A programme by Performing Arts Fund NL to promote Dutch music, theatre and dance abroad.
20 Apr. '21

Apply for ISPA's Netherlands Fellowship Programme 2022-2024

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The Dutch Fellows from 2019: Johan Gijsen, Caecilia Thunnissen and Ira Judkovskaja
The Netherlands Fellowship Programme provides access to ISPA's extensive international network of arts professionals to three mid-career leaders from the Netherlands' performing arts community. The programme is made possible by Dutch Performing Arts. Deadline for applications is 21 May 2021.
The International Society for the Performing Arts’ (ISPA) Netherlands Fellowship provides three-year access to ISPA’s extensive international network of arts professionals to three mid-career leaders from the Netherlands’ performing arts community and one mid-career leader from performing arts communities in Egypt, Morocco, Russia, Turkey, or South Africa.

Why should you apply?

Participants join the ISPA membership and attend the 2022, 2023, and 2024 New York ISPA Congresses where they engage in the development and exchange of ideas with leaders from some of the world's most significant presenting organisations, performing arts organisations, artist management agencies, cultural policy groups, foundations, festivals, and related professionals.

Performing arts professionals who are deeply committed to increasing the global connectivity of the performing arts industry, as well as those who take initiative in their own professional development, are most likely to benefit. This opportunity is intended for those working in the management of the performing arts. In considering applying, please be aware that the ISPA Congress is not a traditional arts market and opportunities for self-promotion are limited.

Programme dates:
2022: 10-13 January 2022
2023: 9-12 January 2023
2024: 8-11 January 2024


In 2022, Fellows receive:
One-year ISPA membershipwith access to all member benefits;
Full Pass registration to the New York 2022 ISPA Congress (11-13 January 2022), including a one-day Seminar prior to the Congress (10 January 2022);
Up to 2,375 USD stipend to assist with travel and accommodation expenses related to attending the New York Congress.

Pending a successful annual review, Fellows are eligible to participate for up to two additional years and receive the same benefits as year one of the programme.


The Netherlands Fellowship seeks to engage leaders within the professional performing arts sector in the Netherlands as well as Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Russia, and South Africa. Three participants must be based in the Netherlands and one participant must be based in Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Russia, or South Africa and be interested in developing their career through an extended engagement with ISPA.

Applicants must:
Be permanent residents or citizens of the Netherlands, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Russia, or South Africa;
Be currently working in the performing arts;
Have a minimum of five years professional experience in the performing arts;
Have not received an ISPA Fellowship in the past;
Have the ability to attend and fully participate in ISPA for the next three years.

Please note: For the purpose of the Fellowship, working in the performing arts includes individuals working principally in the arts and culture sector either with organisations/institutions or as independent producers/managers. Generally those working within academia, education, community organisations, and independent artists are not eligible.

Application process

Those interested in applying for ISPA’s Netherlands Fellowship must submit an application form online.

Deadline for applications: Friday 21 May 2021 at 17:00 EDT (New York).

Applications are reviewed and selected by a committee including ISPA’s CEO or designate, one ISPA member, a former ISPA fellow and one representative from Dutch Performing Arts. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by 2 July 2021.


There is no fee to submit an ISPA Fellowship application.

More information?

For more information about the programme, requirements and application materials, please visit the ISPA website for the full application guidelines.

For any questions, please contact Nora Fleury, manager of Programs and Advancement, at nfleury@ispa.org.
The 2020 Fellowship cohort at the New York ISPA Congress. Photo: Ira Fox