Frequently Asked Questions

During which period of the year is the Programme launched?
In the fall of each year, for residencies in the following year.

What are the artistic fields offered by the Programme?
Creative Writing, Music and Visual Arts.

What is the application deadline for UNESCO-Aschberg?
The application deadline for each UNESCO-Aschberg bursary varies from one institution to another. The majority of the deadlines are between mid-October and mid-November. For exact dates please look at the specific residency of interest.

When do residencies start?
Residencies take place all throughout 2014. Most institutions have already specified their residency dates and others prefer to finalize the date with the selected laureate. Please consult each the website of each institution for exact residency dates. 

Why have the artistic fields being offered been limited to Visual Arts, Creative Writing and Music?
The Programme focuses on the disciplines of Visual Arts, Creative Writing and Music, because they are all essential to the development of sustainable cultural and creative industries.

How is the Programme aligned with the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005)?
In the text of the Convention, reference is made to cultural interaction and creativity, awareness of the diversity of cultural expressions, the need to encourage artists in their creation, recognition of the central role artists play in the enrichment of cultural diversity, and support for the development of cultural industries. All of these principles underly the UNESCO-Aschberg Programme.

Are non-professionals eligible to apply?
The Aschberg Bursaries Programme is only intended for professional artists wishing to enrich their careers and by acquiring experience abroad. Students are not eligible.

What are the laureates’ obligations?
The laureates agree to participate in the activities organized and / or offered by the host institution, including the provision of social and cultural services (for example, working with underprivileged children) or participation in activities other than their own projects. The goal of the Programme is to engage artists in a cultural exchange that is beneficial to all.
The laureates must also provide a report at the end of their residency to describe their experience, their interaction with the local community and the benefits they derived from their stay. This testimony will include samples of their work which will be posted online in the Virtual Gallery of the Programme.

What is the duration of the residencies?
The duration of each residency is determined by the host institution, and is at least 1 month and maximum of 3 months.

Is there an age limit?
Candidates must be between 25 to 35 years old.

Where should I send the application file?
Directly to the institution of your choice.

In which language does the application file and registration form need to be completed?
The application file and registration form must be completed in the language required by the institution.

Does the UNESCO-Aschberg Programme provide financial assistance?
The UNESCO Programme works in partnership with institutions hosting artists over short periods at times so that they can realise their cultural and creative project. It is responsible for providing a return ticket to laureates but no other financial help is granted.

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