Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

Yes. ACC is a multi-year process of program evaluation and strategic planning. During this period, we have continued to work across all regions through partnerships with organizations.

Past grant recipients are eligible to apply again, and ACC is especially interested in helping alumni strengthen and extend their international networks. Alumni may apply in any grant category, with the following exceptions:

  1. Past recipients of a New York-based fellowship are not eligible to apply for the New York Fellowship Program.
  2. Alumni who have received a six-month fellowship or similarly large grant in the past are not likely to be given another grant of similar size.

Yes, individuals may receive funding to return to a country where they were born or have previously lived. However, in order to be competitive, the project must still contribute to advancing greater cultural understanding.

ACC will consider proposals from any applicant who meets the criteria of being EITHER a citizen OR a resident of an eligible country. However, these applications will only be competitive if they build community and further greater understanding between the U.S. and Asia, or between countries in Asia, regardless of where the applicant resides. If the applicant primarily works outside of Asia and the U.S., there is a good chance these criteria will not be met.

Yes. While many of our U.S.-based applicants are American citizens or permanent residents, ACC does not require a specific immigration/visa status. To be considered as a U.S.-based applicant, the U.S. must be your country of primary residence when you apply. Additionally, the majority of U.S. grant recipients meet the following criteria: (1) the U.S. has been their country of primary residence for at least one year prior to applying; (2) they work in the U.S. and/or are enrolled in a graduate program in the U.S.; and (3) they plan for the U.S. to continue to be their country of primary residence after completing their grant.

Yes, you may apply for a Graduate Scholarship even if you have already started the program of study. When you fill out the eligibility form during the application process, please answer the questions as if you were applying from home to ensure that your application is seen by the appropriate reviewers.

In and of itself, this would not make a strong proposal, but it is not disqualifying if other criteria are met.

To be considered a professional artist, you must show evidence of sustained commitment to your practice, whether or not you are able to financially support yourself from your art.

ACC does not prioritize either early-career or established applicants. Most importantly, an ACC grant is not an award for previous work, and a candidate who has achieved renown will not be competitive if his or her proposal does not meet ACC’s criteria for cultural engagement and impact. However, a recent graduate who has produced little work is also not likely to be competitive. Past grant recipients have ranged in age from their 20s to their 80s, and there are no age restrictions.

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Proposals

Because ACC’s mission is focused on cultural exchange, grants are primarily made to support travel that results in cultural immersion; meaningful engagement; significant contributions to greater cross-cultural understanding; and peer-to-peer dialogue, relationship-building, or the exchange of knowledge. ACC does not support touring, performance, exhibition, or other types of travel focused on the production of work or audience-driven outcomes. This does not mean that you cannot have an end-goal of creating or showing new work. However, successful proposals will show a strong commitment to engaging in a process of research or discovery.

Because studio residencies are often focused on the creation of new work and may not provide opportunities for engagement outside the studio, these types of proposals tend to be less competitive, though they are not ineligible.

There is no limit on the number of countries you may visit on your grant, but because cultural immersion and deep engagement are priorities, proposals for short trips to a number of different countries may be less competitive. A strong case should be made for why it is necessary to visit each country to carry out the proposed project.

Multiple trips are not allowed except in very rare circumstances and with prior written approval from ACC. This policy is related to the priority we place on long-term, immersive exchange, and so that our funds can be used to support more individuals rather than multiple international airfares. If you believe your proposal warrants an exception, please contact us by email to explain the circumstances before submitting an application.

After grant notification, additional time is required to administer the grant agreement and process payment requests. While applicants are free to begin their projects as early as June 1 in the year after they submitted an application, it is advisable to plan for a later start if project planning cannot take place prior to securing funding, or if the money must be received before activities can begin.

The Individual Fellowship program allows for up to two collaborators, who must apply together on a single application form. If funding is sought for more than two individuals, you may apply in the Organization and Project Grant program if you have official nonprofit/NGO status or fiscal sponsorship through a nonprofit organization/NGO.

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Funding & Budgets

There is no fixed range for fellowship and grant awards. Because some destination countries are more expensive than others, and fellowships may involve travel from one to six months, funding amounts also vary accordingly.

For the New York Fellowship Program, a standard budget calculation is used that is intended to cover all expenses. For Individual Fellowships, Graduate Scholarships, and Organization and Project grants, ACC generally tries to commit enough funding that the proposed activities can happen, though awards might be lower than the amount requested.

If the submitted budget is too small for the scope of the project described, it might appear that you have not done enough research and are not qualified to carry out the project. Your budget should be a realistic estimate of the project costs based on research and your best judgement. If your application is successful, ACC staff may advise you on the final budget or apply standard formulas to determine the award amount.

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Other Questions

Contact information for ACC can be found on the contact page.

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