Fulbright SFAI International Thematic Residency

Fulbright SFAI International Thematic Residency

For creative professionals in all artistic fields including fine arts, creative writing, education, curatorship, art criticism, craft, design, architecture, theater, cinematography, photography, and digital arts.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - Friday, February 7, 2020
No registration will be accepted beyond February 7, 2020 at midnight EET

Friday, March 6, 2020
No applications will be accepted after March 6, 2020 at midnight EET

The Fulbright Foundation in Greece, in partnership with SFAI, will award one grant to creative practitioners for participation in the Santa Fe Art Institute’s International Residency Program. SFAI implements yearlong thematic programing that address pertinent questions facing diverse regional and global communities. Fulbright grants at SFAI are awarded for three months (one semester) between January and March, 2021.

This award is open to creative professionals in all artistic fields including fine arts, creative writing, education, curatorship, art criticism, craft, design, architecture, theater, cinematography, photography, and digital arts. The Foundation looks for well-defined/sustainable projects that are innovative, that will have an impact in the respective areas, and that may lead to future collaborations between the United States and Greece.

Candidates are selected on the basis of academic excellence, potential for professional development, civic engagement, extra-curricular activities, the applicant’s ability to creatively and critically engage with the theme of the residency season for which they are applying, and personal qualities/abilities to serve as a cultural ambassador for Greece. The selection focuses on the professional experience of the artist, the quality of their past work, and their potential to sustain productive residency at SFAI.

The 2021 residency theme will be announced in mid-January 2020. Previous themes can be reviewed here.

Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is a community inspired to create positive social change through creativity. Its beautiful facilities connect you to Santa Fe's international art scene and the stunning New Mexico landscape.

All awards are subject to the Fulbright Foundation policies in compliance with the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) guidelines and all governmental regulations regarding visas, immigration, travel and residence.

  • Greek citizenship and a valid Greek passport. Candidates with dual citizenship (U.S./Greek) or permanent residence in the United States are not eligible.
  • Preference is given to candidates whose permanent residency is in Greece and to those who are committed to returning to Greece at the end of their project to fulfill the mission and aim of their Fulbright grant.
  • Excellent command of the English language.
  • Preference will be given to artist candidates between the ages of 28 to 45 at the time of application, with a minimum of five years professional experience in their field of work/study.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a degree from a recognized university or institution.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have not had extensive recent experience in the United States.

  • The Fulbright grant is a non-renewable grant that secures your participation in the Santa Fe Art Institute’s International Residency Program (partnership agreement) for the duration of your grant period including studio and living space, basic food supplies, roundtrip airfare, and limited health and accident insurance.
  • Round trip travel allowance in accordance with Fulbright Travel Policies & Regulations.
  • Limited health and accident insurance (for grantee only). All participants will receive the Department of State's health insurance coverage (A+SPE) of $100,000 per illness or per injury with co-pays of $25 per medical visit and $75 for hospitalizations or emergency entries for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered.
  • Pre-Departure Orientation program.
  • Participation in the Annual Awards Ceremony.
  • Fulbright Certificate of Award.
  • Participation in SFAI orientation sessions (webinars).
  • J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa sponsorship
  • Enrichment Seminars and other benefits offered by the cooperating agency in the United States: the Institute of International Education (IIE)
  • Membership in the online global community for all participants of U.S. government sponsored exchange programs (such as the Fulbright program). International Exchange Alumni website

Fulbright Awards offer financial support for non-degree study/research in the U.S. However, Fulbright is much more than a scholarship – we offer scholars the opportunity to have a transformative cultural and academic experience and provide unrivaled support both during and after their Fulbright year. While a Fulbright Award is one semester in length, the benefits do not end there. Receiving a Fulbright Award opens many doors and provides unparalleled global networking opportunities.

