Artist in Residence program 2019/20 Applications Opens

Deadline for Application: 25 November 2018

The Institute for Advanced Study at CEU (IAS CEU) invites applications for its Artist in Residence Program for the academic year 2019/2020. Since 2015, the Artist in Residence Program defines one of the Institute’s core programs and is integral part of its activities. Whereas in former years, an annual theme framed the program, the 2019/20 fellowship offers an open call.

To be in residence at IAS CEU means: to work and participate in an academic community, to receive technical and artistic assistance and to be immersed in a vibrant city’s cultural life. While in residence, artists benefit from an intense production time enhanced by the exchange of ideas and experiences with fellows of the Institute. The Institute views art and scholarship as complementary rather than separate activities, which interact dynamically and encourage mutual productivity.


Details of the Fellowships

IAS CEU offers annually one Writer in Residence fellowship and one Visual/Media/New Media Artist in Residence fellowship to provide selected artists with opportunities to conceptualize and create new works while providing the fellow community with opportunities for meaningful interaction with working artists in various fields. These two residential fellowships (up to 6 months each with a minimum stay of 3 months) are offered on a competitive basis to artists (international established as well as emerging artists), in creative writing (from poetry and prose to drama, screen and playwriting) and in the visual arts, including new media art (from painting to filming and from digital art to computer graphics to interactive art).

We seek artists who will be able to work independently, have a solid plan of work for their fellowship period and are ready to engage with the intellectual life at the Institute and the university. Artists in residence are expected to participate in the academic life of the community of IAS Fellows, which includes participation in the weekly Fellows’ seminar and a presentation of their own artistic and literary work.



A net allowance of EUR 2,000 per month + accommodation in the Raoul Wallenberg Guesthouse, office space at IAS CEU premises as available either of which may serve as a studio, limited equipment and technical support from the CEU Media Lab and some research support in the range of EUR 500 – 1,000. We encourage all applicants for the visual artist fellowship to inquire about existing facilities and technology available.

Awarded fellows are responsible for their own travel arrangements and health insurance. Fellowships may start in October 2019. Fellows are required to be in continuous residence for the duration of the fellowship.



Applications are expected from writers and artists who:

  • hold a relevant university degree
  • preferably are actively involved in related artistic and academic fields
  • have a solid portfolio of artistic projects or writings
  • show potential to deepen and grow their creative practice
  • demonstrate ability to engage with the IAS community
  • are fluent in English.

Applicants should send the following material in ONE pdf document and with the subject line “AiR 19-20” to the following address:

  • Completed Application form
  • CV (max. 4 pages), including a list of published works and/or portfolio (the selection committee might request samples at a later stage)
  • Covering letter indicating how the fellowship is beneficial for the artistic project (max. 3 pages)
  • Abstract of the project (max. 150 words)
  • For visual/media/new media artists: Project plan which describes a concrete project that can be developed while in residence identifying any technical support needed (max. 1,500 words, not counting references; possible additional video material)
  • For writers: Work plan while in residence (max. 1,500 words, not counting references)

There is no restriction concerning citizenship, race, gender, or age.



The selection will be based on projects or work proposals submitted, covering letter, artistic record and CV.

The selection committee reviews applications based on quality, originality and artistic merit. Other consideration factors include the potential impact of the residency on the applicant, the applicant’s past accomplishments, and preparedness to undertake the residency.  The selection committee reserves the right to request further elaboration of the project when necessary, as well as for letters of recommendation or other relevant documents, and/or a Skype interview.



Application deadline: November 25th, 2018 (midnight Central European Time).

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Applications and enquiries should be sent to

Successful candidates will be informed in early March 2019.

For more information on the Institute for Advanced Study at CEU, please visit our website.

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