UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists

Deadline: Deadlines vary according to the institutions/residencies (closest deadline: 15 October, 2012)
Open to: Young artists (between 25 and 35 years old) worldwide who want to develop their creative projects and engage in a cultural diversity dialogue.
Fellowship: Residencies can be taken in one of the institutions which can be seen HERE. UNESCO covers the travel expenses. Visa fees are covered by the applicants


The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists (hereinafter called the Programme) promote the mobility of young artists in order to enrich their personal perspectives, to develop their creative project, enabling them to engage in a cultural diversity dialogue. The Programme offers residencies to young artists (between 25 and 35 years old) worldwide. UNESCO-Aschberg advocates and promotes creativity, highlights cultural exchanges and the need for artists to enrich their experience through contact with other cultures. These residencies are catalysts for the development of artistic expression in all cultures of the world.

The aim of the programme

The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries Programme was integrated in UNESCO’s strategy in 1994 to promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. It aims to provide experience to young artists and to help them complete their training in countries other than their own.

  • The artistic disciplines for which the bursaries are awarded are Creative Writing, Music and Visual Arts. These three fields cover artistic specialisations that drive the creative industries, in particular the recording industries, the organisation of concerts, the audiovisual sector, graphic design and publishing. The countries of the South, which have a rich artistic tradition, can further expand their skills in these fields, and therefore boosting the different sectors of the cultural industry.
  • The Programme strategy is based in UNESCO’s policies to promote creativity and cultural diversity, and so, converges with the goals of the Convention on the Promotion and Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005 Convention)
  • The Programme also gives priority to artists and institutions in developing countries, in order to enhance North-South and South-South cooperation.

How to enter the programme?

The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries Programme offers bursaries for 2013 in the following fields: Creative WritingMusic and Visual Arts. You can access  HERE the Institutions/Residencies to their respective Website. For their 2013 Call for Applications you can click on the deadline dates of the shared page.

When applying, please note to meet all the requirements of your selected bursary and its application deadline. The deadlines vary from one institution to another. Send your complete application file directly to the institution you are applying at. Should you be selected, the institution will inform you directly.

Who can enter?

The bursaries are limited and are awarded on a selective basis. The pre-selection of candidates is carried out by the institutions. Artists must therefore apply directly to the institution of their interest, depending on the discipline and/or country sought. The application file is to be submitted directly to the institution of interest.

General Remarks:

  • Applicants may submit only one application per year and can participate in the Programme only once in their careers.
  • Candidates who are nationals of the country where the chosen institution is located are not eligible.
  • In some cases, a document proving language proficiency is required by the host institution.
  • The institutions pre-select three candidates to submit to UNESCO. It is up to the Organization to take the final decision based on its own criteria: geographical distribution and gender balance.
  • The artist candidates are then informed of their selection by the institutions where they have been granted residency. The respective institution and successful laureate then sign a mutually binding agreement.

Please also read the frequently asked questions section HERE.

For more information please visit the official website.

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