Genée bursaries

In 2019, RAD operated two bursary schemes in support of Genée applicants – both schemes are now closed. Information about bursary provision for 2020 will be announced in due course.

For both schemes, candidates are required to demonstrate:

  • that they are likely to achieve the necessary eligibility criteria for the Genée International Ballet Competition
  • evidence of personal characteristics desirable in a dancer
  • evidence to suggest how the bursary will make a difference to their likelihood to apply to compete in the Genée

Dame Margot Fonteyn Scholarship Fund bursary

Created thanks to a donation from the Dame Margot Fonteyn Scholarship Fund, this scheme is open to any individual from any country wishing to compete in the Genée International Ballet Competition.

The Dame Margot Fonteyn Scholarship Fund was established following the death of Margot Fonteyn in 1991 and exists to provide scholarships and prizes to vocational dance students in need of financial support and to promote interest in and appreciation of ballet as an art form.

The bursary is a fixed sum of £1,500.

Dame Darcey Bussell Genée Bursary Scheme

Created in late 2014 using funding achieved at that year’s QEII Coronation Award gala dinner, this scheme is open to any individual from any country wishing to compete in the Genée International Ballet Competition.

It ran for five years, from 2015 until 2019.

Each bursary carried a minimum value of £1,000 (or equivalent local currency), and a selection panel could elect to pay a higher bursary depending on the likely costs of travel to be incurred by the candidate in order to travel to the Genée International Ballet Competition.