Kingsley Ng (2013 Fellow)

information & deadline


The 2022 Mainland China/Hong Kong/Macau Exchange Program will open for applications from November 1 to December 1, 2021 11:59 p.m.

The following application guidelines apply to applicants residing in mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR

Applicants are strongly recommended to read the following guidelines carefully before completing the application.

  1. Overview
  2. Guidelines for Specific Program
    1. New York Fellowship
    2. Individual Fellowship
    3. Graduate Scholarship
    4. Organization Grant
  3. How to Apply

 

i. overview

The Asian Cultural Council awards fellowships and grants to support cultural exchange in the arts for practicing artists, scholars, and arts professionals. The following are the general eligibility requirements for applicants from mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR.  For applicants from other countries/regions, please refer to the Asian Cultural Council website.

 

Individual applicants (those applying to the New York Fellowship, Individual Fellowship and Graduate Scholarship)

  • must reside in or be citizens of mainland China, Hong Kong SAR or Macau SAR
  • must be practicing artists, humanities scholars, or arts professionals in an eligible field (listed below)

 

Organization and project applicants

  • must be based in mainland China, Hong Kong SAR or Macau SAR
  • must be a registered nonprofit or NGO
  • may apply ACC funding for specific project participants who meet all the individual applicant eligibility criteria described above

In order to be competitive, applicants must not only be eligible, but must also be a good fit for ACC’s program priority, support services and available funds. Please read all the sections below to understand these factors before deciding to submit an application. After reading this overview, you will find more detailed guidelines on each respective fellowship and grant section, and answers to common questions in the FAQ. Applicants who have not studied this information are less likely to submit a competitive proposal.

 

Eligible Fields

Archaeology
Architecture*
Art History
Arts Administration
Arts Criticism
Conservation
Crafts
Curation
Dance
Ethnomusicology
Film/Video/Photography
Music
Theater
Visual Art

* for design, aesthetic theory, and/or aesthetic history only; projects with an economic, social, scientific, or technological focus are not eligible


Program priority

Priority is given to process-driven activities that enable cultural immersion, relationship-building, collaboration, or the exchange of knowledge among peers. Examples of process-driven activities include research, training, study, and exploration. ACC fellowships and grants are not intended for production-focused activities such as touring, performing, exhibiting, publishing, or making work.

Support services

In addition to funding, ACC offers logistical and programmatic support to its fellowship and grant recipients. The level of support varies by fellowship or grant type and by destination country. Support may include (a) recommendations of sites to visit or activities to participate in; (b) personal introductions to relevant contacts; (c) J-1 visa sponsorship for individuals traveling to the U.S.; and (d) access to the global ACC community of alumni and partners. ACC has supported over 6,000 exchanges since 1964. By combining funding with advice, feedback, and personal introductions, ACC's program builds relationships that strengthen cross-cultural ties beyond the duration of the grant.


Eligible Destination Countries/Regions

Unless otherwise specified in the program-specific guidelines, ACC fellowship and grant programs in Hong Kong support travels between mainland China/Hong Kong SAR/Macau SAR and one or more eligible destination countries/regions listed below.  Funding cannot be used for any activities that take place in the individual’s country of primary residence except for travel between mainland China and Hong Kong SAR/Macau SAR.

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

 

Allowable Use of Funding

Fellowship and grant funds may be used for costs associated with travel and research required for cultural exchange. Research is broadly defined as any activities in pursuit of creative, scholarly, or professional inquiry, and may take many different forms. The following examples of allowable expenses are not a complete list and are given as a general guideline only:

  • Allowable travel expenses may include international airfare, local transportation, visas, travel insurance, accommodations, traveler's health insurance, and living expenses.
  • Allowable research expenses may include admission fees and tickets to cultural institutions and events, fees for classes or workshops, and modest translator fees.*

*Projects requiring the extensive use of paid translators are unlikely to be funded.

ACC funding cannot be used for:

  • Activities that do not involve travel
  • Commercial and industrial design
  • Commercial activity or commercial artists of any kind
  • Production costs (including exhibitions, tours, film production, and publication)
  • Arts in education
  • Undergraduate or secondary school study
  • Graduate school tuition costs
  • Projects taking place outside the funding period
  • Regranting programs

 

Below is a list of fellowship and grant programs:

New York Fellowship
A six-month fellowship program based in New York City, with comprehensive logistical and programmatic support from ACC staff. Fellowships may involve targeted research projects, open-ended exploration or cultural immersion.

