Can artists from any country apply?

A: Yes, artists from any country may apply.

Can artists from any artistic discipline/practice apply?

A: Yes, artists from any artistic discipline/practice may apply. This includes visual artists, filmmakers, writers, theater artists, performance artists, composers, musicians, choreographers, traditional artists, etc.

What types of threat qualify?

A: Any threat of persecution or violence due to an artist’s practice, identity, or beliefs would qualify. This includes intimidation, harassment, repression, censorship, unjust punishment and violence arising out of an artist’s work, and/or exercise of her/his fundamental human rights. APF may also make a limited number of awards to artists facing general insecurity, instability, or civil conflict that affects the whole population of a country or region.

Does APF support individual projects or programs?

A: No, the APF does not award fellowships based on financial need alone, and it does not fund individual art projects and/or programs. Also note: The APF does not provide emergency COVID-19 relief (see Alternative Resources).

Do students qualify?

A: No, APF does not award fellowships to students seeking financial support to continue their academic studies.

Does APF support graduate study?

A: APF does not award fellowships for degree-granting programs or to artists whose primary purpose is to continue their graduate training.

Must the artist have an exhibition record?

A: The quality and extent of an applicant’s accomplishments in the arts are an important factor in the review of their application.

Is English proficiency required?

A: No, preference is given to applicants with advanced ability in the language of the host country/institution.

Is an artist's legal or immigration status a qualifying factor?

A: No, an artist may be considered for a fellowship regardless of their legal or immigration status; however, if an artist holds legal status in a safe country outside their home country, this will be considered in the overall review of an application. During the fellowship period, an artist will need the appropriate legal or immigration status to work in their host country.

Can an artist apply from any location?

A: Yes, applicants may apply from any location. Priority is given to applicants who face immediate security threats.

Does APF take into consideration the length of time that an applicant has been out of his/her home country?

A: Given the limits on available resources for fellowships, priority is given to candidates who have been displaced or in exile for less than two years.

Can an artist with legal dependents apply?

A: Yes, the APF supports awarded Fellows’ spouses as well as children under the age of 21. No pets of any kind are allowed or included.

Can artist collectives apply?

A: Yes, artist collectives are encouraged to apply, although each artist is required to submit an individual application.

How long is the Fellowship term?

A: APF Fellowships are for up to one year.

How long is the timeline from application to award decision?

A: Complete application cases that successfully meet APF requirements are prepared for submission to the APF Selection Committee. The Committee meets no more than twice a year; therefore, applicants should consider that they may not receive a formal decision on their application for six months or more, depending on the timing of their submission.

How long is the timeline from award to placement?

A: APF is not an emergency relocation program. Successfully awarded Fellows may need to await host institution placement for 6-12 months upon notification of their APF award. Placement times can also vary depending on the uncertain nature of visa processing worldwide.

How is the Fellowship award distributed?

A: In most cases, Fellowship awards are disbursed to the selected host institution, to be administered to the Fellow in the form of a stipend.

How are host partners identified? What factors are involved in an artist’s placement at a host institution?

A: Host partners may be identified by APF staff, awarded Fellows, or interested and participating host institutions. APF staff evaluates individual placement on a case-by-case basis, and assesses many factors including the Fellow’s language ability in the host institution country, accessibility of legal immigration methods, availability of key mentorship teams, and opportunity for the Fellow to evolve their practice and network. APF reserves the right to determine final placement for the awarded Fellow.

What qualifies as a host partner?

A: Awarded Fellows may undertake their Fellowships at academic institutions, cultural centers, arts organizations or residencies in any safe country. The host institution is an essential collaborator, providing the APF Fellow with professional and personal support during the Fellowship, including matching the APF financial support with substantive in-kind resources such as housing, studio space, materials/supplies, and access to programming and networking opportunities.

What are the responsibilities of the host institution?

A: Host institutions are required to match the APF financial grant with various types of in-kind and/or financial support, including visa sponsorship, housing, studio space, materials/supplies, and access to programming and networking. Beyond providing this elemental support, APF also asks that hosts take a vital role in ensuring the overall wellbeing of an APF Fellow in residence through frequent access to mentoring, personal and professional guidance, and social services, as needed.