Pictured: Yeniel ‘Chini’ Perez Domenech

The McKnight Fellowships for Dancers annually awards three fellowships of $25,000 each to Minnesota dancers. The awards are unrestricted and can help an artist set aside periods of time for study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of an opportunity; or work on a new project.

The fellowship program is designed to award Minnesota dancers 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. In addition to the cash award, fellows receive additional support for career development, are invited to attend a four-day retreat in rural Minnesota, and are eligible to have an original solo work commissioned for an evening titled SOLO.

Support for individual artists has been a focus of the McKnight Foundation's Arts program since its inception. The foundation recognizes that the arts cannot flourish or enhance community life without the ideas, energy, and drive of individual artists, and that artists cannot make these contributions without unfettered creative time. Fellowship awards are made in 11 disciplines through 9 arts organizations and presenters. The Cowles Center is the administrative home for the McKnight Fellowships for Dancers and Choreographers, and the International Choreographer Program.

Intent to Apply deadline has passed

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.

If you are a first-time applicant and miss the Intent to Apply deadline, please send us an email: McKFell@thecowlescenter.org to learn of some exceptions to these rules.

Final application deadline: Monday March 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm CST

Our website will be open to accepting final applications after mid-January, 2020. The final deadline is firm, the application site will close down at exactly 3 pm on the deadline date. There is no cost to apply for a fellowship.

Watch this video about the program