Fellowships and Supported Projects

Gary Champi in City Center Event workshop. Photo by Stephanie Berger 2014


Furthering our mission of teaching, reviving and sharing Cunningham's works.

Fellowship Workshops

Fellows reconstruct a complete Cunningham dance during intensive, multi-week workshops that culminate in free public showings. Dancers are chosen by audition or invitation.

Research Projects

The Trust welcomes Research Project applications exploring ideas that facilitate the dissemination of Merce Cunningham's work. Projects may include, but are not limited to, comparative technique exploration, curricular examination, historical study, etc. These projects may include a repertory or dance component, but this material may not be the main research topic, as such projects are already covered by Fellowships.

The Trust Provides Support

Each recipient receives a stipend, travel and housing, access to studio space and relevant archival materials that include the digital Dance Capsules.
See all fellows and special project recipients
Merce Cunningham

Applications and Information

Contact Program Coordinator Jennifer Goggans for more information.

Why We Do It

Ernesto Breton and Erin Dowd in Crises workshop. Photo by Ian Douglas 2014

Strengthening The Legacy

The Cunningham Fellowships and Special Projects support and strenthen the legacy, its vibrancy and relevance into the future.
Workshop dancers performing at the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants Reception. Photo 2015

Sharing the Work

Through the Fellowship program, we share Merce's work with new groups of dancers who embody his movement and we conduct presentations for audiences both domestic and abroad.
Merce Cunningham's notes for Exchange.

Uncovering New Information

The research and investigation involved in staging a Cunningham dance and in developing workshops to share his ideas, continually lead to the discovery of new information about Cunningham's work and process.

2020 Applications Available Now

Download Fellowship Application*
Download Research Application

All applications are considered on a rolling basis.
*Available only for previous company members or by invitation.

Awards We've Supported

In addition to Fellowships and Special Projects, the Trust has helped fund and sponsor other grants and awards.

Fellowship and Supported Projects

A detailed look at all of our past Fellowships, Workshops, Special Projects, and Research Support.