Scholarships: danceWEB – European Scholarship Programme for Contemporary Dance

Place: Austria

Dates: 5 weeks intensive residency from 14 July to 18 August 2021

Participating countries: 22-30 years old from all countries

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  • Each candidate may apply for only one course and and one location, presenting only one concept;
  • Participants are required to develop a project based on the briefing related to the area of the chosen course they aim at obtaining the Scholarship for.

Number of participants: 40 scholarships. The competition is open to young international students aged between 18 and 26 years, on 31st December 2021, in possession of high school diploma by September 2021. Candidates must show proficiency in the language of the course at minimum level B2.

Organizer: DanceWEB Europe

Deadline to apply: 13 December 2020

Inquiries about this project:

phone: +43 1 523 55 58 -40



Costs: FREE

danceWEB – European Scholarship Programme for Contemporary Dance

The Scholarship Programme offers young professional dancers and choreographers from mainly European but also from non-European countries the possibility to take part in an intense multinational further training programme.
The Programme is a 5-week residency taking place every year in July – August in Vienna within the frame of ImPulsTanz festival

The programme focuses on the exchange of ideas and knowledge, not limited by national borders, on concentrated further training, on meeting with internationally renowned artists gathering in Vienna at ImPulsTanz with the aim to orient the career of the participants.
In 2021, the programme is taking place from 14 July to 18 August.

A scholarship includes:

  • Free participation in the ImPulsTanz Research Projects (Pro Series & Field Projects)
  • Participation in the technique workshops of ImPulsTanz
  • Admission to all performances of ImPulsTanz
  • Artistic accompaniment by the artistic mentors
  • Exchange of ideas and contact with the international guests at ImPulsTanz and lectures
  • Representation of a yearly growing, international danceWEB database
  • Opportunity of building up international networks
  • Accommodation in Viennafor the period of the scholarship programme (5 weeks)

The scholarship does not include travel, per diem, visa and insurance expenses.
These expenses need to be covered by the scholarship recipients themselves.
One scholarship values approximately EUR 6.450, depending on the individual choice of research projects, workshops and performances per scholarship holder.
Each scholarship within the frame of Life Long Burning is co-financed by the Culture Programme of the European Union, by Austrian funding bodies and by local funding from the home country of the nominee. This last part is not yet secured in all countries.
Therefore the applicants are encouraged to look for possible funding institutions in their home countries.
Please check the former danceWEBers from your home country and where they received funding from.

Eligible applicants

  • dancers and choreographers with decidedly professional ambitions from European, Eastern European and non European countries,
  • preferably between 22 and 30 years of age
  • a good knowledge of English

The quality of the dance background is the main criteria for participation in danceWEB.

How to apply
Applicants need to submit the application form together with the following documents:

  • at least 1 recommendation letter (English) (maximum 3);
  • 2 recent photos (portrait & artistic photo);
  • current Curriculum Vitae (English), maximum 2 pages.

Read more here.

More in details

The deadline for applications for the danceWEB Scholarship Programme 2021 is 15 December 2020. Applicants are informed about the outcome of the evaluation and selection process by end of February 2020 the latest.

WHO can apply?

Dancers and choreographers with decidedly professional ambitions from European, Eastern European and non European countries, preferably between 22 and 30 years of age (no rule, but a guideline!) and a good knowledge of English. The working language of the program is English!

Where can I get an idea of the Scholarship Programme, what it will be like, to measure whether this programme contributes to my further development / is a perfect contribution to my momentarily situation?

You can find all the important information on our website WWW.LIFELONGBURNING.EU. In the section Scholarship – Scholarship Recipients you will find a list with all former danceWEBers who have written a report about their experience during the Scholarship Programme. These reports can give you an inside perspective of how the scholarship programme will be like, how they experienced it, how they felt about it. If you want to know more about it you can contact them by their e-mail addresses.

How do I apply?

The danceWEB Scholarship Programme 2021 is taking place from 14 July to 18 August, 2021.
We do only accept applications through our online application tool. The application tool is open from 15 September 2020 until TUESDAY, 15 December, 2020, noon, Central European Time!
Incomplete or late applications as well as applications via e-mail, post or fax will not be considered!

WHEN to apply?

