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Artistic Director: Chiara Ajkun

LIST OF 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.

Financial Aid, Grants and Scholarships

for Dance Students, Professional Dancers and Choreographers

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

“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

AjkunBT Fund Recipients: Dance Students from Russia in Pas de Deux

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. 

If you wish to make a difference, please donate: 

AjkunBT Fund Recipient: Dance Student from Japan in Grand Jete
Ajkun Ballet: Audition

EDUCATIONAL GRANTS PROGRAM: art scholarships and grants financial aid for dancers and choreographers - ballet company

Awards grants to Dance Students and Professional Dancers admitted to further 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 PROGRAM: art scholarships and grants financial aid for dancers and choreographers - ballet company

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: art scholarships and grants financial aid for dancers and choreographers - ballet company

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 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:

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

- 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 Country. art scholarships and grants financial aid for dancers and choreographers - ballet company


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 your program's date.

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

AUDITION - HOW TO APPLY: art scholarships and grants financial aid for dancers and choreographers - ballet company

Audition in person or by video at anytime of the year. Please inquire at to obtain up to date information.

AjkunBT Fund Recipient: Dance Student from Italy at the Barre
AjkunBT Fund Recipient: Dance Student from Romania in Performance

Nurturing the quality, talent and diversity in Dance,

the AjkunBT Fund has invested millions of dollars in Artists' dance education and performing arts careers. At press time, applicants from 135 Countries have benefited from our grants.

AjkunBT Fund Recipient: Dance Student from New Zealand in Attitude
AjkunBT Fund Recipient: Dance Student from Australia in Arabesque

​AjkunBT Fund- Dancers