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What is the Artist Protection Fund (APF)?

The Artist Protection Fund (APF) is a three-year pilot program at the Institute of International Education, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The APF makes life-saving fellowship grants to threatened artists from any field of artistic endeavor, and places them at host universities and arts centers in safe countries where they can continue their work.

How can my organization help?

The Institute welcomes expressions of interest from arts organizations around the world interested in hosting threatened artists. Hosts can be traditional university art education programs and arts residencies, as well as arts centers, performing arts organizations and less traditional artistic communities. Hosts will be requested to match the fellowship support, through contributions that may include housing, studio space, art supplies, and other support from their networks.

I'm a threatened artist. How can I apply?

The Institute welcomes inquiries from threatened artists directly or from individuals or institutions nominating threatened artists for support. APF is for artists who are facing or have recently fled from immediate, severe, and targeted threats to their lives and/or careers in their home countries or countries of residence.

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  • Online Application is Open

    Applications and submissions are accepted at any time throughout the year, on a rolling basis.

    Upcoming Deadline:
    Please check back in the coming months for the next application deadline.

    To read more about the APF (including eligibiliy criteria and application instructions) in:

    Arabic (عربي) please click here

    French (français) please click here

    Spanish (español) please click here

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