The application for the danceWEB Scholarship Programme 2021 is available as of 15 September 2020 and open until TUESDAY, 15 December, 2020, noon, Central European Time!
We recommend not to wait until the last 24 hours to submit the application in order to avoid technical problems due to server overstrain.
You are informed about the results of the selection process by the end of February 2021 via email the latest.

What does the application consist of?

The application consists of an application form (pdf) that you need to download from the website, fill in and upload again to the website.

This application form consists of 4 parts:

1.)   Personal Data

2.)   Artistic Career (Education & Training/Performance activities)

3.)   Artistic Statement (English)

You have to upload the application form together with the further following documents (Allowed file formats are: doc, rtf, pdf or jpg. Max. filesize is 1MB):

at least 1 recommendation letter (English) (maximum 3)

2 recent photos (portrait & artistic photo)

current Curriculum Vitae (English), maximum 2 pages

Please note: you are not obliged to fill in every box of the pdf application form! please fill in only those boxes that apply to you! It’s more about personal significance than quantity!

When filling in the application pdf form, make sure to respect the character limitations in the boxes. The applications are printed out, information that only appears in the boxes by scrolling down is not on the print and can therefore not be considered.

What do you expect from my artistic statement?

Please describe yourself, your artistic way of working; what does distinguish you as an artist; what are you currently interested in/working on, what drives you? Where are you currently standing in your artistic career, in which direction do you wanna go? Or did you already arrive? Or do you never wanna arrive?
These are only guidelines; you can arrange your statement in whatever way you consider it suitable for presenting yourself. Please do not write more than 3000 characters (i.e. approx. one page or 500 words). The artistic statement has to be in English.

Who can write a recommendation letter?

Recommendation letters can be written by choreographers or other dance artists you have worked with, teachers or professors who have accompanied you for a certain period or who have experienced you in your way of working. The more these people are familiar with the Scholarship Programme the better they can measure what will be coming up to you, with what you will be confronted. (Former WEBers and artistic mentors usually have the best experience!) The recommendation letters have to be in English and can be addressed to the Artistic Committee of the danceWEB Scholarship Programme.

How many recommendation letters can I attach, in which format and do they have to be originally signed?

In order to give everyone the same conditions in the application process you can attach three recommendations max. Please try to attach them as a PDF files. Normally a recommendation letter covers no more than one page. They don’t have to be originally signed.

How is my scholarship financed?

One scholarship values approximately EUR 6.450,- (depending on the individual choice of research projects, workshops and performances per scholarship holder). The Creative Europe Programme of the European Union covers EUR 2.150.-, another EUR 2.150,- shall be covered by national/regional funding bodies of your home country/country of residence. danceWEB as non profit association covers the remaining expenses, with the help of Austrian funding bodies.

How does it work with finding a financial contribution to my total scholarship expenses?

In case you get selected for the danceWEB Scholarship Programme, you still need to find a financial contribution (EUR 2.150.-) to your total scholarship expenses from local funding bodies in your home country/country of residence in order to secure your participation. danceWEB will assist you in finding financial support. You don’t need to have secured the funding already for the application!
The scholarship does not include travel, visa, insurance and per diem expenses. It is recommended to find financial support for these expenses as well in case you get selected for the program.

How many photos can I attach and what kind of photos should they be?

In order to give everyone the same conditions in the application process you can attach at most 2 photos. You should attach one portrait and one artistic photo.

In which format and size shall I attach the photos?

Please try to attach them as a PDF or JPG files. Attachments shall not exceed 1MB file size. Please do not send photos in a word document.

What do I do when I can‘t attach the required documents?

If you have problems with attaching your documents please have a look at the questions above and check whether you have used the required size and formats. If it still doesn‘t work please contact us via email at SCHOLARSHIP(AT)DANCEWEB.EU

What do I do when I can’t send my application due to technical reasons?

Don‘t panic and send us an email explaining your problem as clear as possible. We will try to solve it and get back to you as soon as possible. 

How do I know if my application has been successfully submitted?

Your application has been successfully submitted when you’re automatically redirected to the confirmation page! Further, the receipt of your application will be confirmed via e-mail. If you do not receive an e-mail a few days after the deadline, please check your spam boy, especially when using yahoo and gmx. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact our office to verify that your application has been received.


If you have further questions, please contact:
danceWEB office
+43 1 523 55 58 40 (direct line)
+43 1 523 55 58 88 (fax)