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Fellowships to USA and International Arts Professionals and Scholars for Study and Research Trips

Individual Fellowship Program


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Deadline: 11/30/23 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time Save

Grant Description
Fellowships of up to $35,000 to USA and International scholars, artists, and arts professionals to undertake study and research trips. Funding is intended to allow individuals from eligible countries in Asia to travel to the United States, for travel within Asia, and for American applicants to travel to eligible countries. Eligible travel destinations and exchange partners are permitted from the following 26 countries/regions: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Mainland China, East Timor, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States.

The Individual Fellowship program provides support to artists, scholars, or arts professionals working in ACC’s eligible disciplines, empowering them to take risks, develop their artistic practices through research projects, and take time to immerse themselves in a different culture.

ACC emphasizes that the Individual Fellowship is not a residency, a fund to attend a singular conference/travel grant, or an individual’s personal public relations tour. Rather, ACC expects Individual Fellows to be self-directed and have a focused research project that enables and promotes cultural immersion, dialogue, relationship-building, collaboration, and/or exchange of knowledge among peers.

Individual Fellows have the freedom to determine the following:

  • Location of travel: Applicants are welcome to travel from their home countries to a different country, whether that is to the United States, to Asia, or within Asia.
  • Duration of travel: ACC welcomes project activities ranging from 1 to 6 months. Project activity timelines with longer durations are preferred; however, all proposed projects must be, at minimum, 1-month in duration.
  • Timing of travel: ACC understands that all applicants have a variety of commitments, personally and professionally. The Individual Fellowship allows the freedom to schedule and complete a research project on the Fellow’s own schedule and project needs.
  • Budget: When completing the application, please note that ACC will be reviewing it application regarding the feasibility of completing the project, including logistical and budget feasibility.
  • Collaborators: ACC understands that many research projects are not solitary endeavors. ACC welcomes up to four (4) collaborators on the project, including the primary applicant. Please be mindful of the number of collaborators when budgeting for housing, transportation, health insurance, and visa costs. ACC will not increase the total grant amount cap due to the number of collaborators.

Individual Fellowship supports travel from:

  • United States to Asia
  • Asia to the United States
  • Between approved Asian countries 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Individual Fellowship—Specific Eligibility
- Must be over the age of 21 at the start date of the Individual Fellowship.
- Must have five (5) years of professional experience.
- Applicant cannot be a full-time student.
- Applications cannot include more than four (4) collaborators for a project, including the primary applicant.
- All collaborators must submit a single application to ACC and must plan to travel together; separate trips are not permitted.
- Applicants with collaborators that do not provide names and include the biographies and work samples for all collaborators will not be considered.
- All collaborators must fall under the Individual Fellowship criteria and eligibility, including country/region of citizenship or primary residence.
- An Individual Fellowship applicant has the flexibility to conduct research in multiple countries. However, it is important to consider any logistical challenges or restrictions in traveling to various countries. US-bound travel cannot occur prior to September 1, 2024, due to the time needed to administer J-1 Visas.
- Funding amounts for the Individual Fellowship are subject to adjustment based on the resources and available funding at each office prior to the grant being awarded

Pre-Application Information
2024 Grant Application and Process Timeline
- Applications Accepted: 11/1/2023-11/30/2023
- Application Deadline: 11/30/2023 at 11:59 PM EST.
- Selection (Panel review and interviews): 12/1/2023-04/30/2024
- Board Approval: Mid-May 2024
- Notification to Grantee: Mid-May 2024
- Please note there may be additional steps for each global ACC office.

How to Apply:


Estimated Size of Grant
ACC welcomes applications for funding up to $35,000.

Term of Contract
Proposed activities must begin and end within the grant periods defined below:
- Applicants from Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Mainland China; Japan; the Philippines, and Taiwan: August 1, 2024, to December 31, 2025
- Applicants from the U.S. and eligible Asian countries/regions (see list in Guidelines document): August 1, 2024, to December 31, 2026

Contact Information
Apply online beginning November 1. See the Full Grant Text RFP for a link.

Direct questions to:

Asian Cultural Council
One Rockefeller Plaza
Room 2500
New York, New York 10020
Phone: Tel: 1 212 843 0403
Fax: 1 212 843 0343
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