Artistic Fellowships in France

The Camargo Foundation Artistic Fellowships in France, Call for composers, writers, and visual artists.

Deadline: 12/01/2010
Open to: painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, video artists, and new media artists
Fund: full

The Camargo Foundation, located in Cassis, France, is an interdisciplinary and multicultural residential center for scholars pursuing studies in the humanities and social sciences related to French and francophone cultures as well as for composers, writers, and visual artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, video artists, and new media artists) pursuing creative projects.

The Foundation’s campus includes twelve furnished apartments, a reference library, a music/conference room, an artist’s studio with darkroom, a composer’s studio, and a studio for either an artist or a composer. Residencies are one semester (either early-September to mid-December or mid-January to mid-April).

Conditions of the Fellowship:

The Camargo fellowship is a residential grant. A $1,500 stipend is also available. Fellows who need additional funds for living or research expenses should apply for them from other sources. Fellows may not accept gainful employment that coincides with their stay at Camargo. Fees for occasional lectures or participation in seminars are allowed.

Spouses/adult partners and dependent minor children may accompany fellows for short stays or for the duration of the residency. Because of physical arrangements at the Camargo Foundation, accompanying children must be at least six years old upon arrival, and enrolled in and attend school. Only those whose names appear on the application form may be in residence. Fellows must actually be in residence at the Foundation. This stipulation does not preclude absences during weekends and recesses that coincide with those of the French schools in the Marseille-Aix-Cassis area. Frequent or prolonged absences are unacceptable.

The time in Cassis must be spent on the project proposed to and accepted by the selection committee; i.e. the project may not be substantially altered without the approval of the committee.

Project discussions are held once a week (except during semester breaks) so each fellow has an opportunity to present the project s/he is working on to the group. The project discussion serves as a progress report. A written report will be required at the end of the residency. Fellows are asked to give a copy of any completed work to the Camargo library. Any publication, exhibit, or performance resulting from the grant should give credit to the Foundation.

Applicants to the Camargo Foundation may include:

Members of university and college faculties who wish to pursue special studies while on leave from their institutions;

Independent scholars and professors emeriti working on specific projects;

Teachers in secondary schools, public or private, benefiting from a leave of absence in order to work on some pedagogical or scholarly project; Graduate students whose academic residence and general requirements have been met and for whom a stay in France would be beneficial in completing the dissertation required for their degree;

Composers, writers, and visual artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, video artists, filmmakers, and new media artists) with specific projects to complete.

Guidelines for applications:

Academic projects must have a connection to France or Francophone cultures. Artistic projects do not have this requirement.

Most projects are individual. Collaborative projects are also welcome, but only one fellowship will be awarded to one individual per project. The Camargo Foundation does not consider projects for film scripts. Play scripts are welcome.

Applications (including projects, supporting materials and letters of reference) for academic fellowships are accepted in English or French. Applications (including projects, supporting materials and letters of reference) for composition, creative writing, and visual arts fellowships are accepted in English only.

In the interests of the Camargo interdisciplinary, multicultural community, candidates must be able to communicate well in English. A basic knowledge of French is also useful.

Research should be sufficiently advanced not to require resources unavailable in the Marseille-Cassis Aix region. These requirements affirm the Foundation’s identity and mission as a center for scholars and artists well into the writing/creating phases of their projects as opposed to a research facility.

Applications are now accepted online.

Translation projects are welcome. If the project is to translate and publish a translation of creative writing, then the applicant should select Creative Writing as the primary category. If the project is to translate a scholarly work, then the applicant should select Academic as the primary category.

Academic and independent scholars are asked to include one or two paragraphs in their project description locating their project conceptually and/or bibliographically in the context of the most important works available in the field. They must also submit a one-page project bibliography with their application. This bibliography should list the works that have informed their research. A list of the applicant’s own publications may be included in the CV.

Candidates in composition, creative writing, and visual arts (painting, sculpting, photography, video arts, filmmaking, and new media arts) must submit samples of their work.

While most supporting materials can be uploaded, scores, recordings, films and videos may be sent by postal mail.

Applicants who mail hard copy materials in support of their application and wish them to be returned, must provide a self-addressed envelope and international postage vouchers for the appropriate amount. An indication of current French postal rates by weight can be found here.

The online application system provides the opportunity for applicants to invite recommenders to submit their letters of recommendation online. This is the preferred method. Alternatively, recommenders may provide letters of recommendation via postal mail. Letters that are not provided online must either be collected by applicants in sealed, signed envelopes, or be sent directly to the Camargo Foundation by the recommenders. Faxed letters are not accepted.

Letters of recommendation should be current and written specifically for the Camargo Foundation Fellowship Application by individuals familiar with the applicant’s professional work. Appropriate letter writers include department heads, thesis directors, and other professional colleagues.

Letters of recommendation for academic fellowships may be written in English or French. Letters of recommendation for composition, creative writing, and visual arts fellowships must be in English.

The Camargo Foundation
Application Coordinator
1, avenue Jermini
13260 Cassis

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