Institute of International Education’s Artist Protection Fund


The APF makes fellowship grants to threatened artists from any field of practice, and places them at host institutions in safe countries where they can continue their work and plan for their futures. IIE-APF welcomes inquiries from threatened artists directly or from individuals or institutions nominating threatened artists for support. APF is for artists who are facing or have recently fled from immediate, severe, and targeted threats to their lives and/or careers in their home countries or countries of residence. Eligibility Criteria

  • IIE-APF welcomes inquiries from institutions around the world interested in hosting threatened artists. Hosts can be academic institutions, arts residencies, cultural centers, performing arts organizations, or artistic communities. Hosts will be required to match the fellowship support financially or through in-kind contributions that may include housing, studio space, materials/supplies, and other support from their networks.
  • Artists from any country and artistic discipline may qualify. Applications are reviewed for artistic merit, the quality/potential of the applicant’s work, and the severity of the threats that the applicant faces. Preference is given to artists who:
    • are facing or have recently fled from immediate, severe, and targeted threats to their lives and/or artistic practice in their home countries or countries of residence;
    • demonstrate accomplishment and promise in their artistic practice;
    • will benefit their home and/or host communities.

 IIE encourages applications from women and members of ethnic, racial, cultural, or religious minority groups, or those otherwise underrepresented in their fields. For more information, visit IIE.