Deadline September 3 | The 2013 Asialink Arts Residency (up to $12,000 travel grant | Australia)

30 August 2012
Deadline September 3 | The 2013 Asialink Arts Residency (up to $12,000 travel grant | Australia)
Deadline: 3 September 2012 (5pm EST)

The 2013 Asialink Arts Residency application round is NOW OPEN. This round of applications is for arts residencies undertaken between 1 January and 31 December 2013.

Each year the Asialink Arts Residency Program sends approximately 30 Australian writers, performers, artists and arts managers to undertake residencies in Asia. Since its inception in 1991 the program has sent more than 680 people to host organisations in over 20 countries. The grant of up to $12,000 for three months goes towards travel, living and project expenses, and affords recipients the opportunity for in-depth research, stimulating cultural exchanges, international collaboration and uninterrupted time for creativity.

Applicants to the Asialink Arts Residency Program can choose from a range of Host Partners across the region; propose their own Self-Initiated Residency; take part in a Reciprocal Residency or choose a new model of residency from our Residency Laboratory.


Applications are welcome from all artists and arts professionals who meet the following criteria. If you do not meet these criteria, you are ineligible to apply:
  • Australian citizens or those who have Permanent Residency status.
  • A proven record of professional artistic activity over at least three years.
  • Residencies are not for academic study or research, paid study leave or ARCaffiliated projects. Students enrolled in tertiary institutions at the time of their proposed residency are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants can submit only one application in any given year.
  • Former Asialink residents are eligible to re-apply 5 years following their initial selection e.g. a resident in 2008 or earlier can reapply this year for 2013.

Asialink residencies are professional development opportunities rather than specific project grants. Project-based applications need to be embedded in a professional development framework. Each resident is offered a specific amount of funding and initial contacts in the host country. It is then up to the individual to make as much of the experience as possible and to plan and manage their own program. Key attributes are the ability to cope with sometimes unusual or difficult situations, and to work successfully in a challenging environment while maintaining good working relationships.

The resident’s interest in the host country and an understanding of its customs and cultures are important. Researching the country of interest is essential and language skills are an advantage. It is recommended that successful applicants undertake language lessons prior to departure.

The resident will be expected to do their own work based on their application, undertake specific tasks or projects for the host organisation, network widely to ensure a long term impact from the residency, and to make a contribution to the host and community. This could include taking part in workshops and seminars, and giving talks on Australian arts and culture and their own work.

There is a different idea about working space in Asia – that is, discrete space for an individual is not assumed and resources, such as computers, can be scarce. It is hoped that a working space of some sort will be available but this is not guaranteed.

The resident is encouraged to generate and participate in publicity in the form of interviews and articles both overseas and in Australia. They may also be required to provide images or talk at forums to promote the program on their return.


A travel grant of up to $12,000 for three months is provided to each resident to assist with airfares, accommodation, living expenses, materials and production costs. While Asialink recommends three-month residencies, there is flexibility to undertake a shorter residency (minimum 6 weeks) with pro-rata (part-of) funding. Please note the ʻIntensive Residencyʼ offered by Asialink is an exception, and is only one-month duration. The grant amount may vary depending on resources provided by the host organisation. Please refer to the host profiles on the Residency Hosts and Models section of the website.

Once selected it is the residentʼs responsibility to maintain their own budget and contribute funds if necessary. Asialinkʼs grant can only be used for the residentʼs own expenses directly related to the residency and not for expenditure incurred in the residentʼs absence – e.g. rent or mortgage repayments, or to fund accompanying partners or families. The grant is not considered a salary or a fee. On completion of the residency, the resident must provide a report in the requested format, a financial acquittal, and return any unspent funding.


The timing of the residency is flexible but will need to be negotiated with the host organisation, bearing in mind semester times in the case of teaching institutions, and extremes of temperature. It is a funding requirement that the residency be undertaken in 2013. Residencies are not transferrable from year to year so please do not apply if you think you might not be available. Be aware that some hosts have timing specifications; see Asialink Host Partners for more details.


Residents are responsible for their own health and safety and must obtain travel insurance (including medical) cover for the duration of their residency. We advise that residents consult the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website about conditions in their host country prior to departure and throughout their stay. All successful residents must register with Smart Traveller: Residents should take all due precautions while overseas and consider returning home or delaying visits if necessary, based on official advice.


While organising accommodation is the responsibility of the resident, where possible
assistance will be provided by the host organisation. Family members can travel with the resident at their own expense as long as the expectations of the residency are fulfilled. Please note that some hosts do not accommodate families; see Residency Host and Models for more details.


Some countries require visas and residents are responsible for obtaining and complying with all necessary visa requirements. Asialink does not offer advice on visas as requirements are subject to change regularly and differ between countries. Please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Tradeʼs website for further information.


Applicants to Asialinkʼs residency program must address the selection criteria below in their 500-word proposal within the online application form. Prose is preferred, rather than individually addressing each criterion. Proposals that do not do this will be deemed ineligible.

The selection criteria are the same across all artforms and are as follows:
  • Quality of work as demonstrated by the application and support material provided, and relevant professional experience
  • Relevance to the applicantʼs future professional goals
  • Relevance of the proposed host and country to applicantʼs aims and objectives
  • Commitment to working in Asia
  • Demonstrated capability and confidence to engage in a meaningful and active way with the host and community in-country
  • Potential to apply outcomes of the residency to the benefit of Australia

Applicants to Asialink’s Arts Residency Program for 2013 can select from one of the following models of residency:

For queries: (but please read the FAQs first)

For submissions: via SmartyGrants

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