Alserkal Arts Foundation’s Research Grants (United Arab Emirates)

Alserkal Arts Foundation’s Research Grants are designed to support radical, innovative, and contemporary research that challenges traditional modes of practice in a variety of fields. The grants place an emphasis on interdisciplinary proposals, comparative studies, and societal discourses that link the arts, humanities, and social sciences in the context of Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA). The Foundation itself is located in Dubai.

The grant seeks applications especially from individuals and collectives who dynamically aim to disrupt conservative boundaries between conventional disciplines.

Potential grant awardees can include, but are in no way limited to, multidisciplinary visual and sonic artists, architects, writers of fiction and non-fiction, independent publishers, documentary filmmakers and educators, geographers, historians, economists, and social scientists. Applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing broad, intersectional, and experimental approaches to research in their respective fields will be prioritised.

Research grants are awarded as follows:

  • Grants for individuals: up to USD $5,000

  • Grants for duos/collectives: up to USD $10,000

  • Grants for independent publishers: up to USD $10,000

Research grants are awarded in phases. The Foundation will work closely with the grant recipients to make sure funds are disbursed in line with research requirements.

Research grants may be used for:

  • Rental of equipment required for field work (e.g. cameras, audio records, dictaphone).

  • Rental of space required for video and/or audio recording (e.g. film studio, sound booth, editing suite).

  • Transcription and translation services.

  • Video editing and/or sound editing services.

  • Website design and website development.

  • Editorial design.

  • Gratuities and fees for project support and assistants.

  • Honorariums for research collaborators, contributors, editors, copy editors, proofreaders.

  • Printing and binding of publications (print run of 500 copies only).

  • Library and digital learning resources memberships.

  • Acquisition of primary archival resources and out of print books or publications.

To be eligible, applicants should be over 21 years of age; have at least 5 years of experience; and ‘demonstrate an imaginative and evolving practice which creates space for accessible discourse and pedagogy’.

Deadline: 31 January 2020

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