerson College
Farleigh Dickinson University
Fitchburg State College
Florida State University
Fordham College
Hampshire College
Harvard University
Howard University
Humboldt State University
Hunter College
Indiana University, Bloomington
Kansas City Art Institute
Keene State College
Laroche College
Loyola Marymount University
Massachusetts College of Art
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Miami Dade College

Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Montclair State University
Montana State University
New School University
New York University
North Carolina School of the Arts
Northwestern University
Ohio State University
Ohio University
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pennsylvania State University
Pratt Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Rice University
Rochester Institute of Technology
San Diego State University


San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco State University
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Scripps College
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Southern Methodist University
Stanford University
SUNY at Buffalo
SUNY College at Purchase
Syracuse University
Temple University
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University at Buffalo
University of Arizona
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Merced
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, San Francisco
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Central Florida
University of Colorado
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
University of Illinois, Chicago
University of Iowa
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Missouri, Kansas City
University of New Mexico
University of New Orleans
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of North Texas
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of South Carolina
University of South Florida
University of Southern California
University of Tennessee
University of Texas-Austin
University of the Arts
University of Utah
University of Wisconsin
Vermont College of Fine Arts
Wake Forest University
Washington University in St. Louis
Webster University
Wesleyan University

Yale University


We will be evaluating new additions for the next grant period. If your school is not on the list, and you would like it to be considered, please email us at for further information. Note: PGF-USA looks to add schools/departments with robust production requirements for graduation, focusing on creation of new film work rather than film study. 

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I am making a film as my final project, but am not enrolled in the film department. Can I still apply for a Film Scholarship? 

Students who are making a thesis film or project where the moving image is the primary focus, but are not receiving their degree from the film department may still be considered. However, your university’s film program must be on the list of approved schools; the nomination must come from the film department, and you must receive permission from the dean of the film school to be nominated over the film school’s students

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How do I make a film budget for my application? 

PGF-USA has a budget in the film and animation applications. The budget is a key component of your application, and represents your project in quantitative terms. It is important that your budget include both detailed expenses and income, and that the total income is greater than or equal to the expenses. There is a separate column to show where PGF-USA funds are requested. 

Example of a complete and detailed budget. This budget is successful because the expense section clearly details all line item expenses for the film including specifics for each line item; and the income section notes any additional sources of income. Note in this budget the income is slightly higher than the expenses. This is fine. 

Do you support independent film projects?

No, the Film Scholarship is not available for independent film projects.

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I attend a Film School on your list of approved programs. However, I would like to shoot my thesis film abroad. May I still apply?

Yes. Thesis film projects can be shot abroad, but the filmmaker's school must be located in the United States.

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If I do not receive a Princess Grace Award, can I reapply?

In all categories, you may reapply if you did not receive a Princess Grace Award as long as you still meet all the criteria in the guidelines.

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What are some good tips for compiling competitive work samples?

  • Work samples are a significant component of your application and we urge you to use care in selecting the samples you submit.
  • Work samples are viewed on a single channel screen with 16:9 aspect ratio. If you sample was originally created to be viewed in another format it is helpful to use the work sample chart in the application to clearly describe your work as it was meant to be seen by the audience. 
  • Do NOT include media-enhanced, highly edited, or promotional-type submissions. Please do not submit promotional videos, trailers, commercials or PSA’s.

Theater and Dance:

  • Make sure the samples show a range of the nominee’s abilities.
  • Include rehearsal and performance footage
  • Make sure the work sample is in focus and filmed with a steady hand
  • Make sure the nominee is clearly visible (particularly if shot as part of a group)


  • Competitive applicants, in general, submit at least one continuous scene from their film(s), and when possible submit works which are stylistically relevant to the proposed thesis project.
  • If there are rough scenes of the proposed thesis project available, include these clips in the application. Only include this material if the scenes are far enough along to accurately represent the project. Concisely and carefully describe their relevance.


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Where will I find information about other funding sources for the arts?

Please visit the Links section of the website.

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