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Choreographic Fellowship

The Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship is awarded to an established choreographer who has already produced a significant body of work for a choreographic project and/or programme of activity.


Closing dates:

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Up to $100,000

6 Mar 2015

Artforms funded:

This content is tagged as Dance .

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To apply for Creative New Zealand funding, you:

  • must be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or organisation (overseas arts organisations or overseas-based New Zealand artists may be funded only if the project directly benefits New Zealand arts)
  • cannot be a Creative New Zealand staff member or a member of the Arts Council.

Late reports and breaches of agreements

We cannot fund you if you, your organisation, or key members of your team:

  • are more than 16 weeks overdue with a report for a previous grant or investment
  • are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement
  • were in 'default' of a funding agreement and sent in a late report in the six months prior to the closing date for a new application.

​To apply for the Choreographic Fellowship 

You must either have:

  • a strong national reputation as a choreographer
  • received critical acclaim for the work that you have produced, and/or
  • completed a body of work of acknowledged artistic excellence.

Previous recipients

You cannot be a previous recipient of the fellowship.

2. See what's funded


The Choreographic Fellowship is intended to help achieve our long-term goal (outcome) that high quality New Zealand art is developed. The results we are looking for include:

  • the development of new skills and arts practice
  • the support of high-quality artists
  • the creation of new work. 

Activities funded

The fellowship funds a choreographic project and/or programme of activity. It provides the time and/or resources for the fellow to commit to a period of deep investigation, experimentation or research in their practice. The project or programme must be completed within 12 months of Creative New Zealand offering the fellowship.

Previous recipients

Previous recipients are listed on the who got funded web page.

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

Applications for the Choreographic Fellowship can be submitted by email to specialopportunities@creativenz.govt.nz by 5pm on the closing date.

What to include

Cover letter

Include your:

  • postal address
  • telephone number(s)
  • email address



  • details of the work you intend to undertake as your fellowship project
  • details on how you will carry out this work, including where and when and any special requirements such as travel and research
  • a detailed budget for the project
  • a full artistic CV detailing any awards or residencies you may have received and links to relevant support material, such as articles, reviews or examples of our previous work
  • a summary of the desired outcomes from the project and related success measures. 
  • an outline of how your project will compliment or have an impact on other projects or work that you have committed to during the fellowship.
  • how your project will achieve the results that Creative New Zealand is seeking through the following outcome: ‘High quality New Zealand art is developed’
  • letters of support from one or two people.

Support material

  • All files should be clearly named and in PDF, Word or Excel format. 
  • Supporting documents must include the applicants name in the file title e.g. ‘Letters of Support_Applicant name.pdf’.
  • We will not consider information that arrives in separate emails or after the closing date.
  • Total email size must not exceed 20MB.


Within two weeks of the closing date you should receive an email confirming that we have received your application. If not, contact us on info@creativenz.govt.nz or (04) 473 0880.

4. Assessing applications

Assessment process

  1. Your application will be assessed by a panel of external assessors who will prepare recommendations for the Senior Manager, Arts Funding. 
  2. The final decision will be made by the Senior Manager, Arts Funding, and will be ratified by the Chief Executive. 

Assessment criteria

We assess how closely your proposal matches our long-term goal (outcome) that high quality New Zealand art is developed.

5. Notification of results

Eleven weeks after the closing date, we notify all applicants of the results by email.

We also list successful applicants on the who got funded web page.

If you are successful, we will contact you about your funding agreement including payment schedule and reporting requirements.

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date using the report template. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

Project Completion Report template (doc 266KB)

7. Who to contact

Senior Arts Adviser — Dance and Multidisciplinary 
Rose Campnell
(04) 498 0740