Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Does the application have to be in a specific language?

    Yes, the application needs to be in English in order for the international judging panel to understand.

  • I don’t have an official degree (B.A. or similar) in dance or choreography. Can I still apply for the Fellowship?

    Yes, an official degree is not a requirement for an application. The Pina Bausch Fellowship is open to all dancers with a professional working experience of at least two years. Choreographers need to produce at least one public production in the last three years.

  • Can I apply as a company or with several persons?

    The Fellowship is meant for individual persons. Application is not possible for a company, group or several persons.

  • What do you mean by cooperating partner?

    The cooperating partner can be an ensemble, a choreographer, an acclaimed personality of dance, or a training institution for dance or choreography. Each applicant needs to find a cooperating partner prior to the application for the fellowship. The applicants need to submit a confirmation by the cooperation partner to apply for the fellowship. The Pina Bausch Fellowship is not a residency programme to work on their own artistic productions, but enables the scholarship holders to learn new ways of artistic expression and techniques by working with a cooperation partner. You can create your cooperation format jointly with your cooperating partner.

  • Does the cooperating partner have to be from a specific region or part of the world (e.g. Europe)?

    The cooperating partners can be from all parts of the world, they do not have to be from Germany or Europe. Take a look at the cooperating partners of the previous years.

  • In what time frame can my fellowship take place?

    The 2022 Fellowship runs from the 5th of September 2022 until the 31st of August 2023, during which time you can work with your cooperation partner for any amount of time. Please state your planned time frame within your application.

  • Does the Fellowship have to be a full-time format?

    In 2022, the Fellowship will support a wide range of collaboration formats. Depending on the type of fellowship project you and your partner are planning, the number of hours per week may vary. When planning your fellowship, it is important to note that the amount of funding depends on the average number of hours per week. For example, in a part-time format (less than 21 hours per week), you will receive a monthly grant of €1,000. For a full-time format (more than 20 hours per week), you will receive a monthly grant of €2,500. Your application should include a rough calculation of the average number of hours per week. The description of your fellowship ("a brief statement on your planned fellowship") should also give a rough time structure (e.g. the different phases) of your project.

  • Is it possible to subdivide my collaboration with the cooperation partner into several months with longer pauses in between?

    The fellowship supports a broad spectrum of cooperation formats, the temporal structure of which can be planned individually by fellows and cooperation partners. This means that a fellowship project can include more time-intensive and less intensive periods or even breaks. These periods should be listed in the application. The total amount of funding for a fellowship project depends on the length of the fellowship and the frequency of the exchange with the cooperating partners.

  • What is a “letter of intent”?

    The “letter of intent” is a short and informal letter of confirmation from your cooperating partner about your collaboration for the Fellowship. It should give details about the form of your collaboration (e.g. what's the focus of your cooperation, what you will be working on together, how you will exchange etc.) and the exact period of your cooperation. Please note that the letter of intent is a mandatory element of your application and needs to be in English.

  • What is meant by CV in tabular form?

    The wording CV in tabular form means that we ask you to describe your artistic career as clearly and briefly as possible for the application. Please point out the most important things, such as your artistic training, important people you have worked with, etc.

    For example: Education 2002-2004: BA Dance at University XY 2005-2006: MA Choreography at University XY

    Work 2008: Performer in piece XY by choreographer XY

  • What is a letter of motivation?

    The letter of motivation allows you to give a detailed description of your scholarship plans. Ideally, it should show your motivation and your plan’s integration into your own artistic development, so that the judging panel understand why and with what aims you apply and why you chose your cooperation partner.

  • What information is required under “brief statement on your virtual cooperation” in the application form?

    Within your application, this is where you can tell us what exactly you will be doing with your collaboration partner as part of your project, and how your exchange will be structured in terms of time. You may have planned different phases for your collaboration, which you can briefly explain here.

  • What plans are eligible for an application for the Pina Bausch Fellowship?

    The Pina Bausch Fellowship wants to encourage dancers and choreographers to find their own ways when it comes to their artistic development and describe those for their application. One important question should always be your personal interest: Why would you like to collaborate with this partner for the Fellowship? Why would you like to learn from this very cooperation partner? The fellowship supports various forms of collaboration and can adapt to your individual needs and artistic interests. Within this framework, there is, for example, the possibility to learn a new dance or movement technique with a renowned personality or to test new artistic working methods in exchange with a choreographer. The individual design of the project and the form of digital exchange is left to the creativity of the applicants and their cooperation partners.

