Application deadline: March 1 for projects the same year

The ArtsLink International Fellowships are focused on community engagement and social practice. Applicants must be ArtsLink International Fellows, who have already undertaken a virtual residency in the US curated by CEC ArtsLink. Please read these guidelines carefully.

CEC ArtsLink accepts applications from all Fellows, who have already undertaken a virtual residency in the US curated by CEC ArtsLink. The residency can have taken place in any year. Awardees and Fellows who have previously received ‘Independent Project’ funds are not eligible.

Support is provided to create new work that draws 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 the local community and to pursue artistic cooperation that will enrich creative or professional development or has potential to expand the community’s access to artists and artistic practices from abroad. Applicants must be citizens of an eligible country.

Incomplete applications or applications lacking the required support materials will not be considered.

ArtsLink International Fellows’ US project applications 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 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 in the US.
  • 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.

The award amount will not exceed $10,000 and cannot be more than 75% of the total project cost. Matching project support can be in- kind support from other project partners.

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.
    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. 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 (download here) 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)

Please submit the following:

– a letter of agreement (UP TO THREE) from principal project partners and collaborators in the United States, briefly describing their agreed role and contribution to the proposed project (ONE-page PDF file for each letter only). Letter(s) must be signed and contain collaborator’s contact details.

These documents can be submitted in online application or sent via email to: info(at)cecartslink(dot)org.

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.

Applications submitted by March 1 will be notified by early June for projects to begin from September 1 of the same year. Fellows need to plan to complete the project by mid-November to be able to travel home via New York City for a concluding session together. Exact dates will be notified to Fellows each year.

After the conclusion of a successful collaborative project in the US, ArtsLink International Fellows should submit a proposal to CEC ArtsLink for co-production support for a project in their home country with US collaborators. These do not need to be in consecutive years. Applications will be available online through

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.

Applications submitted by March 1 will be notified of the decision by early June.

To consult with ArtsLink staff, please contact by phone 212-643-1985 ext. 22 or email at info(at)cecartslink(dot)org

Eligible Countries

Applicants must be citizens of one of the following 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