  • Registration before application is mandatory.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview at the Fulbright office. Interviews are conducted in English and are mandatory. SKYPE and e-mail interviews will not be considered. A Fulbright Selection Committee will interview candidates, in person, on specific dates. All candidates will be informed of their interview appointment (time and date) with the Selection Committee by email. 
  • Candidates will be informed of their nomination status on the day following the end of the interview cycle. SFAI will make the final selection from nominated candidates with the advice of the Foundation.
  • Participants are expected to complete the entire three-month residency and are encouraged to attend gatherings, events, and organized activities.
  • Participants are responsible for the $150 refundable security and damage deposit at SFAI, for meals and  incidental expenses, and for extra personal expenses including production costs, car rental, and others.
  • Candidates selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a medical history and examination report before their grants can be finalized. The Fulbright office will provide the necessary Medical Health Form.
  • Fulbright grant recipients will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements in accordance with Fulbright Travel Policies & Regulations.
  • Awards cannot be deferred to the following year.
  • Fulbright grant recipients must travel on a J-1 visa sponsored by the Fulbright Program. It is a condition of the visa that after completion of the non-degree program, artists must return to Greece and reside there for two years before being eligible to immigrate or apply for permanent residence or a work permit in the United States. The purpose of the two-year home residency requirement is to ensure that exchange visitors return to their home country and fulfill the exchange objectives of the Fulbright Program to broaden and strengthen mutual understanding between Greece and the United States.

Step 1. Registration
Once you have submitted online, your registration form will be automatically available to the Fulbright Foundation/Greek Program Coordinator for a first review. You will receive a confirmation email in the week following your submission.

Step 2. Online Fulbright Application Procedure
Following successful registration and approval of eligibility, applicants will be given a link to complete the online Fulbright application in English (SLATE platform). Applications which have been submitted without prior registration will not be accepted. When you begin your application, the platform will ask you to confirm that you have contacted the local office (registration) and that you are eligible for this award.

The Fulbright Foundation accepts ONLY applications submitted online through the SLATE platform. Faxed or e-mailed or mailed copies of applications will not be accepted.

The following documents must be completed / uploaded in the online application:

  • Online Application Form.
  • The Project Statement (Study/Research objectives) should not exceed 5 single pages and include an Artist Statement (brief description of your work) and a Residency Proposal (brief statement that outlines your goals and what you hope to achieve during your residency).
  • The Personal Statement should include a short narrative bio and an account of how the applicant’s proposed project and presence in the United States will promote the “mutual understanding” element of the Fulbright Program and the development of educational / professional collaborations between the United States and Greece.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae.
  • A digital portfolio (Additional Documents upload) that consists of:

    Visual Artists: 10 digital images inc. title, size, and medium of images
    Video Artists: a 5 minute segment
    Writing Samples:
       Fiction: 10 pages
       Non-Fiction: 10 pages
       Poetry: 10 poems (15 page maximum)
       Drama: 10 pages of dialogue and 1 page synopsis of play
       Screenwriting: 10 pages of dialogue and 1 page synopsis of script

  • Letters of reference: Three letters of reference are requested as part of your Fulbright application. All candidates should register their referees to the online application. All candidates should inform their referees that they will need to submit online their letter of reference the latest by March 3, 2020. All three letters should be written in English. The letters of reference should be written by professors or professionals with whom you have studied or by someone who has supervised you in work related to your proposed field of work.
  • Scanned copy of your passport as well as scanned copy of any valid US visa issued within the last 4 years. If you do not yet own a passport then you will have to submit a copy of your ID card.
  • Copies of your main degrees, diplomas and/or certificates; those in Greek will need to be translated into English. Transcripts are not required.
  • Signature Form: Upon submission of your online application you must print out, sign, and email this form to the Fulbright Program Coordinator in order to include in your file.
  • All candidates are requested to submit one hard copy of their completed application including digital portfolio to the Fulbright Foundation, 6 Vassilissis Sofias , 10674 Athens, (attn: Greek Program Coordinator) the latest within 7 days of its online submission. We encourage artists to submit their final application and portfolio to the Foundation in person.

Greek Program Coordinator
The Fulbright Foundation
T 210 7241 811/2, ext. 3

Registrations forms will be made available here from January 7 to February 7, 2020.


Tuesday, January 7, 2020 – Friday, February 7, 2020

Friday, March 6, 2020

January 7 - February 7, 2020


Registration period
All applicants must register during this period

Friday, March 6, 2020


Online application deadline

Within 7 days of your final application submission

Materials submission deadline
One printout of the completed and entire application following submission including your digital portfolio

Wednesday, April 8, 2020


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Notification of results (finalists)

May 2020

Notification of results (final selection)

June 2020

Pre-departure orientation session for Fulbright Grantees
The program is offered only in Athens and attendance is required

June 2020

attendance is required

by August 31, 2020

Deposit of $150 refundable security and damage fee to SFAI
Payment secures your place in the residency

January - March 2021 (three months)

Grant Implementation Period

Within 30 days

Debriefing Session
at the Fulbright Athens office upon completion of the grant

Within 30 days

Final grant period
upon completion of the grant

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