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Asian Art and Religion Fellowship Program

Asian Cultural Council

Program Summary

This fellowship program focusing on the relationship between the artistic and religious traditions of Asia was established with an endowment gift from Laurance S. Rockefeller. The program enables American scholars, specialists, and artists to conduct research and undertake projects in Asia involving the interdisciplinary analysis of religion and the arts. The Council awards up to five research fellowships or travel grants each year through this program. Asian Art and Religion Fellowships have supported research in India on the iconography of Hindu deities, in Indonesia on the relationship between tantric religious thought and masked performance, and in Thailand on Buddhist architecture of northern Thailand.


Americans seeking aid to undertake activities in Asia are eligible to apply to the ACC Residency Program in Asia, the Asian Art and Religion Fellowship Program, the Humanities Fellowship Program, and the Japan-United States Arts Program. The emphasis of the ACC's program is on providing fellowship grants to artists, scholars, and specialists from the United States undertaking research, study, travel and creative work in Asia.


The deadline for receipt of completed applications is February 1 for proposals to be considered at the spring meeting of the ACC's trustees. A small number of requests in specific program areas may also be considered at a fall meeting, for which the application deadline is August 1.

Application and for more information

Individuals wishing to inquire about the possibility of grant support should send a brief description of the activity for which assistance is being sought to the Asian Cultural Council. If the proposed activity falls within the ACC's guidelines, application materials requesting more detailed information will be provided by the ACC. Applicants will be informed as to when their proposals an be presented to the trustees of the Council for formal review.

For complete guideline and application information please contact:

New York Office: Asian Cultural Council
437 Madison Avenue, 37th Floor
New York, NY 10022-7007
Tel: (212) 812-4300
Fax: (212) 812-4299
Website: http://www.asianculturalcouncil.org

Students are encouraged to contact the program directly at the above address and number for more information