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The 2016 - 2018 Canada Fellowship Program is currently in progress. Please check back periodically for renewed program availability.

Meet the current Fellows

The Canada Fellowship Program provides access to ISPA's extensive international network of arts professionals to five mid-career leaders from Canada's performing arts community. Participants join the ISPA membership and attend the ISPA Congress where they engage in the development and exchange of ideas with leaders from some of the world's most significant arts organizations, increase their industry knowledge and resources through educational opportunities, and share their experience with their communities.

Application Process

Notification of Status
2016 Program Dates

2017 Program Dates
2018 Program Dates

June 29, 2015
July 31, 2015
August 26, 2015
January 11-14, 2016
May 30-June 4
January 7-10, 2017
January 8-11, 2018

To apply to the Canada Fellowship Program, please download and review the application instructions and submit the application form once available. Applications are reviewed and selected by the Fellowship Review Committee which consists of the Canada Council's Audience and Market Development Coordinator, ISPA's CEO or designate and two peer reviewers.

*Note: The application deadline will not be extended, and late and/or incomplete submissions will not be accepted. ISPA welcomes all eligible applications.


In 2016, Fellows receive:

  • One-year ISPA membership with access to all member benefits  
  • Full Pass registration to the New York 2016 ISPA Congress (January 12 - 14, 2016), including a one-day Seminar prior to the Congress (January 11, 2016)
  • Up to $2,250 US to assist with travel and accommodation expenses related to attending the New York Congress
  • Option to receive full pass registration and up to $3,300 to assist with travel and accommodation expenses related to attending the Melbourne 2016 ISPA Congress (May 30 - June 4, 2016). (If unused, to be held in trust for up to two years if deemed eligible for continued participation).

Pending a successful review, Fellows are eligible to participate for up to two additional years and receive similar benefits as listed for year one of the program.


The Canada Fellowship Program seeks to engage leaders within the professional performing arts sector in Canada. Participants must be based in Canada and be interested in developing their career through an extended engagement with ISPA.

Applicants must:

  • Be permanent residents or citizens of Canada
  • Be currently employed/working in the performing arts
  • Have a minimum of five years professional experience in the arts
  • Not currently be a member of ISPA (nor have been one in the past three years) or associated with a current organizational ISPA member
  • Have not received an ISPA Fellowship in the past
  • Have the ability to attend and fully participate in ISPA for the next three years


There is no fee to submit an ISPA Fellowship application.

ISPA would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for making this program possible. 


Questions? Contact Nora Fleury at or 1 212 206 8490 x201.

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