Individual Fellowship
One- to six-month fellowships for individuals, or up to two collaborators, undertaking self-directed research. Partial funding may be requested for longer dissertation research trips. Programmatic support from ACC staff is available as needed.

Graduate Scholarship
A living stipend for students from Asia pursuing graduate degrees in the U.S., with priority given to students who do not have access to comparable programs at home, and to those studying in fields that are underrepresented in their home country.

Organization Grant
Funding for organizations to facilitate cultural exchange opportunities for individual project participants. All applicants must be registered non-profit organizations. The duration and scope of projects may range.

 

ii. guidelines for specific program

 

In addition to the general eligibility guidelines described above, the following guidelines are currently in effect for each program:

 

1. New York Fellowship Program

Length: 6 months
Schedule: 2 annual cohorts starting in July and January
Funding period: June 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023
Who: artists, humanities scholars, arts professionals
Eligible Fields: all fields
Travel Type: Asia-to-U.S.
Support Services: housing, J-1 visa sponsorship, health insurance, programmatic guidance


Program Description                                                                                                                  

ACC provides full funding and comprehensive logistical and programmatic support so that fellows have the time and freedom to immerse themselves in the cultural life of New York City. Fellows may seek new creative inspiration through open-ended exploration, participate in workshops or training programs, or conduct focused research. A group of fellows from Asia participate in the program at any given time, forming a supportive community and providing additional opportunities for dialogue and collaboration across regions and fields.

ACC Support Services

ACC staff will provide guidance and help arrange a program of activities tailored to the individual goals and interests of each ACC fellow. This may include:

  • an orientation to New York City and regular advice on cultural events, resources, and other opportunities
  • introductions to relevant contacts in the ACC network and help requesting meetings outside the ACC network
  • assistance planning travel to other parts of the country
  • placement in an institutional program* or with a dedicated advisor
  • opportunities to reflect through meetings with staff and presentations to other fellows in the program

*At ACC’s discretion, selected visual artists and curators may be placed in a studio or non-studio residency as a site for community, dialogue, and expert recommendations about New York’s art scene. Artists are not expected to create new work or seek gallery representation, and the program does not offer support for these activities.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

Applicants may apply with a focused research project, but open-ended exploration is also allowed and encouraged. Examples of common activities include:

  • observing contemporary trends in an art practice or best practices in a professional field
  • exploring across fields or disciplines
  • seeking creative inspiration by attending performances, exhibitions, or other cultural events
  • participating in conferences, specialized workshops or training
  • meeting peers to exchange knowledge and ideas
  • travelling to other parts of the U.S.

To be selected for the program, applicants must:

  • show artistic, scholarly, or professional excellence and potential for continued growth
  • be positioned to share their fellowship experience or its outcomes to influence a larger community or field
  • be independent, resourceful, curious, open-minded, and eager to explore outside the boundaries of their training
  • demonstrate compelling need for this opportunity at this specific time in their life and career
  • speak enough English to participate in conversation and form relationships

Once selected, fellows are expected to:

  • commit to the program schedule after a start date has been set and minimize outside commitments during the program
  • take the initiative to pursue interests and follow up on staff recommendations

Please note the following restrictions:

  • This program is not intended for creating new work, exhibiting, performing, presenting, or other public activities.
  • New York Fellowships should be completed in a single trip. ACC funding may not be used for multiple international airfares to the US, except in rare cases with prior written approval from ACC.
  • Previous participants in the six-month New York Fellowship Program are not eligible to reapply.
  • For travel to the U.S. lasting less than six months, applicants should apply for the Individual Fellowship Program, even if they plan to spend that time in New York.

 

 

2. Individual Fellowship Program

Length: 1-6 months*
Funding Period: June 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023
Who: artists, humanities scholars, arts professionals
Eligible Fields: all fields
Travel Type: Asia-to-U.S., intra-Asia
Eligible Destinations: all countries/regions
Support Services: vary by destination country

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


Program Description

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.

ACC Support Services

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, 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

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

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

Once 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 Individual 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

 

 

3. Graduate Scholarship Program

Length: one year + opportunity to renew
Funding Period: June 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023
Who: artists, humanities scholars, arts professionals pursuing graduate-level degrees
Eligible Fields: all fields
Travel Type: Asia-to-U.S. only
Support Services: general support as needed


Program Description

ACC gives a small number of scholarships each year to students who have been admitted to a graduate degree program in the U.S. in an eligible field. This funding may be used for travel and living expenses, but it will not be sufficient to cover full tuition costs. Applicants who have not yet received an admission offer are welcome to apply, but ACC must receive proof of admission before funding can be awarded. Priority is given to applicants who choose to study abroad because comparable programs are not available in their home country, and to those working in fields that are underrepresented in their home country. By enabling access to academic training for international students, ACC aims to contribute to the diversification of scholarly narratives and critical discourse.

