On 11 November 2015, The Artist Protection Fund launched its inaugural round of online applications for threatened artists from every artistic discipline. With the fellowship, artists who are facing threats to their lives and/or practice can find temporary support through placements at host universities and arts centers anywhere in the world where they can continue their work in safety.
The Artist Protection Fund is a three-year pilot program at the Institute of International Education. It builds upon the institute’s nearly 100 years of support for threatened scholars which includes the work of the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund, which since its foundation in 2002 has provided fellowships to enable 625 threatened scholars from 54 countries to escape from harm and continue their work in freedom and safety.
Who can apply
Artists from any country and artistic discipline may apply. Applications are reviewed for artistic merit, the quality/potential of the applicant’s work, and the severity of the threats that the applicant faces. Preference is given to artists who:
• are facing or have recently fled from immediate, severe, and targeted threats to their lives and/or artistic practice in their home countries or countries of residence;
• demonstrate accomplishment and promise in their artistic practice;
• will benefit their home and/or host communities.
The Artist Protection Fund encourages applications from women and members of ethnic, racial, cultural, or religious minority groups, or those otherwise underrepresented in their fields.
Students or professionals seeking funding to pursue academic studies or training are not eligible.
How the Artist Protection Fund works
Sponsored by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, APF fellowships will support threatened artists for up to one calendar year. Artists from any country and artistic discipline/practice may apply.
Applications will be reviewed for artistic merit, the quality/potential of the applicant’s work, and the severity of the threats that the applicant faces.
Fellowships will be disbursed through partnering universities, colleges, or arts institutes that provide a safe haven for APF fellows to continue their work in safety. In some cases, hosting institutions will match the APF fellowship award by providing salary/stipend support, housing, and/or other assistance.
For consideration in February 2016, all application and portfolio materials must be received by Monday 4 January 2016.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and will be considered by the APF Selection Committee at least two times per year. Emergency applications may be considered out of cycle if circumstances require.
How to apply
Details on how to apply can be found on www.iie.org.
To submit on behalf of an artist:
Contact APF@iie.org to refer a threatened artist in need of assistance.
To host an APF scholar:
Visit The Artist Protection Fund’s website to learn more about how to host an APF scholar