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Visiting Artist Program for South Asian Artist at Harvard University, 2017

The Harvard University is proud to organise Visiting Artist Program for emerging and mid-career artists of South Asia. The programme is available in across all disciplines to explore critical issues in South Asia through the lens of art and design.

The aim of the programme is to give learning opportunity to South Asian Artist.

The Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) engages faculty and students through interdisciplinary programs to advance and deepen the teaching and research on global issues relevant to South Asia.

Course Level: The programme is available for artists.

Study Subject: The programme is awarded in across all disciplines to explore critical issues in South Asia through the lens of art and design.

Scholarship Award: The programme will cover the following:

  • Each artist will receive $1,000 USD of discretionary funds (not accounting regional taxes) after their visit.

Numbers of Scholarships: Not known

Scholarship can be taken in the USA

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following area for the programme:

  • To apply, you must be a South Asian artist who works in any medium, and whose practice responds to the social and political developments of the region. Special consideration would be accorded to those artists, whose proposals directly relate to SAI’s ongoing research:
  • Applicant’s country of residence must be within South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka), with particular preference for artists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka, as SAI seeks to create unique opportunities to engage with artists from countries that have less representation at Harvard.
  • This opportunity is meant to recognize and showcase the artwork of up-and-coming artists who would greatly benefit from facilitated connections with Harvard faculty and students while providing an internationally-recognized venue to display their work. Candidates must be emerging and mid-career artists who have had limited opportunities to exhibit or work abroad. Although formal professional training at an accredited institution is not a requirement, artists with professional training will receive preference.

Nationality: Applicants of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka can apply for the programme.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must be artist.

English Language Requirement: The candidate should have a very good command over the English language.

Art Scholarship

How to Apply: Applicants can apply via email.

  • Complete the online application
  • Resume/CV: Your resume/CV should list your previous exhibitions, residencies, professional training programs, and related experiences.
  • Written Personal Statement: In no more than two pages, this personal statement should describe your preliminary proposal and how it will benefit from being hosted by the SAI and Harvard. Please list in as much detail as possible which resources, departments, and faculty at Harvard would be pertinent to your research. Also, please state whether you would be drawing on the collections of the Harvard Art Museums.
  • Work Portfolio: Samples of work may be submitted to SAI, and should consist of no more than 25 images, 15 minutes of video, and/or 15 pages of text, or whatever format best represents your work. Please submit work as a.PDF portfolio like the following example.
  • Two Recommendation Letters: You will be requested to find two references to write letters of recommendation on your behalf. One letter must be from a senior professional involved in art or a practising artist. Their letters should address the following questions (as well as any other relevant information): (1) How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant? and (2) Assess the candidate’s qualification’s and previous achievements, and evaluate the potential impact/contribution of their project. Recommendation letters should be emailed directly by your references to sainit-at-fas.harvard.edu by the deadline, with “Visiting Artist Program Recommendation” and the applicant’s name in the subject line.

Application Form

Application Deadline: The application deadline is July 17, 2017.

Scholarship Link

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