ARThink Cultural Fellowship for South Asians

Deadline: 15 November 2013
Open to: residents of South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) with a graduate degree from a recognized university
Fellowship: two-week residential course from 4 to 18 May 2014; a secondment/internship in Germany/UK/South Asia over the year 2014-15; plus a concluding seminar in May 2015


ARThinkSouthAsia, a program in Arts Management and Cultural Policy, is addressed to today’s cultural practitioners. The ATSA Fellowship is designed to develop skills, knowledge, networks and experience of potential leaders in the cultural sector of South Asia that includes museums, the visual and performing arts and digital media.

The Program runs over the course of a year, starting with a two-week residential workshop. The workshop is guided by a strong faculty of international and national scholars and professionals from various cultural disciplines, backed by decades of experience. Entrance to the program is based on proposals presented for jury selection. The course structure for the fellowship is as follows:

  1. A 2-week residential course from 4 to 18 May: The residential course includes a balance of theory and professional training and consists of five to six intensive modules which embrace the latest thinking in cultural management. The 3-day modules lay the ground work in strategic planning & project management, financial planning, and marketing & communication. These are supplemented with 1-day workshops on cultural policy, fundraising, HR, and digital media. The faculty is a mix of Indian and international professional trainers and academics. Evening lectures are formulated to give the fellows a targeted real world perspective. Participation in the residential programme is mandatory.
  2. A secondment / internship in Germany/UK/South Asia over the Fellowship year: Each participant is offered a funded four-week secondment/internship best suited to his/her interests and project objectives in a cultural organization in Germany/UK/South Asia during the Fellowship year.
  3. A concluding seminar in May 2015: The Fellow subsequently attends a concluding seminar at the end of the Fellowship year to present and share updates on his/her project and learnings of the secondment with the new batch of Fellows.
  4. Independent evaluation: The Fellowship programme (2010, 2011) has been evaluated independently by Sue Hoyle, Director of the Clore Leadership Programme, UK.

Each participant is required to apply with an ongoing project. The residential course is oriented to effective management and growth of arts organisations. The applicant’s proposal should highlight the needs of  his/her organisation/project for building an efficient and sustainable arts organisation. The applicants are encouraged to describe the project in as much detail as possible to allow for an understanding of the scope of the project and skills they need to develop for its successful implementation.

ARThinkSouthAsia is an initiative of the South Asian network of Goethe Institutes – the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany and The British Council – The United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, and held in cooperation with Khoj International Artists’ Association.

You can read more about previous fellows HERE.


Applications from practitioners working across a wide range of creative and cultural activity are welcomed, as also from those who are working outside it who demonstrate knowledge, understanding and passion for culture. Artists and persons with unconventional careers and experiences are also invited to apply. In general candidates must:

  • Possess at minimum a graduate degree from a recognized university or equivalent professional qualifications and experience of at least 3 years either in employment or freelance
  • Submit of an on-going project
  • Submit two letters of recommendation (from educational/professional sources)
  • Open to South Asian residents only, which includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Contact the organizers to verify that your country is eligible.


The deadline for applications is 15 November 2013. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by 15 January 2014. Please send your application form AVAILABLE HERE by email (with attachments/enclosures) to [email protected]

or by registered post/courier to:

Snigdha Bisht
Fellowship Applications ARThinkSouthAsia
C/o KHOJ International Artists Association
S-17 Khirkee Extension
New Delhi-110017

T: +91-11-29545274 (11 am – 6 pm, Mon-Fri)

For further information, please write to [email protected] More information is also available on the official website HERE or HERE.

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