Iowa Arts Fellowship

For outstanding performers and/or choreographers

This is a one-year award that includes a $22,000 academic year fellowship stipend plus a scholarship for full tuition and 50 percent of the mandatory fees as listed in the tuition and mandatory fees table.


  • Exceptional talent in performance and/or choreography
  • Formal admission to the Graduate College
  • Admission to the Department of Dance MFA 
  • Nomination by the Department of Dance and approval by the Graduate College

Fellowship award

This competitive merit award from the Graduate College includes a tuition waiver and a stipend, renewable for a second year upon satisfactory completion of the first two semesters. For those students electing to complete the MFA in 2.5 or 3 years, the department makes every effort to continue funding through a Research or Teaching Assistantship, but these awards are not guaranteed and are made on a case-by-case basis. More information is available on the Iowa Arts Fellowship website

For more information on the University of Iowa Department of Dance Application process, please contact:

Portrait of Tony Orrico

Tony Orrico

Assistant Professor of Dance and Sculpture/Intermedia
Graduate Recruitment Coordinator


The University of Iowa Department of Dance offers graduate students many opportunities to teach. Fill out the graduate teaching application and submit your academic profile.

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The Graduate College

The Graduate College offers a wealth of information about funding for graduate students through additional methods. You can learn more about funding your education on their site: