CEC ARTSLINK - US fellowships


Trainings & Fellowships

Location (s):

  • United States of America


The ArtsLink International Fellowships program supports pioneering artists, curators, and arts leaders from our network countries in developing community engaged practices in the US and at home. The multi-year Fellowship begins with a virtual six-week research residency hosted by leading arts organizations in the US, including Puerto Rico, and supports the resulting collaborative projects in the US and the artists’ home countries. This unique 3-year approach fosters a long-term dialogue between artists and citizens across nations vital to the building of a global civil, compassionate and equitable society.



ArtsLink International Fellows are expected to participate in a research residency for a six-week period from early October to mid November. All participants – both applicants from overseas and US host organizations – must be able to accommodate this residency schedule. The Residency includes sessions for all ArtsLink International Fellows to meet with each other and with ArtsLink staff: one prior to the research residency to orient the Fellows to the Fellowship program and one at the conclusion to share practice and residency experiences. These opening and closing sessions offer an important opportunity for the Fellows to interact and strengthen contacts with their peers and colleagues.

Placement Process

Applicants who have been selected by the review panel are matched by ArtsLink staff with arts organizations across the US that can provide a research residency experience appropriate to each candidate’s professional skills and goals. The candidate’s professional interests and contacts are carefully evaluated to ensure the best available opportunity for each ArtsLink Fellow. While we take geographical and organizational preferences into consideration, Fellows should be prepared to fulfill their residency in any of the fifty US states and US territories. In order to provide each group of Fellows with exposure to the geographic and cultural diversity of the US, we seek as broad a range of host sites as possible.


At the conclusion of each year of the Fellowship, each Fellow will be required to submit a brief report that discusses the experience, research, and project activities and their impact on his or her professional development. Digital images of a sampling of activity are also required.

Subsequent projects

After the conclusion of a successful research residency, ArtsLink International Fellows should submit a proposal to CEC ArtsLink for co-production support for a subsequent collaborative project in the US, and then subsequently a project in their home country with US collaborators. These do not need to be in consecutive years. Applications will be available online through www.cecartslink.org.


ArtsLink International Fellowship applicants who apply in November will be notified of the review panel’s decision by the end of the following March.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

CEC ArtsLink will accept applications from contemporary artists, curators, and arts leaders whose work is informed by community engagement processes or social practice. Applicants must be citizens of one of our network countries.  If you are living outside the region temporarily, please contact ArtsLink staff to discuss your eligibility.  There are no age limitations. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of English to function independently in the US.

Undergraduate students, non-professionals and research scholars are not eligible. Arts leaders/curators must be affiliated with an arts organization in the non-commercial sector or work as individual freelance arts professionals. Artists seeking placement in commercial firms are also ineligible. ArtsLink International Fellows from prior years cannot re-apply. 

Review criteria

All ArtsLink Fellowship applications will be evaluated by an independent review panel comprised of arts professionals based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic or professional excellence of the applicant’s work 
  • Demonstration of experience and an active commitment to community engagement and dialogue
  • Potential for the applicant to interact with the host communities in the practice or development of their work
  • Benefit to the applicant, at this time in their career, from interaction with US artists, arts institutions, and the US host community
  • Applicant’s plans for sharing the benefits of the exchange with artists and institutions in their home country
  • Applicant’s ability to meet cross-cultural challenges successfully

Preference will be given to those applicants for whom this will be a first-time opportunity for in-depth research/creative work in the US, and to applicants whose artistic practice is based on community engagement or social practice.

The selection process is extremely competitive and applicants should anticipate a highly rigorous review of their work. Applicants are advised to submit recent quality work samples. Please follow carefully the instructions for submitting work samples below. Applicants should make sure their work is properly labeled and that all work samples are fully and succinctly described. Applications that are missing any of the required materials will not be considered.

We recognize that each artist’s experience may prove to be profoundly different from what they anticipated as an applicant. Successful Fellows reflect a balance between expectations of specific goals and being open to new processes and opportunities for creative development and collaboration.


Deadline: November 30, 2021

Cost/funding for participants:


ArtsLink International Fellowships awards offer an initial honorarium to Fellows and US hosts to cover the research residency and support for the subsequent project in the US to cover visa and travel, food and lodging, health insurance, and up to 50% of production costs.

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