McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers: Guidelines

The Cowles Center is pleased to announce the 2019 round of the McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers. This program is made possible by the generous support of The McKnight Foundation. Read the full guidelines below.


Three unrestricted fellowships of $25,000 will be awarded.



1. Intent to Apply Deadline: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at midnight CST

To submit an Intent to Apply, click on the “APPLY” button above. You will be asked to create an account, fill out a simple form, and submit information about any upcoming performances.

The Intent to Apply deadline is firm. Applicants who miss the Intent to Apply deadline may still submit a final application. However, they will not receive program updates, are not eligible for application assistance, and their live performances will not be viewed by panelists.


2. Final Application: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm CST

Our website will be open to accepting final applications after January 16, 2019. The final deadline is firm, the application site will close down at exactly 3 pm on the deadline date.

Applicants will be notified of the decisions in early June 2019. 



Fellowships provide recognition and financial support for Minnesota choreographers. The program is designed to award choreographers whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have created a substantial body of work over a period of time, and who are at a career stage that is beyond emerging.

Resumé and application materials should indicate a history of sustained professional choreographic work over a period of at least five years, demonstrated through performances, creative work, residencies, grants, fellowships, or other recognition. Accomplishments must be outside of accredited degree programs, i.e. student performances will not count towards the five-year period of professional accomplishment.


The intent of this program is to recognize and support midcareer artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence.  Artists who are eligible for these fellowships:

·       Have or maintain MN residency for at least one year prior to application and for the duration of the fellowship year.

·       Are midcareer with a body of work that demonstrates a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence.

·       Can only apply to one McKnight Artist Fellowship in any artistic discipline within a year.

·       Have not been a recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship within any artistic discipline in the last five years (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

·       Demonstrate growth and ongoing artistry since their most recent McKnight Artist Fellowship.

·       Are not staff, board, or immediate family of the McKnight Foundation or fellowship administrative partners.

·       Are not enrolled full-time in an academic program. 

.        Individual choreographers and choreographic collaborations are eligible to apply. A choreographer whose principal body of work has been created in collaboration is not able to apply as an individual unless s/he has a significant body of independent work in her/his recent career. Work samples and resume should clearly support this.



A panel of one Minnesota and three out-of-state choreographers and arts professionals will review applications and select fellowship recipients. As possible throughout the season, the local panelist will view applicants' live performances.


Awarded fellows are eligible to apply for a national residency with one of our program partners. Fellows receive additional support for career development and are invited to attend a four-day retreat in rural Minnesota.


Intent to APPLY deadline

Submit online form by Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 11:59 pm

Please note: The Intent to Apply deadline is firm. Applicants who miss the deadline may still submit a final application; however, they will not receive deadline reminders or important updates about the application and the panel will not view their live performances.


Submit written materials and work samples online by Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 at 3:00 pm CST

The application website will turn off promptly at 3:00pm. No extensions will be given for any reason.

Our website will be open for final application materials after January 16, 2019.

The applicants will be notified in early June 2019.


If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application or online submission, contact the SlideRoom Support team at They are open 9 am - 9pm Mon - Sat and will respond within an hour.

If you need access to a computer and the internet, go to your public library or Springboard for the Arts.