Asialink Arts Residency Program


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Scholarship Description

Each year the Asialink Arts Residency Program sends Australian writers, performers, artists and arts managers to live and work throughout Asia. Since its inception in 1991 the program has sent more than 600 people to hosts in 19 countries. The grant of up to $12,000 goes towards travel, living and project expenses, and affords recipients the opportunity for in-depth research, stimulating cultural exchanges, international collaboration and uninterrupted time for creativity. Current students may apply as long as you will not be enrolled as a student during the time of your residency. See website for more details.



This scholarship is for study in Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Republic of or Vietnam.

Applications are welcome from arts professionals who meet the following criteria. If you do not meet these criteria, you are ineligible to apply:

  • Australian citizens or those who have Permanent Residency status
  • A proven record of professional artistic activity over at least three years
  • Residencies are not for academic study or research, paid study leave or ARC-affiliated projects. Students enrolled in tertiary institutions at the time of their proposed residency are not eligible to apply. This includes PhD candidates.
  • Applicants can submit only one application in any given year
  • Former Asialink residents can apply through the ‘Fellowship’ category in the application. Asialink Arts Residency Alumni are eligible to re-apply 5 years following their initial selection eg. A resident in 2009 or earlier can re-apply this year for 2014. The idea of this Fellowship category is to enable past residents to continue the momentum of their previous residency experiences and projects. This does not mean that past residents must apply to the same host as their initial residency.



Each resident is offered a specific amount of funding and initial contacts in the host country. It is then up to the individual to make as much of the experience as possible and to plan and manage their own program.

Key attributes are the ability to cope with sometimes unusual or difficult situations, and to work successfully in a challenging environment while maintaining good working relationships. The resident’s interest in the host country and an understanding of its customs and cultures are important. Researching the country of interest is essential and language skills are an advantage. It is recommended that successful applicants use their Asialink Arts Residency Grant to undertake language lessons prior to departure.

The resident will be expected to fulfil the proposal set out in their application; undertake specific tasks or projects for the host organisation; network widely to ensure a long term impact from the residency; and make a contribution to the local host and community. This could include taking part in workshops and seminars, and giving talks on Australian arts and culture or the residents’ own work. There is a different idea about working space in Asia – that is, discrete space for an individual is not assumed and resources, such as computers, can be scarce. It is hoped that a working space of some sort will be available but this is not guaranteed.

The resident is encouraged to generate and participate in publicity in the form of interviews and articles both overseas and in Australia.


Payment Information

A travel grant of $6,000 – $12,000 is provided to each resident to assist with residency-related expenses including airfares, accommodation, language lessons, living expenses, materials and production costs. The amount awarded is reflective of the residency period. The minimum and maximum residency periods are 6 weeks and 3 months respectively. The grant amount may vary depending on resources provided by the host organisation. Please refer to the host profiles on the Residency Hosts and Models section of Asialink’s website for more details.

Once selected, it is the residentʼs responsibility to maintain their own budget and contribute funds if necessary. Asialinkʼs grant can only be used for the residentʼs own expenses directly related to the residency and not for expenditure incurred in the residentʼs absence – e.g. rent or mortgage repayments, or to fund accompanying partners or families. The grant is not considered a salary or a fee.

On completion of the residency, the resident must provide a report in the requested format including a financial acquittal, and return any unspent funding.


Application Details

To apply for the Asialink Arts Residency Program please consult the Asialink website.


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