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Individual Guidelines

The Asian Cultural Council's online application system will be available from October 1st through December 1st, 2016. To apply to ACC, you must be an artist, an arts or humanities professional, a scholar, or a graduate/post-graduate student in a related field. Your country of permanent residence must be within Asia or the United States, and your proposed project must take place outside of your home country, also in either the United States or Asia.

Please note that our fellowship grants are process-oriented, not product-oriented. They are intended for exploration, not exhibition.

If you are applying as a group/collaborative, each team member should submit a separate individual application, referencing the names of the collaborator(s) in the project description.

The majority of ACC's grants are awarded after our May board meeting. Since we are unable to provide support retroactively, the project for which you are seeking funding should begin no earlier than June 1st of the year after you apply.

Disciplines Funded
ACC supports individuals working in the following disciplines:

Archaeology Film/Video
Architecture Literature (for projects to
Art History and from Japan only)
Arts Administration Museum Studies
Arts Criticism Music
Conservation Photography
Crafts Theater
Curation Visual Art
Dance  


Eligible Countries
Applicants must originate from, and be travelling to, the following countries:

Afghanistan Indonesia Pakistan
Bangladesh Japan Philippines
Bhutan Korea Singapore
Brunei Laos Sri Lanka
Cambodia Macau Taiwan
China Malaysia Thailand
East Timor Mongolia Vietnam
Hong Kong Myanmar United States
India Nepal  


Projects NOT Funded by the Asian Cultural Council

  • activities conducted by individuals in their home countries
  • commercial and industrial design
  • film and video production costs
  • individual artist exhibitions and performance tours
  • publications
  • undergraduate and secondary school study
  • full tuition costs -- ACC can help cover living and travel expenses for graduate/post-graduate students only
  • projects retroactively


How to Submit an Application

Our application system will open on October 1st, and a link to access it will be posted on this page at that time. Applicants will be asked to submit the following materials:

​​An Application Form providing your contact details, a description of your background and qualifications, a summary of your proposed project, and other related information.

A Headshot and a copy of your CV or resume, to be included with your application. (Optional but recommended)

Recommendation Letters from two references. Recommenders will be asked to answer 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 his or her project.

Work Samples Samples of your past work, consisting of no more than 25 images, 15 minutes of sound/video, and/or 15 pages of text. (Optional but recommended)

A Budget summarizing the expenses associated with your proposed project, and any other sources of funding you are seeking or have received.


Additional Resources

The following links may provide information in your native language:

* Applicants from Hong Kong SAR, China, and Macau SAR, please visit ACC Hong Kong's website.
中國大陸、香港及澳門境內個人獎助金申請者,請瀏覽亞洲文化協會香港分會網站。

* Applicants from Japan, please visit ACC Japan’s website.
日本から申請される方は、ACC日本オフィスのウェブサイトから申請ください。

* Applicants from Taiwan, please visit ACC Taiwan’s website.
台灣境內個人獎助金申請者,請瀏覽亞洲文化協會台灣分會網站。

* Applicants from the Philippines: if you have a question that has not been answered on this website, please email accphilippines@gmail.com.

* Applicants from the U.S. and countries in Asia not listed above: if you have a question that has not been answered on this website, please email application@accny.org.