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Asian Cultural Council Annual Fellowship Grants for Artists to Study Abroad, 2018

The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) is inviting applications for Fellowship Grants for Artists to be awarded in 2018. Fellowships are awarded to arts professionals in China, Hong Kong, and Macau, cultural exchange to support specialized arts and humanities-related exploration, study, and research that involve international travel and cultural exchange, either between Asia and the U.S. or across regions in Asia.

The New York Fellowship Program aims to provide cultural immersion and cross-cultural exchange for an extended period in New York City. In 2018, we can only accept applications for a single six-month period in this program, which includes ACC accommodations in New York.

The Asian Cultural Council, founded by John D. Rockefeller 3rd in 1963, is a non-profit foundation headquartered in New York, with regional offices in Hong Kong, Manila, Taipei, and Tokyo. It advances international understanding by supporting individual artists and specialists to pursue exploration, study, and research in the United States and Asia.

Course Level: Fellowship is available to Art Professionals.

Study Subject: The ACC program covers the visual and performing arts, both contemporary and traditional. Fields of awards include archeology, architecture (design, history, and theory), art history, arts administration, art criticism, conservation, crafts, curation, dance, ethnomusicology, film and video, museum studies, music, photography, theatre and visual art. Professional artists, arts administrators, scholars, graduate/post-graduate students, and organizations working in the following fields: Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Arts Administration, Arts Criticism, Conservation, Crafts, Curation, Dance, Ethnomusicology, Film/Video/Photography, Literature (for travel to and from Japan only), Museum Studies, Music, Theater and Visual Art.

Scholarship Award: ACC grant funds may be used for costs associated with travel and research only. Research is broadly defined as any activities in pursuit of creative or scholarly inquiry and may take many different forms. The following examples of allowable expenses are not an exhaustive list and are intended as a general guideline only:

  • Allowable travel expenses may include international airfare, local transportation, visas, travel insurance, accommodations, and living expenses.
  • Allowable research expenses may include admission fees and tickets to cultural institutions and events; fees for classes or workshops; photocopying or supplies; and translator fees.*

*Please note that to enhance communication and mutual understanding during fellowship program, participants in the New York Fellowship Program are suggested to have basic English language proficiency to make sure that immersive experience of the program is possible. Under this circumstance, we are unable to support applicants who require extensive use of a paid translator.

Expenses and activities not supported by ACC funding:

  • Activities conducted by individuals in their home countries
  • Commercial and industrial design
  • Commercial activity or for-profit entities
  • Production costs (including film, video, touring, etc.)
  • Artist exhibitions and performance tours
  • Publications
  • Undergraduate and secondary school study
  • Tuition (ACC can help cover living and travel expenses for graduate/post-graduate students only)
  • Organizational overhead, capital campaigns or operating costs
  • Projects beginning before or after the funding period; the funding period is 18 months beginning June 1 of the year after the submission deadline.

Number of Scholarships: Not Known

Scholarship can be taken in Asia and the U.S. or across regions in Asia

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • Professional artists, arts administrators, scholars, graduate/post-graduate students, and organizations working in the following fields: Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Arts Administration, Arts Criticism, Conservation, Crafts, Curation, Dance, Ethnomusicology, Film/Video/Photography, Literature (for travel to and from Japan only), Museum Studies, Music, Theater and Visual Art
  • Individual applicants must be either residents or citizens of China, Hong Kong, and Macau, and their proposed program must involve travel between one or more countries on the list. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and United States.

Nationality: Individual applicants must be either residents or citizens of China, Hong Kong, and Macau.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have their previous degree.

English Language Requirements: All applications must be submitted in English. Applicants from China/Hong Kong/Macau may choose to complete a dual-language application in both Chinese and English, but it is not required.

How to Apply: Individuals from the regions of China, Hong Kong, and Macau wishing to apply for an ACC fellowship program should complete and submit the Council’s online application form at www.asianculturalcouncil.org.hk/en/app/information_and_deadline on or before 1 p.m. Hong Kong time on November 9, 2017.

Interested parties from other Asian countries or the U.S. should visit the Council’s headquarters website for appropriate application procedures: www.asianculturalcouncil.org. Final decisions will be made by the Council in May 2018, and applicants will be notified of their application results thereafter.

Online Application Form

Application Deadline: Scholarship application deadline is November 1, 2017.

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