AjkunBT Fund

Financial Aid, Grants, and Scholarships for Dance Students, Professional Dancers, and Choreographers.


Dollars invested in Artists' dance education and performing arts careers


Different nationalities of dancers have benefited from our grants

Grants Programs

Art scholarships and grants financial aid for dancers and choreographers– ballet company

Educational Grants Programs

 Awards grants to Dance Students and Professional Dancers admitted to furthering their dance education within the Ajkun Ballet Theatre Company (Full-Time Trainee Program) or in one of the associated programs: Performing in New York, New York Winter Festival, and the Dance in Italy Applicants must be citizens of a participating country and have mastered a strong technique in ballet.  

International Exchange Grants Programs

Awards fund supplements to a Professional's own funds towards expenses incurred in living abroad while pursuing studies in the Company's distinctive repertory. To be eligible applicants must be:  accepted, but not employed by, an Internationally recognized European or United States Professional Company,  have an extensive documented professional experience in the field, be 18 years and above and successfully partake in the audition process.  

Matching Funds

There are many Art Organizations and Corporations that have awarded matching funds to integrate grants made available to AjkunBT Fund's recipients. Please inquire in your Country of citizenship for details. Our office will gladly provide evidence in support of your application.


To receive financial aid, candidates must participate in an Audition.

The selection is made on the basis of personal and professional qualifications. Other qualifications being equal, among the same country's applicants, dance students and dance professionals in financial need receive preference. Financial need status must be supported by legal evidence provided at application time. Among other factors, selections are affected by:

  • The extent to which the candidate will help to advance the aims of promoting mutual understanding among nations and professional dance knowledge in underprivileged areas;

  • The ratio of the number of awards offered in a country to the number of applications received;

  • Availability of funding made available to citizens of participating countries. art scholarships and grants financial aid for dancers and choreographers;

  • Ballet company.

Application Process

Grants are given to qualifying applicants in the order the applications are received and to the exhaustion of fund's availability for the year.

Applications that reach our office from January 1st to December 20th are considered for grants for the immediate following year unless otherwise specified. To increase the likelihood of success, it is advised to apply as early as possible, on average three years prior to your program's date.


The final application deadline is December 20th of the previous year of your program's participation.


The AjkunBT Fund provided me with funds, expertise, and mentorship to develop my ballet education. In addition, the guidance and experiences that I obtained at Ajkun Ballet Theatre gave me the tools to cultivate relationships with Patrons of the Arts and Foundations that have supported my professional career as a dancer. As the son of a single parent in Ecuador, I would have never been able to accomplish any of it without the help of the AjkunBT Fund”

Raul Evera

― Dancer from Ecuador

How to apply? Audition in person or by video at anytime of the year!

To obtain up-to-date information please email ajkun@aol.com 

About AjkunBT Fund

Inspired by the philosophy of artistic director and cultural leader Dr. Chiara Ajkun
the AjkunBT Fund is enthused by the United States Mutual Education and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (Fulbright-Hayes), a cornerstone of public diplomacy and an integral component of the foreign policy of the United States of America.

The mission of the AjkunBT Fund is to increment professional opportunities by providing merit and need-based financial aid to dancers, choreographers, and dance companies. 

American and International Artists equally qualify for grants from The AjkunBT Fund and special partnership opportunities are offered to Artists living in underprivileged communities. At press time, Artists from 135 Countries have benefited from our grants.

Participating Countries

Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria,  Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea South, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, and the United States of America.

The AjkunBT Fund receives financial support by Governments, Government Agencies, Dance Universities, Schools, Companies, Competitions, Private Patrons, and Corporate Sponsors. Donors may contribute to the general purpose of the AjkunBT Fund or specifically endorse an Artist or the Talent from a Country of choice.