Individual Fellowship

Applications are currently closed.

In addition to the general eligibility guidelines described on the Fellowships & Grants page, the following guidelines are currently in effect for this program:

Length: 1-6 months*
Funding Period: Varies by application cycle
Who: Artists, humanities scholars, arts professionals
Eligible Fields: Eligible fields
Travel Type: Asia-to-U.S., U.S.-to-Asia, intra-Asia
Applications invited from: Varies by application cycle
Eligible Destinations: Eligible countries / regions
Support Services: Vary by destination country

*Dissertation fieldwork lasting longer than 6 months is also eligible but may not be fully funded

The Individual Fellowship Program supports individuals—or up to two collaborators—pursuing research or creative inquiry across cultures. This may take the form of observation tours, specialized training, dissertation fieldwork, or other non-commercial creative, scholarly, or professional activity. As in all ACC programs, the emphasis is on process-driven activities that enable cultural immersion, dialogue, relationship-building, collaboration, or the exchange of knowledge among peers.

Support services are intended to enhance a proposed plan of activity, give increased access to artistic communities and cultural resources in the destination country, and deepen the cultural exchange experience. However, proposals should be feasible with or without additional guidance from ACC. Support may include:

  • Personal introductions to relevant contacts within ACC’s network of alumni and partners throughout Asia and the U.S.; this network touches all 26 countries in ACC’s geographic purview and is especially strong where ACC has offices: Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, and the U.S.
  • Recommendations of sites to visit or activities to participate in
  • J-1 visa sponsorship and health insurance for travel to the U.S.
  • Advice and recommendations about housing, where possible

If you are eligible to apply for an ACC fellowship, your application will be reviewed by a panel of experts. The criteria below will be used to evaluate the strength of each proposal.

Criteria Evaluation

1. Artistic / Professional Excellence (20%)

  • Outstanding artistic qualifications and achievements
  • Strong potential for future success

2. Leadership Capacity (20%)

  • History of leadership roles
  • Intention to continue building leadership capacity
3. Innovativeness / Creative Thinking (20%)
  • Demonstrated innovativeness/creative thinking in past work and in the fellowship proposal
4. Connecting Communities (20%)
  • Enriched community life through artistic work
  • Engaged with communities
  • Demonstrated potential for building community partnerships in the future
5. Contribution to Knowledge within the Field (10%)
  • Made significant contributions to artistic field
  • Intends to make contributions in the future through the fellowship experience
6. Building Arts Resources and Infrastructure (10%)
  • Made significant contributions to the development of skills, expertise, arts infrastructure, or field in the host country or home country

To be selected, applicants must:

  • Show artistic, scholarly, or professional excellence and potential for continued growth
  • Be positioned to share their fellowship experience or the outcomes of their research to influence a larger community or field
  • Demonstrate compelling need for this opportunity at this specific time in their life and career
  • Be independent, resourceful, and open to cultural exchange experiences beyond the specific goals of the fellowship activities
  • Demonstrate the feasibility of their proposal, including consideration of the accessibility of communities or cultural resources of interest, and the logistics of transportation, accommodations, language barriers, and budget

If selected, fellows are expected to:

  • Begin their fellowship travel within the funding period described above
  • Notify ACC of any changes in their fellowship plans

Please note the following restrictions: 

  • Collaborators must submit a single application to ACC and must plan to travel together; separate trips by each individual are not permitted. Financial support for collaborative fellowships is not likely to be larger than an individual fellowship, so successful applications tend to be those proposing a shorter period of travel
  • All fellowships should be completed in a single trip. ACC funding may not be used for multiple international airfares to the same region or country, except in rare cases with prior written approval from ACC
  • This program is not intended for creating new work, exhibiting, performing, presenting, or other public activities
  • Funding amounts are calculated based on the proposed destination country(ies) and length of travel, and are subject to revision if plans change significantly after the fellowship is awarded
  • For dissertation research longer than six months, applicants must indicate additional prospective funding sources

Refer to the Fellowships & Grants page for an explanation of the allowable use of funds and other general information. Frequently asked questions are answered in the FAQ.

How to Apply

Please note that applications for the latest funding cycle were due on March 31, 2022. Updated guidelines will be posted here when the next application cycle opens.