Asian Cultural Council Fellowships and Grants

Eligible graduate students from eligible countries can apply for the Asian Cultural Council Fellowships and Grants for research in arts.

Applicants must be studying or practicing the arts or humanities.


Application Deadline: March 31, 2023


Scholarship Amount: Varies


Overview Of The Asian Cultural Council Fellowships and Grants


The Asian Cultural Council supports cultural exchange in the visual and performing arts between Asia, the United States and amongst Asian countries. Applications are accepted from individuals and institutions.


Arts organizations, educational and cultural institutions are also eligible to apply to the Council for support for projects of significant importance which involve cultural exchange between Asia and the United States or regional exchange among the countries of Asia.


The ACC’s program covers all the visual and performing arts, both contemporary and traditional. Fields of awards include archeology, architecture (design, history, and theory), arts management, art criticism, art history, conservation, crafts, dance, film and video, museology, music, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and theater.


The major focus of the ACC grant program is on awarding grants to artists, scholars and arts specialists from Asia for study, research, observation and related activities in the United States of America or in another Asian country. American applicants may also apply to conduct similar work in Asia.


Asian applicants may apply for visits to the U.S. to take part in residency programs, to participate in courses and workshops in non-degree programs, and to conduct general research and observation in their field.


Applicants should propose professional activities suitable for their career development.


American applicants may apply for programs of research, training or observation in Asia and must be based in an arts institution that will serve as their local host.


The ACC will consider applications from Asian students pursuing graduate study in universities in the United States. Applications are not accepted for undergraduate programs and the grant extends only to living expenses and international airfare. 


Applicants are encouraged to find other sources of funding for their tuition. Students must apply separately to universities for acceptance while applying to the ACC for funds.


A limited number of grants may be awarded to institutions for projects involving international exchanges in the arts between Asia, the United States and amongst Asian countries. Grants for projects are usually very modest in size as the ACC’s resources are focused on individual fellowships.


Asian Cultural Council Fellowships and Grants Accepted Fields of Award


The grant program covers all the visual and performing arts, both contemporary and traditional. Fields of awards include:


  • Archaeology


  • Architecture (design, history and theory)


  • Arts Management


  • Arts Education


  • Art Criticism


  • Art History


  • Conservation


  • Crafts


  • Dance


  • Non- Commercial Design


  • Film and Video


  • Museology


  • Music


  • Painting


  • Photography


  • Printmaking


  • Sculpture


  • Theatre


ACC does not support the following:


  • Commercial and industrial design


  • Mass communications


  • Individual artist exhibitions


  • Performance tours


  • Lecture tours


  • Film or video production costs


  • Publications


  • Undergraduate study


  • Operating costs or capital campaigns


  • General program and administration costs


  • Activities conducted by individuals in their home countries.


Asian Cultural Council Fellowships and Grants Fund Coverage


  • Allowable travel expenses may include international airfare, local transportation, visas, travel insurance, accommodations, traveler’s health insurance, and living expenses.


  • Allowable research expenses may include admission fees and tickets to cultural institutions and events, fees for classes or workshops, and modest translator fees.


  • Projects requiring the extensive use of paid translators are unlikely to be funded. 


ACC funding cannot be used for:


  • Activities that do not involve travel


  • Commercial and industrial design


  • Commercial activity or commercial artists of any kind


  • Production costs (including exhibitions, tours, film production, and publication)


  • Arts in education


  • Undergraduate or secondary school study


  • Full graduate school tuition costs


  • Projects taking place outside the funding period


  • Regranting programs.


Eligible Countries


The Asian Cultural Council grants are open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States of America and the following countries of Asia:


  • Afghanistan


  • Bangladesh


  • Bhutan


  • Brunei


  • Cambodia


  • China


  • East Timor


  • India


  • Indonesia


  • Japan


  • South Korea


  • Laos


  • Malaysia


  • Mongolia


  • Myanmar


  • Nepal


  • Pakistan


  • Philippines


  • Singapore


  • Sri Lanka


  • Taiwan


  • Thailand


  • Vietnam


General Eligibility Criteria


These guidelines describe the broad scope of all ACC fellowship and grant programs. Within each program, eligibility may be more restricted and may change focus from year to year. Program-specific guidelines for the current application cycle can be found on each program page.


Individual applicants (those applying to the Individual Fellowship, New York Fellowship, and Graduate Scholarship)


  • Must be citizens of an eligible country / region


  • Must be practicing artists, humanities scholars, or arts professionals in an eligible field


Organization and project applicants


  • Must be based in an eligible country / region


  • Must be a registered nonprofit or NGO, or have fiscal sponsorship from a nonprofit or NGO


  • May request ACC funding only for project participants who meet all the individual applicant eligibility criteria described above.


Asian Cultural Council Fellowships and Grants Application Process


  • Please note that only one application per person will be accepted, and that the ACC will acknowledge receipt of your application. ACC will not process late or incomplete applications and will not follow up on incomplete applications.


  • Please fill out the application to the best of your ability and knowledge. The ACC may contact you if any clarification is needed.


  • Upload a photo of yourself with the application (JPEG, not to exceed 1MB). If you have trouble doing this, please send a copy of the photo along with your supplementary materials.


  • Please make a note of the ACC office to which you have applied. This same office will be in touch with you regarding any questions about your application.


  • Supplementary materials that pertain to the applicant’s previous work must be submitted. Only one disk, in CD or DVD format, will be accepted. The ACC will not consider any other materials. Supplementary materials will not be returned. Please do not send originals that cannot be replaced. Write your first name, last name, and the date on the CD or DVD.


Visual artists should include in their CD/DVD:




  • 12 images of work completed within the last 5 years or 4 samples of video work


  • Format: Images should be in JPEG format, and should be approximately 2800 pixels on the longest dimension. Please select the highest quality and lowest compression possible for each image.


  • Title each image as “your last name_your first name__#” (ex: Smith_John_3.jpg)


  • Write your first and last name on the CD or DVD.




  • image list numbered in corresponding order of appearance of images on CD,


  • include your name, title of artwork, date of work, media/materials and dimensions


  • include a brief explanation if necessary of image/work if necessary


  • Artist’s statement


Performing artists, Video artists, and Filmmakers applying to the Council should include:


  • No more than one DVD


  • DVD/video information (title, date, length of work, production information-i.e., camera, editing, producer, director, etc.)


  • Performing artists should include 3-5 minute excerpts of 2-3 works they would like the ACC to review.


  • Artist’s statement


Click here to apply online for the Asian Cultural Council Fellowships and Grants

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