Research Grants

 

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.

Apply Now Application Guide

Applications to Alserkal Arts Foundation’s Research Grants will open on 1 October 2019, and will remain open till 31 January 2020. Applications are accepted once a year and should include the following:

Online application

Applicants should submit their online application via Alserkal Arts Foundation’s online application portal, which is available on our website. The online application form consists of six sections.

Documents to be uploaded

Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae

Your CV should be a maximum of three pages, and should include a list of major publications, research studies and relevant projects undertaken.

Portfolio

Portfolios must be submitted as a PDF and this may include your research papers, thesis summary, images, videos and other materials that will help the selection committee gain an understanding of your interests, experiences and research potential. Please make sure your portfolio is no longer than 10 pages. Maximum file size is 10MB.



Research proposal

Research proposals should be uploaded in PDF format, no longer than 2 pages. Maximum file size is 10MB. Your proposal should include:

- Context, background and rationale for the research;
- Research expertise and new areas of research that will be explored during the grant period;

- How your work references/relates to the MEASA region;
- Theoretical framework;
- Research methodology and analytical tools that will be used;
- Description of research outcomes and how you intend to take it forward;
- Detailed description of how you intend to use the grant amount.


Abstract


A summary of your research proposal in fewer than 300 words.

Letters of recommendation

We require two letters of recommendation with your application. Individuals writing letters of recommendation are required to submit them through the online application system. Once you submit the names and contact details of your references, they will receive an email confirmation with instructions to submit their reference.

Please note that letters of recommendation are due on or before the application deadline. Please contact your referees well in advance to make them aware of their responsibility. We recommend that you choose individuals who can provide both an academic and professional evaluation of your potential to succeed as a grant recipient.

Submission instructions

All applications must be submitted through our online application system. We recommend candidates begin the application process as early as possible to review the online application, and to allow sufficient time for your referees to upload the letters of recommendations. To begin the application, please register on our online application portal. Once the application is submitted, you will not be able to make changes.

Apply Now Application Guide

Selection for Alserkal Arts Foundation's Research Grants is based on applicants’ potential to become influential researchers, writers, practitioners, and thought-leaders in their respective fields. The application should make a cohesive argument for how the applicant will expand their expertise through Alserkal Arts Foundation’s Research Grants. Applicants from all countries and disciplines are eligible.

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.

The following types of projects/proposals will be disqualified from consideration:

- Projects with a commercial interest or outcome;
- Projects for a political or religious entity or group;
- Projects for a registered charity, healthcare, or educational organisations;
- Projects with a realisation deadline of more than 24 months.

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

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

Funds may not be used for:

- Purchase of electronic hardware and media (e.g. film cameras, speakers, laptops)
- Purchase of personal items, health insurance, visa fees
- Purchase of books (in-circulation), monthly publication subscriptions
- Fees for personal one-on-one mentorship and/or courses, university classes, vocational studies, professional training programmes
- Postgraduate education (e.g. fees for diplomas, certificates)
- Participation (e.g. application fee, participation fee, booth rental fee) in fairs or trade market (e.g. film market, art fairs, design fairs)
- Shipping fees for personal items including books

What is Alserkal Arts Foundation?

The Alserkal Arts Foundation supports socially engaged, multi-disciplinary practices and facilitates cross-cultural exchange. The Foundation offers cultural practitioners – either based in Dubai, or whose practice critically investigates themes pertinent to the region's artistic community – opportunities for research, scholarship, and artistic production. All of Alserkal Arts Foundation’s activities are supported by Alserkal, an Emirati family business spearheaded by Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal.

What forms of research does Alserkal Arts Foundation’s Research Grant support?

The 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 inter-disciplinary proposals, comparative studies and societal discourses that link the arts, humanities, and social sciences in the context of Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

Who is eligible for Research Grants?

We seek applications from individuals, duos, collectives and independent publishers that aim to disrupt conservative boundaries between conventional research disciplines. Potential grant awardees can include, but are in no way limited to, multi-disciplinary visual and sonic artists, architects, writers of fiction and non-fiction, independent publishers, documentary filmmakers, educators, geographers, historians, economists, and social scientists.

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.

Please read the eligibility page for more details.

How are grant recipients selected?

Selection of grant recipients will take place in three stages:

1. Application review: Alserkal Arts Foundation team reviews applications to make sure that eligibility requirements are met. The Foundation may reach out to candidates if additional information is required.
2. Review by selection committee: Selection committee members reviews research proposals and shortlist applicants.
3. Interview: Shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in online/phone interviews.

Can I apply using a hard-copy application form?

No, all applications must be submitted through our online application portal.

How are letters of recommendation submitted?

We require two letters of recommendation with your application. Individuals writing letters of recommendation are required to submit them through the online application system. Once you submit the names and contact details of your references, they will receive an email confirmation with instructions to submit their reference.

Please note that letters of recommendation are due on or before the application deadline. We recommend that you choose individuals who can provide both academic and professional evaluation of your potential to succeed as a grant recipient.

What is the minimum and maximum funding I can apply for?

The Foundation’s 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

When will I be notified if I have been awarded the research grants?

You will be notified between May and June 2020. In addition, the Foundation may request interviews or additional information before a final decision is made.

When will the grant cycle begin?

Grant cycle begins in Fall 2020.