The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) makes fellowships and grants to support cultural exchange in the arts for practicing artists, scholars, and arts professionals.

Priority is given to process-driven activities that enable cultural immersion, relationship-building, collaboration, or the exchange of knowledge among peers. Examples of process-driven activities include research, training, study, and exploration. ACC fellowships and grants are not intended for production-focused activities such as touring, performing, exhibiting, publishing, or making work.

Individual Fellowship Program

The Individual Fellowship Program supports individuals (and up to one additional collaborator) pursuing research projects or other forms of creative inquiries across cultures. This may take the form of observation tours, specialized training, dissertation fieldwork, or other non-commercial creative, scholarly, or professional activity.

Graduate Scholarship

ACC gives a small number of scholarships each year to students admitted to a graduate degree program in the U.S. in an eligible field. This funding is intended to cover travel and living expenses related to graduate study; tuition costs are not supported by this grant. Graduate scholarships are awarded for one academic year with the possibility of renewal; applicants may request up to two additional years of funding in their initial application

Eligibility (2023)

  • Citizens of China, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, and Macau SAR
  • Eligible fields: Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Arts Administration, Arts Criticism, Conservation, Crafts, Curation, Dance, Ethnomusicology, Film/Video/Photography, Literature (Japan only), Museum Studies, Music, Theater, Visual Art
  • Eligible travel destinations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Mainland China, East Timor, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, United States

The next global funding cycle will open in Fall 2023.

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