The Camargo Foundation welcomes applications from all countries and nationalities for the Arts and Humanities Residency and Fellowship Program.
Application Deadline: 17th October 2017
Eligible Countries: All
To Be Taken At (Country): Cassis, France
Field of Study: Three main categories are available, and several subcategories for artists’ applications.
- Scholars: applicants should be connected to the Arts and Humanities working on French and Francophone cultures, including but not limited to cross-cultural studies that engage the cultures and influences of the Mediterranean region. To be eligible for a fellowship in the “Scholars” category, applicants are expected either to hold a PhD and a record of post-doctoral scholarship, or to be PhD candidates completing the final stages of research for, or writing of, their dissertation.
- Thinkers: this category includes accomplished professionals and practitioners in cultural and creative fields (such as curators, journalists, critics, urban planners, independent scholars, etc.) who are professionally engaged in critical thought. We are interested in work attuned to the theoretical “arena”, the arts, and society. Like the scholars, they should be working on French and Francophone cultures, including but not limited to cross-cultural studies that engage the cultures and influences of the Mediterranean region.
- Artists (all disciplines): applicants should be the primary creators of a new work/project and have achieved a track record of publications/performances/exhibitions, credits, awards and/or grants. We are interested in artists who have a fully developed, mature artistic voice. Applicants may include those who have been commissioned for multiple projects. When applying, artists will have to choose among the following subcategories: Visual Artists / Choreographers and Performance Artists / Writers and Playwrights / Film, Video and Digital Artists / Composers and Sound Artists / Multidisciplinary Artists.
About the Award: The Camargo Core Program is the historical and flagship program of the Foundation. Each year an international call is launched through which 18 fellows (9 artists and 9 scholars/thinkers) are selected.
The Camargo Core Program offers time and space in a contemplative environment to think, create, and connect. By encouraging groundbreaking research and experimentation, it supports the visionary work of artists, scholars and thinkers in the Arts and Humanities. By encouraging multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, it intends to foster connections between research and creation. The Fellowship is for:
- Research, experiment & create: applicants may apply either with a specific project or a specific area of inquiry on which they would like to work during the residency. An area of inquiry should be specific and represent exploration and investigation in the Fellow’s field. The Camargo Core Program welcomes both open-ended exploration, or more focused works and long-term research projects.
- Exchange & network: during the residency, discussions are held regularly to foster cross-disciplinary exchange between Fellows. In addition, the Camargo Foundation’s Staff provides formal and informal links with local professionals to develop possible creative collaborations between the Fellow and the region.
- Work developed during the residency may be in any language. In the interests of Camargo’s interdisciplinary, multicultural community, candidates must be able to communicate well in English. A basic knowledge of French is useful, but not required.
- The time in Cassis must be spent on the project or area of inquiry proposed to and accepted by the selection committees, and ratified by the Camargo Board of Trustees.
- Fellows must physically be in residence at the Camargo Foundation. This stipulation does not preclude absences during weekends. Frequent or prolonged absences are not acceptable.
- Research should be at a stage that does not require resources unavailable in the Marseille-Cassis-Aix region or online.
- Applicants planning on conducting research in local archives may need to rent a car during their Fellowship at their own expense.
- An evaluation is conducted at the end of the residency period. The Foundation may ask Fellows two to three years after their fellowship for an update on the progress on the project or area of inquiry pursued while at Camargo Foundation.
- A copy of any publication (digital or paper) resulting from work done during the residency should be sent to the Camargo Foundation.
- Any publication, exhibit, or performance resulting from the grant should give credit to the Camargo Foundation.
Selection Criteria: During the review process, eligible applications are reviewed and evaluated in relationship to four criteria:
- the quality of the proposal
- the quality and significance of the professional accomplishments of the applicant
- the connection between the proposal and the Camargo Foundation / Aix-Marseille-Provence area
- the relevance of a residency at the stage of the career of the applicant
Number of Awards: 18 Fellowships/year, 9 artists and 9 scholars/thinkers
Value of Award:
- A stipend of 250 USD per week is available, as is funding for basic transportation to and from Cassis for the Fellow for the residency. In the case of air travel, basic coach class booked far in advance is covered.
- Fellows may not accept gainful employment that will prevent them from focusing on their project while staying at Camargo. Research leave or other forms of sabbatical are allowed, as fees for occasional lectures or participation in seminars. Additional grants with requirements that do not contradict the conditions of the Camargo Fellowship are encouraged.
- Spouses/adult partners and dependent minor children may accompany fellows for short stays or for the duration of the residency. Accompanying children must be at least six years old upon arrival and enrolled in and attending school or organized activities outside the Camargo Foundation campus, during the week.
- The Camargo Foundation’s campus includes twelve furnished apartments, a reference library, a music/conference room, an openair theater, an artist’s studio with darkroom, and a composer’s studio. The Camargo Foundation does not have a dance studio.
Duration of Program:
- Fall (8 weeks from September 11, 2018)
- Spring (6 / 8 / 11 weeks from February 26, 2019)
How to Apply: Applications should be submitted via Submittable and can be accessed here
The application form must be submitted in English, the supporting materials (CV, work samples, etc.) can be submitted either in English or French.
Applications must include the following:
- A proposal narrative: describe your intended focus of the residency, whether on (a) particular work(s) or a more open-ended area of inquiry, examining the relevance of your project for today.
- A rationale for wanting to work specifically at Camargo and/or in the Aix-Marseille-Provence area, including existing or potential connections with people, places, organizations, and environments.
- A rationale about why a residency is appropriate at this specific stage of the proposal and/or career.
- A current C.V.
- For artists: work samples. If providing a work in progress, please also provide finished work. Work samples can be: up to 16 images for visual artists; up to 20 pages for writers; up to 20 minutes of clips for filmmakers, etc. Vimeo is preferred but not required for videos. Applicants must provide information about each work sample, including cue point, passwords, the applicant’s role in the work represented, etc.
- Two references. Submitters whose applications manage to get to the final stages of review might be asked to provide recommendation letters from their referees at a later stage.
An informational webinar will be offered for interested applicants on September 14, 2017 at 11:00am EST (New york City)/5:00pm CET (France). Please check the Foundation’s website in early September for the link to the webinar.
Award Providers: Camargo Foundation