Eileen May Norris Dance Scholarships

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What does the scholarship get me?

$5,000 - $10,000

Closing dates for applications

Next: 28 February 2022

Length of award

One or more years. Committee may award a different value from year to year and differ between applicants. An appropriate allowance for living and incedental expenses may be included.

Number of awards offered

Up to two

Purpose of award

Awarded to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding dance talent in New Zealand with an appropriate university, polytechnic, dance school or academy, or for those dancing with a professional body or company.

Selection criteria

Applicants must be New Zealand born or naturalised citizens and shall be aged over 18 years and under 25 years of age as at the closing date (31 March) for applications.

Applications must be from individuals only and the scholarships will only be awarded to a suitable applicant and not necessarily annually.

Applicants will need to have demonstrated outstanding dance talent in New Zealand with an appropriate university, polytechnic, dance school or academy or for those currently dancing with a professional body or company.

Applicants can be dancers of any genre who wish to undertake a specific dance project or further study in dance.

Those eligible to apply must be undertaking the actual performance of dance or the study of dance as opposed to choreography.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Payment will be made direct to the institution in most instances
-payment frequency whether as a lump sum, instalments or semester based will be decided by the Advisory Committee in consultation with the Scholarship winner.

How do students apply?

Applications close on 28 February annually. See the link below for a form which may be completed electronically.

Once complete, please send (along with the required attachments) to: Charitable Services, Public Trust, Private Bag 17-906, Greenlane, Auckland
Scholarship Details

How and when do students learn of the decision?

The Trustee will endeavour to advise all applicants of the outcome within three months of the closing date.

Decision makers

A scholarship committee comprising Public Trust and panel of Dance experts will consider applications.

History or background of award

The Eileen May Norris Dance Scholarships Trust was established by Miss Norris' Will in 2003.

Additional information

-Each application must be supported by at least two references, one from the applicant’s dance teacher and another from a person qualified to make a judgement on the applicant’s potential for a career in dance and performance work
-Each application must be supported by a covering letter; two curriculum vitaes (CVs) stating qualifi cations, employment history and any volunteer work); a budget; and a two page project outline. One CV will be dance related and the other will be education based
-Each application must be accompanied by two copies of audition tapes/DVDs or web address link to performances. The filming of the performance should not be altered or edited by using devices and not be incongruent with what is actually being executed. An eloquence in their particular area of dance study is required that is recognised nationally and internationally to be suffi cient to equate with the standards of the chosen institution. Tapes/DVDs or web link must be auditioned by an appropriate judicator organisation not connected to the applicant.
-The tapes or DVDs become the property of the Trust and will not be returned to the applicant
• the project to be undertaken must relate to the applicant’s background and/or career plan
• the applicant must complete and sign this application in order to be considered for scholarship.

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

Kim Peacock
Client Manager
Public Trust
Private Bag 17906, Greenlane, Auckland 1546
0800 371 471
09 985 6883


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in December 2020.