Application deadline: March 1 for projects starting no sooner than September 1

Fellows seeking project support must have already completed their Online and In Person residencies organized by CEC ArtsLink.

CEC ArtsLink accepts proposals  from Fellows who have already completed their Online and In Person residencies organized by CEC ArtsLink. Phase 1 and 2 can have taken place in any prior year.

Support is provided to create new projects  that draw inspiration from interaction with artists and communities in the US; to establish a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and expertise between artists; arts organizations and Fellows’ communities at home; and to pursue artistic cooperation that will expand the community’s access to artists and artistic practices from abroad. Applicants must be citizens of an eligible country.

All ArtsLink International Fellows’ Home Country Project proposals  will be evaluated by a review panel comprised of US arts professionals based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic or professional excellence of the Fellow’s work
  • Benefit to the Fellow, at this time, in their career, from engagement with US and home country’s artists and communities
  • Fellow’s ability to adequately plan and manage the production and logistical details of the proposed project
  • Extent to which the project builds long term partnerships for the Fellow and their US collaborator.
  • Extent to which the work with a US arts organization is consistent with the applicant’s artistic vision, creative goals and professional development

Fellows are advised to submit new work samples appropriate to the proposed project. Please follow carefully the instructions for submitted work samples in the application. Applicants should make sure their work is properly labeled and that all work samples are fully and succinctly described. Applications that do not include required materials will not be considered.

Applications must be submitted by March 1 for projects that begin after  September 1 of the same year.

We advise preparing the following materials in advance of filling out the application form:

  • Most recent Resume or CV (ONE-page pdf file only)

  • Typed answers to the following questions (300 words maximum for each question):
  1. Detail how this project builds on the initial residency experience and on the subsequent US Project.
  2. Explain how this project utilizes or extends your experience of community engagement.
  3. Explain how this project relates to your personal artistic vision and/or creative goals. 
  4. Working with international partners can present unique logistical and cross-cultural challenges. How will you deal with them? Please, include information on how you will address language differences. What prior experiences are relevant?
  5. What do you hope will be the impact or benefits of the project to you and the community involved, and how will you evaluate this?

  • Budget Form
    You will be asked to upload the completed Project Budget Form when you fill out the application.
  • Project Summary and Description
    Short summary of the proposed project (100 words maximum)
    Full description of the proposed project (500 words maximum)

You are required to submit work samples, which are a critical part of your application. Because of the limited time available for the review panel, you are encouraged to prepare a well-organized presentation that exhibits your work in the best possible way.

Work samples should be recent (no more than 5 years old), preferably of work that is technically or conceptually relevant to your current work. Work samples in a language other than English must be accompanied by a synopsis or translation.

You can upload your work samples when you complete the online application form. Please include the following information about each sample: title, date, medium, dimensions/duration, your role and short description (no more than 4 sentences).

List the work samples in the order in which you would like to have them viewed. For large files, please, use Internet services capable to transfer large-sized data, like Dropbox or WeTransfer. You also may submit links to your video or audio files on YouTube, Soundcloud or Vimeo. If you use Dropbox or WeTransfer to send a large file, please provide an external link accompanied by the file’s description. Samples submitted without proper descriptions will be subject to rejection.

Please label your materials with your full name identical to how it appears on your application.


Up to 10 images in JPEG format.

  • The file name should be in the following format: Number_LastName_Title (e.g. 01_Smith_Untitled 1, 02_Smith_Untitled 2, etc.).
  • Each image file should be no larger than 2 MB.
  • Submit individual image files only – NO PowerPoint, PDF or Keynote presentations will be accepted.

Two different 3-5 minute video/audio samples.

  • Submit links to your video or audio files on YouTube, Soundcloud or Vimeo. Indicate the time cues for the segment that best represents the entire work. 
  • The maximum file size for uploaded video or audio files is 20MB. (For larger file size, please, use Internet services capable to transfer large files, like Dropbox or WeTransfer. Files submitted vie Internet services must be accompanied by Work Sample Sheet)
  • Indicate the time cues for the segment that best represents the entire work.

One copy of an entire or excerpted original manuscript in English translation, not to exceed twenty pages for prose or ten pages for poetry. Any pages submitted over the limit will not be reviewed. One sample publication may also be submitted in electronic format but is not mandatory.

  • All pages of the manuscript should be double spaced with standard margins on white paper.
  • Label each page clearly with your name and page number in the upper right-hand corner.

For arts leaders and curators

Please submit digitized examples of published, professional writing or documentation of your work as an arts professional. You may also submit digitized items of descriptive literature about the organization(s) you represent (pdf documents of catalogues, brochures, press materials, etc.) All work samples should be accompanied by a description of the materials presented and your involvement in their content development, design and/or distribution (i.e. manager of the program, designer or developer of brochure, general organizational information). Work samples in a language other than English should be accompanied by an English synopsis or translation.

The award amount will not exceed $7,500 and cannot be more than 50% of the total project cost. Matching project support can be in- kind support from other project partners.

At the conclusion of each year of the Fellowship, each Fellow will be required to submit a brief report that discusses the experience, research, and project activities and their impact on his or her professional development. Digital images of a sampling of activity are also required.

ArtsLink International Fellowship applicants who apply by March 1 will be notified of the review panel’s decision by the end of June.

To consult with ArtsLink staff, please make an initial contact by email at info(at)cecartslink(dot)org

Eligible Countries

Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan