Fulbright Initiative for Flemish Artists

Beginning in the 2018-2019 application cycle, the Fulbright Commission in Brussels will be offering a unique opportunity for professional Flemish artists to spend up to a full year in the United States as recipients of a Fulbright Scholarship.

The purpose of this Fulbright Arts Initiative is to give professional Flemish artists an opportunity to work in residence and to conduct career-launching projects in their field in the United States at an eligible U.S. institution. This award is open to practicing/working artists in any field of fine arts, performance, creative writing, music, dance, theater, cinematography, photography, and digital arts. The grant would support projects of 4 to 12 months in length. No output obligations are required but applicants do have to submit a detailed project proposal of their goals during the application. Selection criteria include, but are not limited to, quality of motivation, growth potential of work, contribution and growth path of artist.  The Fulbright Program includes support for certain costs related to the residency, such as accident and sickness insurance, J-1 visa support, and a one-time travel allowance of 1,000€.

Eligibility Requirements and Application Procedure

Applications can be submitted once a year via the Fulbright online application system, which opens annually on 15 September and closes at noon on 1 December.

Application link: https://iie.embark.com/apply/visitingscholars 

In order to be considered eligible for the Fulbright Program, applicants will need to include an official letter of invitation from an educational institution and/or cultural organization in the U.S. in their application. Eligible host intuitions include but are not limited to museums, libraries, post-secondary accredited academic institutions, or similar types of institutions, as well as nonacademic institutions of a highly specialized nature. Nonprofit institutions with primary goals to advance learning, scholarly research or promote international cooperation, are also eligible host institutions.  Please note, commercial enterprises or profit-making entities are not supportable host institutions.

In addition to support from the Fulbright Program, resident artists can apply for a grant or a project subsidy in the frame of the Arts Decree in order to cover additional costs related to the residency, such as living and material costs.

Learn More

To learn more about subsidies available for Flemish artists, please visit the website of Arts Flanders. Questions about the Fulbright Initiative for Flemish Artists should be addressed to Fulbright Program Manager for Scholars Marijke Hendrickx at fulbright@fulbright.be