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Asian Cultural Council Fellowship Program

The Asian Cultural Council supports cultural exchange in the visual and performing arts between Asia, the United States and amongst Asian countries. Applications are accepted from individuals and institutions.

Individual Fellowships

The major focus of the ACC fellowship program is on awarding fellowship to artists, scholars and arts specialists from Asia for study, research, observation and related activities in the United States of America or in another Asian country. American applicants may also apply to conduct similar work in Asia.

Professional Research Programs

Asian applicants may apply for visits to the U.S. to take part in residency programs, to participate in courses and workshops in non-degree programs, and to conduct general research and observation in their field.

Applicants should propose professional activities suitable for their career development.

American applicants may apply for programs of research, training or observation in Asia and must be based in an arts institution that will serve as their local host.

Project and Organization Grants

A limited number of grants may be awarded to institutions for projects involving international exchanges in the arts between Asia, the United States and amongst Asian countries. Grants for projects are usually very modest in size as the ACC’s resources are focused on individual fellowships.

Fields of Award

The fellowship program covers all the visual and performing arts, both contemporary and traditional. Fields of awards include:

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture (design, history and theory)
  • Art History
  • Arts Administration
  • Art Criticism
  • Conservation
  • Crafts
  • Curation
  • Dance
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Film/ Video
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Theater
  • Visual Arts

ACC does not support the following:

  • Activities conducted by individuals in their home countries
  • Capital campaigns or operating costs
  • Commercial and industrial design
  • Production costs (including film, video, touring, etc.)
  • Individual artist exhibitions or performance tours
  • Publications
  • Undergraduate and secondary school study
  • Commercial or for-profit entities
  • Projects retroactively
  • Artist fees

Supported Countries

The Asian Cultural Council grants are open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States of America and the following countries of Asia:










  South Korea


  Macau SAR

  Sri Lanka







East Timor



Hong Kong SAR






how to submit an application

Our application system is now closed. We accept proposals each fall, for grants to be made the following year. Exact dates for our next submission period will be posted on this page.


For applicants from Hong Kong SAR, China and Macau, please contact ACC Hong Kong at +852 2895 0407 or for any questions.

For applicants from other regions and countries, please visit ACC New York website