This program targets creative professionals in all artistic fields including fine arts, creative writing, education, curatorship, art criticism, craft, design, architecture, theater, cinematography, photography, and digital arts.
STEP 1. REGISTRATION PERIOD
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - Friday, February 26, 2021
No registration will be accepted beyond February 26, 2021 at midnight EET
STEP 2. ONLINE APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Friday, March 19, 2021
No applications will be accepted after March 19, 2021 at midnight EET
Watch the recorded Fulbright Greece Cultural Exchange & Creative Communties webinar addressed to artists and creative professionals.
Overview and Guidelines
The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is a community inspired to create positive social change through creativity. The Institute supports and amplifies dynamic artistic practices that engage complex social issues, inspire individual transformation, and inform collective action. SFAI’s award-winning facilities were designed by famed Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. This beautiful space connects you to Santa Fe's international art scene and the stunning New Mexico landscape.
The Fulbright Foundation in Greece, in partnership with SFAI, will award one grant to a creative practitioner for participation in the Santa Fe Art Institute’s International Thematic 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). The 2022 residency theme is Revolution. Previous themes can be reviewed here.
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, innovative projects 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 artistic achievement, 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.
All awards are subject to Fulbright Foundation policies, in compliance with the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) guidelines, and all governmental regulations regarding visas, immigration, travel, and residence.
Prospective Fulbright participants should be aware that public health conditions, availability of consular services and travel, as well as U.S. institutional operating status and policies may affect their ability to travel to the U.S. and participate in academic programs.
“Santa Fe is a beautiful place..” with many underlying narratives.
"Located in the outskirts of the city, Santa Fe Art Institute, was my home for four months. A truly beautiful building, designed by the internationally acclaimed Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, equipped with studios, a gallery, and ample living spaces. Since SFAI was my home, staff and residents were my family for those four months. Everyone was really kind, helpful and mindful to create a safe space for everyone to enjoy their time. We had dinners, we visited each other's homes and studios, we collaborated and helped each other on different projects. More importantly, everyone was eager to discuss and explore the themes of the residency not only on a personal, but on a collective level as well. There is an apparent sense of a small community surrounding SFAI and the people that work in and around it. SFAI is also located on the old (now closed) Santa Fe Art and Design University Campus. It was a bit “disheartening” to see the empty campus and imagine it flooded with students in the past but at the same time, it is a really exciting space to explore and there is an interesting discourse taking place between SFAI, members of the local community and the city regarding possible future developments. Parts of my project in SFAI were engaging in this discourse as well. The city is beautiful. It is small and peaceful, with traditional adobe houses and breathtaking views to the mountains and the natural landscape surrounding it. I still feel magnified from the extreme natural beauty that I encountered around Santa Fe both in the desert and in the mountains. Santa Fe is surrounded by canyons, hot springs, rivers, valleys, mountain forests, small towns and villages that are more than worth exploring. The area surrounding Santa Fe was occupied for at least several thousand years by indigenous peoples who built villages several hundred years ago on the current site of the city. It was known by the Tewa inhabitants as Ogha Po'oge ("White Shell Water Place"). The city of Santa Fe (meaning "holy faith" in Spanish) was founded by Spanish colonists in 1610. The history of the city itself, as well as that of the wider region, with many Native American Pueblos, but also Los Alamos, the Mexico border wall, the White Sands missile range and many other contested sites create a mosaic of intense, underlying contrasting socio-political narratives. I wanted to involve people of the local community/ies in my project and I am very happy that I was able to do that. Locals were really kind, friendly and open and I feel grateful that I can call some of them friends by now. Even so, involving the local community was much more difficult than what I expected. People in Santa Fe have their own pace, their families, obligations and life's ups and downs. For that reason, doing participatory work needs careful planning, even prior to someone's arrival in the U.S. And of course collaborations with locals should be treated with consideration and respect towards their own personal histories."
Alexandros Simopoulos, 2019 Fulbright SFAI International Thematic Residency on Truth and Reconcilation
To be eligible to apply for a grant, each candidate must
- have Greek citizenship and a valid Greek passport. Candidates with dual citizenship (U.S./Greek) or permanent residence in the United States are not eligible.
- have an excellent command of the English language.
Please also note that
- preference will be given to artist candidates between the ages of 25 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 whose permanent residence 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.
- 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.
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 the Fulbright year. While the grant period is one semester in length, the benefits do not end there. Receiving a Fulbright Award opens many doors and provides unparalleled global networking opportunities.
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 and includes studio and living space, basic food supplies, round-trip airfare, and limited health and accident insurance.
More specifically, the grant includes
- a 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.
- a pre-departure orientation session.
- participation in the Annual Awards Ceremony.
- a Fulbright Certificate of Award.
- participation in SFAI orientation sessions (webinars).
- J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa
- Enrichment Seminars and other benefits offered by the Institute of International Education(IIE), the cooperating agency in the United States.
- 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
Terms and Conditions
- Registering before applying is mandatory. The registration serves to establish eligibility, which cannot be established through e-mail communication.
- A Fulbright Selection Committee will interview shortlisted candidates on a specific date. Candidates will be informed of their interview appointments with the Selection Committee by email. Interviews last for about 15 minutes, are conducted in English, and are held virtually.
- 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. The grant does not provide daily allowances.
- 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 are 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 completing 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.
Registration and Application Procedures
Step 1. Registration
The registration form is available online and serves to establish eligibility, which cannot be established through e-mail communication. Once submitted, it 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 confirmation of eligibility, applicants will be given a link to complete the online Fulbright application in English (SLATE platform). Applications 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, emailed, or mailed copies of applications will not be accepted.
The following documents must be completed/uploaded in the online application:
- Online application form including GDPR consent.
- Detailed Curriculum Vitae including professional achievements.
- Scanned copies of your main degrees, certificates and/or diplomas in both Greek and English. Transcripts are not required.
- The Project Statement (Study/Research objectives) section should clearly detail the background and the purpose of your project and include a time frame that proves the feasibility of your planned project/research within the proposed grant period.
- In the Personal Statement section you will need to include 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.
- A scanned copy of your passport as well as a scanned copy of any valid U.S. visa issued within the last 4 years.
- A digital portfolio (Additional Information - Supplemental Materials section) that includes:
Visual Artists: 10 digital images, including 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 pages maximum)
Drama: 10 pages of dialogue and 1-page synopsis of play
Screenwriting: 10 pages of dialogue and a 1-page synopsis of script
- Three letters of reference. Your reference (the person writing your letter of recommendation) should complete and submit the forms through the online registration platform once you have registered them. All candidates should inform their references that letters must be submitted online by March 16, 2021.All 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.
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) within 7 days of its online submission and no later than March 26.
We encourage artists to submit their final application and portfolio to the Foundation in person, depending on the pandemic situation.
Registrations for the academic year 2021-2022 are now closed.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2021-2022 FULBRIGHT AWARDS FOR GREEK CREATIVE PRACTITIONERS
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 – Friday, February 26, 2021
ONLINE APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Friday, March 19, 2021
January 12 - February 26, 2021
All applicants must register during this period
Friday, March 19, 2021
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 14, 2021
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Notification of results (finalists)
Notification of results (final selection)
attendance is required
Pre-departure orientation session for Fulbright Grantees
The program is offered only in Athens and attendance is required
by August 31, 2021
Deposit of $150 refundable security and damage fee to SFAI
Payment secures your place in the residency
January - March 2022 (three months)
Grant Implementation Period
Within 30 days
at the Fulbright Athens office upon completion of the grant
Within 30 days
Final grant period
upon completion of the grant