Call for Applications 2020-21 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM The Institute for Advanced Study at CEU (IAS CEU)

November 18, 2019

The Institute for Advanced Study at CEU (IAS CEU) invites applications for its Artist in Residence Program for the academic year 2020/2021. Since 2015, the Artist in Residence Program defines one of the Institute’s core programs and is integral part of its activities. Whereas in some years an annual theme framed the program, the 2020/21 fellowship offers an open call.

To be in residence at IAS CEU means: to work and participate in an academic community, to receive technical and artistic assistance and to be immersed in a vibrant city's cultural life. While in residence, artists benefit from an intense production time enhanced by the exchange of ideas and experiences with fellows of the Institute. The Institute views art and scholarship as complementary rather than separate activities, which interact dynamically and encourage mutual productivity.

Details of the Fellowships

IAS CEU offers annually one Writer in Residence fellowship and one Visual/New Media Artist in Residence fellowship to provide selected artists with opportunities to conceptualize and create new works while providing the fellow community with opportunities for meaningful interaction with working artists in various fields. These two residential fellowships (up to 6 months each with a minimum stay of 3 months) are offered on a competitive basis to artists (international established as well as emerging artists), in creative writing (from poetry and prose to drama, screen and playwriting) and in the visual arts, including new media art (from painting to filming and from digital art to computer graphics to interactive art).

We seek artists who will be able to work independently, have a solid plan of work for their fellowship period and are ready to engage with the intellectual life at the Institute and the university. Artists in residence are expected to participate in the academic life of the community of IAS Fellows, which includes participation in the weekly Fellows’ seminar and a presentation of their own artistic and literary work.

Fellowships include:

A net allowance of EUR 2,000 per month + accommodation in the Raoul Wallenberg Guesthouse, office space at IAS CEU premises as available either of which may serve as a studio, limited equipment and technical support from the CEU Media Lab and some research support in the range of EUR 500 - 1,000. We encourage all applicants for the visual artist fellowship to inquire about existing facilities and technology available.

Awarded fellows are responsible for their own travel arrangements and health insurance. Fellowships may start in October 2020. Fellows are required to be in continuous residence for the duration of the fellowship.

Application criteria:

Applications are expected from writers and artists who
• hold a relevant university degree
• preferably are actively involved in related artistic and academic fields
• have a solid portfolio of artistic projects or writings
• show potential to deepen and grow their creative practice
• demonstrate ability to engage with the IAS community
• are fluent in English.

How to apply?

The deadline for application is November 25, 2019.
All applications must be submitted through our online application system.

Step 1: Prepare your application package: create one pdf file no larger than 12 MBs containing all your application documents. The name of the pdf file should contain your last name, first name and the type of fellowship you are applying for in the following format: Doe, Jane_ AIR_Writer.pdf or Doe, Jane_ AIR_Visual-Media_Artist.pdf

Your application package should contain the following documents:
• CV (max. 4 pages), including a list of published works and/or portfolio (the selection committee might request samples at a later stage)
• Cover letter indicating how the fellowship is beneficial for the artistic project (max. 3 pages)
• Abstract of the project (max. 400 words)
• For visual/media/new media artists: Project plan which describes a concrete project that can be developed while in residence identifying any technical support needed (max. 1,500 words, not counting references; possible additional video material)
• For writers: Work plan while in residence (max. 1,500 words, not counting references)

Step 2: Go to the Application Form for the Academic Year 2020/21 at the IAS CEU website at and fill in all your data as required.

Step 3: As a final step, upload your application package (pdf file), and submit your application.

Please note that you cannot save your work and continue filling in the form at a later time, so you are asked to submit your application when you have all information and materials ready! Incomplete forms, or applications submitted in any other way than what is described in this Call will not be considered.

Please also note that incomplete applications, when either the webform is not filled in or the pdf application package is not included, will not be considered. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your application shortly from IAS. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates, irrespective of their ethnicity, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Selection process

The selection will be based on projects or work proposals submitted, cover letter, artistic record and CV.

The selection committee reviews applications based on quality, originality and artistic merit. Other consideration factors include the potential impact of the residency on the applicant, the applicant’s past accomplishments, and preparedness to undertake the residency. The selection committee reserves the right to request further elaboration of the project when necessary, as well as for letters of recommendation or other relevant documents, and/or a Skype interview.

Application schedule

Application deadline: November 25th, 2019 (midnight, Central European Time).
Successful candidates will be informed in early March 2020.
Enquiries should be sent to

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