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 entitled SOLO.

Support for individual artists has been a cornerstone of The McKnight Foundation's Arts program since it began in 1981. 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. Awards are made in 10 disciplines through nine 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: the deadline has passed.

Applicants who missed the Intent to Apply deadline in early September may still submit a final application. However, they will not receive program updates, are not eligible for application assistance, and they should not submit performances using the performance calendar form, as their live performances will not be viewed by panelists.

Final application deadline: Wednesday April 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm CST

Watch this video about the program