  • Do I have to create an original piece while on the Fellowship and perform it afterwards?

    No, the Pina Bausch Fellowship is not targeted on creating a new piece. The Fellowship holders will present their experiences and learnings in an individual format publicly towards the end of the Fellowship year.

  • I am looking for a sponsorship for a project idea involving dance and performance. Can I apply for the Pina Bausch Fellowship?

    No. The Pina Bausch Fellowship is explicitly not considered a project fund. It rather aims at supporting individual dancers' and choreographers' artistic progress and experience through collaborating with a renowned person, ensemble or training institution.

  • Is there an age limit for applying for the Pina Bausch Fellowship?

    There is no age limit.

  • Which kind of videos do I have to submit?

    Please submit only one video (max. 5 minutes long) for your application. The type of video you choose is basically up to you. We recommend choosing a video, which represents your dance or choreographic work best in relation to your scholarship proposal.

  • Why should I not use the video portals YouTube and DailyMotion as well as the filehosting service WeTransfer?

    DailyMotion is not suitable because of the displayed advertisements. Video recordings that include music are often not viewable on YouTube Germany, since GEMA (collecting society for musical rights in Germany) has not yet granted the respective music rights. Both video portals don’t offer trouble-free access to the videos uploaded and are therefore somewhat unfit for your application. The file hosting service WeTransfer is also not suitable for submitting videos for the application, as videos are only temporarily available for download and we cannot guarantee a timely download.

  • Which video portal do you recommend for the uploads?

    We recommend portals like Vimeo, which also offer a password-protected upload. The platform Dropbox is also suited for sharing your videos.

  • Does the Pina Bausch Fellowship cover my health insurance for the duration of my fellowship?

    No, each Fellowship holder needs to acquire their own adequate health insurance for the duration of their fellowship. Health insurance is not covered by the Fellowship grants.

  • What travels are planned as part of the fellowship?

    Fellows will travel to Wuppertal for the introductory week before the start of the fellowship and for the final week after the end of their fellowship - one outward and one return trip each. Depending on the fellowship format, further travel may be planned.

  • Which travel costs have to be calculated in the application?

    Each applicant should calculate the two return trips to the introductory and final week in Wuppertal in the application form. If the fellowship project includes a long-distance trip to the cooperation partner, the corresponding travel costs to the place of stay should also be included. The calculated total travel costs will be paid to the fellows together with the funding amount. The fellows are responsible for making their own travel arrangements for the fellowship.

  • Do I have to pay the expenses for traveling and accommodation for the welcome week in 2022 and the final week in 2023 in Wuppertal?

    At the end of their fellowship, the fellows come to Wuppertal to share their experiences in an individual format in Wuppertal. For this stay, travel expenses are covered and accommodation is provided. For the stays in Wuppertal, the costs of accommodation and catering are borne by the funding program. Thus, there are no additional costs for the fellows. The travel costs are calculated by the applicant in the application form and paid to the fellows in addition to the funding amount. The fellows are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

  • Have the dates for the introductory and final weeks in Wuppertal already been set?

    The introductory week in Wuppertal will take place from approx. 29 August to 04th September 2022. The period of the final week in late summer/fall 2023 will probably be communicated in spring 2023. The exact arrival and departure dates will be coordinated with the scholarship holders after the jury decision. Participation in the introductory and final week is mandatory for the fellows.

  • The website says that there will be a introductory week in Wuppertal. Does that mean that the residences need to start immediately after that?

    No. The introductory week takes place independently of the scholarship projects. Your scholarship project can start at the earliest on the 5th of September 2022 and must be completed by the 31st of August 2023.

  • I have not received a confirmation email. How can I find out if I have successfully submitted my application?

    Please check your spam folder first. If you did not receive a confirmation email, you can contact us at

  • Will there be a new call for the Pina Bausch Fellowship 2023?

    Yes, the Pina Bausch Fellowship is announced annually. More details about the start of the application phase for the Pina Bausch Fellowship 2023 will be published on this website.

  • Can I hand in another application next year if I already applied for the Fellowship in the previous years?

    Yes. In principle, everyone interested may apply several times. However, an actual participation in the programme is only possible once.

  • The FAQs do not answer my question. What can I do next?

    If you cannot find your question under the FAQs or if the answer is insufficient, please contact us directly. We also offer application consultation.