Although funding is only awarded for one year at a time, recipients may reapply in successive years and are likely to receive renewed support if they remain a student in good standing.


ACC Support Services

ACC staff are available to offer guidance and support as needed to fill in gaps in university student services. Graduate scholarship recipients are also invited to participate in ACC’s broader community whenever possible, both during and after the period of funding. 

Support may include:

  • opportunities to engage with the community of current ACC fellows and graduate students and the alumni network
  • personal introductions to relevant contacts within ACC’s network of alumni and partners throughout Asia and the U.S.
  • help accessing information related to living and studying in the U.S.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

To be selected, applicants must:

  • show a track record of artistic, scholarly, or professional excellence and potential for continued growth
  • be positioned to use their education to influence a larger community or field
  • represent an artistic practice, profession, or field of scholarship that is underserved by graduate programs or underrepresented in their home country
  • apply to graduate programs independently and send ACC proof of acceptance as soon as possible

Once selected, graduate scholarship recipients are expected to:

  • matriculate or continue in a degree-granting graduate program during the funding period described above

Please note the following restrictions:

  • Degree programs in education are not eligible, even if the focus is arts-related.
  • Commercial degree programs, and applicants with a commercial arts background, are not eligible.
  • ACC cannot recommend specific graduate programs or help prospective students with their applications to graduate school.

 

 

 

4. Organization Grant

Length: varies
Funding Period: June 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023
Who: organizations
Eligible Fields: all fields
Travel Type: Asia-to-U.S., intra-Asia
Support Services: vary by destination country


Program Description

Organization grants are awarded primarily to support cultural exchange opportunities for specific project participants who will benefit from the experience as individual fellowship recipients do – through cultural immersion, research, specialized training, exchange of knowledge among peers, and other process-oriented activities. Project participants must be practicing artists, scholars, and/or arts professionals. Touring, performance, exhibition, and public-facing activities are not eligible, though these activities might make up the larger context in which ACC-eligible exchange activities take place.


ACC Support Services

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 in this program should be feasible with or without additional guidance from ACC.

On request, ACC may provide:

  • 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.
  • J-1 visa sponsorship for project participants traveling to the U.S.
  • funding for organizational overhead (not more than 20% of the project budget)

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

To be selected, applicants must:

  • be a registered nonprofit organization/NGO in their respective jurisdiction
  • request funding for specific project participants who meet the criteria described in the general eligibility guidelines in the Overview above
  • describe how project participants will benefit from their involvement and the importance of their participation to the larger goals of cultural exchange

Please note the following restrictions:

  • ACC funding cannot be used for artwork commission fees, production expenses.
  • Production, creating new work, and audience-driven outcomes are not a priority.
  • Applications that do not name individual project participants and include their biographies and work samples will not be considered.

 

 

iii. how to apply

Before deciding to apply, please read Overview and the guidelines specific to each program above to see if you are eligible.

The summaries below describe important application dates and the materials required for each program.

 

Important Dates

For applicants from mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR, please note of the 2022 application cycle:

 

November 1, 2021

Application opens

December 1, 2021 11:59 p.m.

Deadline to submit an application

December 1, 2021 11:59 p.m.

Deadline for recommenders to submit letters of recommendation

April 1, 2022

Deadline for Graduate Scholarship applicants to confirm acceptance to an academic program

June 2022

Award decisions finalized and applicants notified of results

June 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023

Funding period (fellowships/grants must begin within this period)

 

Application materials *Forms will be available in November 2021*

Applicants are invited to submit an application form duly completed with work samples before the deadline.  Please note the following in submitting the application:

  • Application should be completed in English or Chinese. If submitted in Chinese, applicants are required to submit an English translation of the application. 
  • Work samples may include images, video, or text of the project participant(s)’ past work
  • All necessary documents with the application form should be attached in one e-mail and send it to applications@asianculturalcouncil.org.hk. The email message should not exceed 20 MB.

 

Enquiries

For enquiries, please contact Ms. Mui at 28950407 or email jmui@acc.org.hk.