ArtsLink International Fellowships
Phase 3 (by invitation): Project in Home Country

Co-production support enables Fellows to realize projects at home, in collaboration with US non-profit arts organizations and/or individual artists

After completing the Online and In Person Residencies, a small number of ArtsLink International Fellows are invited to apply for co-production support to undertake projects wherever they call home, in collaboration with US non-profit arts organizations and/or individual artists. By developing a project with their new collaborators, Fellows, hosts and other engaged artists catalyze transnational networks and share their practices more widely. Furthermore, after their own residency experience, Fellows are able to host their US counterparts, inviting them into new, rich contexts for their own work.

Support is provided to create a new work or project 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 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.

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

This opportunity is for the Fellows from the most recent cohort by invitation, upon completing the Online and In Person Residencies, as the third and final phase of their ArtsLink Fellowship. Fellows from prior years or artists not involved in the AIF program are not eligible for this home project support.

The invited Fellows will communicate directly with our Program Director, Fellowships with the following details:

  • Please describe the project you would like to create in your home country, including its relationship to your US in-person residency.
  • Please indicate project partner organizations or individuals and their role(s).
  • Please include a summary budget detailing your financial need (up to $7500) as well as other funding partners. Keep in mind, these are co-creation funds and should not be more than 50% of the total project cost. Matching project support can be in- kind support (space, time, materials, resources, etc.) from other project partners.
Materials are due to our Program Director, Fellowships no later than March 1

Director, choreographer and dancer Ibrahim Abdo holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. During his study at the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center, Ibrahim worked with various styles from traditional dances, martial arts, and Sufi whirling to Tahtib, kung-fu, muay thai, and Khatak. He started his own research on the state of flow through movement in different cultures and completed two residency programs at the Alanus University in Germany investigating the concept of flow as understood in Eurythmy studies. In 2015 he participated in a series of meetings and residencies between Egyptian and Italian choreographers resulting in a newly choreographed piece Green Leaves Are Gone.

Ibrahim adamantly believes in self-re-creation. He explores this practice in numerous social development initiatives that involve both professional art makers and members of communities whose lives are not connected to arts professionally. His interests during the residency in the US occupy a broad spectrum – from art practices in Native American communities and sustainability of the US arts organizations to dance practices in underprivileged communities.


Visual artist and designer Yosra El Gazzar merges expressive qualities of art with the communicative power of design, to visually investigate, question, and narrate our socio- and geo-political realities. Yosra has been the lead designer with Visualizing Palestine since 2016, an organization that uses data-led visual stories to present factual narratives of the Palestinian-Israeli issue, along with other social justice topics.

Yosra is a fellow of DOX BOX, the Moutheqat Women in Documentary fellowship in Tunisia. She started her career with the project The Flat Earth, which was featured at the Global Grad Show in Dubai in 2016. Since then, she participated in a number of exhibitions in Cairo, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Amman, Beirut and Toronto. Her video series So Close Yet So Far was widely acclaimed when released in 2020. During her residency in the US Yosra is interested in being immersed in Arab communities who have been settled for many years, and also to explore how the surveillance space and social and economic injustice impact those communities.


Dance, Theater

Artist and cultural manager and producer Brigitta Kovács dedicates her work to support emerging artists in developing their career, finding collaborators, funding, presentation opportunities locally and internationally. Besides providing management support for artists she has a strong focus on the development of the contemporary performing arts scene as a whole. In 2019 she was selected for the SuSy Cultural Management program of Workshop Foundation and has been working in close collaboration with them ever since creating better conditions for the artists. Coming from a business background she was working on finding new business models for NGOs in the performing arts sector in Hungary and improving their access to international funding and markets.

During her residency in the US, Brigitta is keen to explore different managerial approaches and initiate a collective reflection on innovative fundraising strategies, organization structures, and the means to successfully engage with audiences, partners and communities.


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Choreographer, cultural manager and disability advocate Monika Požek is a founder of MeetShareDance Association, an inclusive dance and performing arts organization that works between Ljubljana, Slovenia and Madrid, Spain. The association aims to promote best accessibility practices in the field of inclusive arts and to foster an International Dance Network for individuals and groups working with dance and disability. Monika organizes the international inclusive dance Festival MeetShareDance since 2012. Produced annually in the European cities Madrid, Ljubljana, Dublin, Berlin, Helsinki, Porto, and Belfast, the festival has brought together more than 600 dancers and choreographers with and without disabilities.

Monika is interested in digital innovation and dance and showing the possibilities of diverse bodies.  Her work includes numerous choreographies presented in Slovenia and internationally. Believing in dance as a unique language accessible to everyone, she is keen to dedicate her residency to exploring communities of senior citizens, and people with terminal conditions. Monika also intends to further her research in the crossing points between the arts and theory in anatomy and medicine.


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, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

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