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Alserkal Arts Foundation Research Grant

Alserkal Arts Foundation Research Grant


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 grant seeks applications especially from those individuals and collectives that 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.

To be eligible to receive a research grant, all applicants must:

  • Be over 21 years of age;
  • Have 5 years of experience;
  • Demonstrate an imaginative and evolving practice which creates space for accessible discourse and pedagogy.


Research grants are awarded as follows:

  • Grants for individuals - up to US$5,000
  • Grants for duos/collectives - up to US$10,000
  • Grants for independent publishers - up to US$10,000