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, a renowned 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 own artistic productions, but enables the scholarship holders to learn new ways of artistic expression and techniques by working with a cooperation partner virtually. You can create your digital 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 partner can be from all parts of the world, he* she does 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 virtual fellowship take place?

    The 2021 virtual Fellowship runs from the 1st of June 2021 to the 1st of August 2022, during which time you can work with your cooperation partner for any amount of time. Please state your planned time frame within your application.

  • In the previous years, the fellowship was meant to be a fulltime collaboration with a cooperation partner on site. Does the virtual fellowship have to be a fulltime format?

    No, the virtual fellowship does not have to be a fulltime format. Depending on the kind of fellowship project you and your cooperation partner are planning to do, the actual times of digital dialogue do not have have a fulltime format. For example, if you are going to train in a new dance genre you do not have to train through digital exhange on a daily basis, but could also work with your cooperation partner during intensive weekend/workshops every month for a certain amount of time. However, the frequency and length of your fellowship should be in proportion to the funding lump sum of € 5.000. Just your orientation: in the previous years fellows received € 2.500 per month for a fulltime-scholarship. Please make sure to explain your choice of frequency/schedule within your application.

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

    With the virtual fellowship 2021, for the first time, fellowships will be funded with a lump sum of €5,000 for the entire duration - i.e. the length of the fellowship as well as the frequency of the exchange with the cooperation partners depends on the opportunities that the funding amount offers to the fellows. But they should be in proportion to each other. The virtual fellowship format can be designed jointly by the fellows and their cooperation partners and can include more time-intensive and less intensive periods. These periods should be listed within the application.

  • 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 virtual collaboration (e.g. what's the focus of your cooperation, what you will be working on together, how you will exchange digitally etc.) and the exact period of your cooperatione. Please note that the letter of intent is a mandatory element of your application and needs to be in English.

  • 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 virtual project, and how your digital 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. In 2021, however, only digital formats will be supported. 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.

  • Do I have to pay the expenses for travelling and accomodation for the final week in 2022 in Wuppertal and the further stay in Wuppertal following the end of my Fellowship?

    At the end of their fellowship, the fellows come to Wuppertal to share their experiences in individual formats in Wuppertal. For this stay, travel expenses are covered and accommodation is provided.

  • The website says that there will be a virtual introductory week. 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 1st of June 2021 and must be completed by August 2022.

  • 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 2022?

    Yes, the Pina Bausch Fellowship is announced annually. More details about the start of the application phase for the Pina Bausch Fellowship 2022 will be published on this website.

  • Is the Pina Bausch Fellowship continue to exclusively support virtual cooperation projects in 2022 or is it intended to return to the support of physical stays with the cooperation partners?

    For the future, it is intended to go back to supporting physical residencies with cooperation partners. When and how it will be possible to realize this, depends on the development of the global pandemic situation as well as local and international travel and contact restrictions.

  • 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.