Mobility First! Special Open Call 2019-2020

Update related to Covid-19:

In this on-going pandemic, coupled with worldwide travel restrictions and physical distancing measures, the health and safety of the applicants and grantees of Mobility First! travel grant are our utmost priority.

When it is safe to travel again and restrictions ease, you may apply to the Mobility First! Special Open Call which is now further extended until 31 December 2020 (end of travel period).

Applicants are required to check travel advisories or restrictions of their own countries and destinations as well as any layovers. Grantees will bear costs of cancellations or postponements.

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), through its Mobility First! travel grant, with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is launching a special open call for prioritising the mobility support of artists and cultural professionals from the following six countries, who are looking to strengthen their artistic and cultural practice through connecting with their counterparts in both Asia and Europe.

The mobility call is specifically aimed for artists and cultural professionals from the following six Asian countries:

Bangladesh | India | Lao PDR | Myanmar | Pakistan | Viet Nam

International travel support is provided to selected cultural professionals to participate in activities (i.e. workshops or trainings, conferences or forums, festivals, biennales or
international exhibitions, artists’ or writers’ residencies, partner meetings to set up or maintain an existing partnership and practice-led research trips) which would:  

  • Enable the objective of skills transfer/knowledge exchange; innovation in arts and culture; local cultural development and art and society
  • Support the applicant’s professional development; initiate a multiplier effect to others and benefit the society.

Eligible travel routes that would be supported include travel from Asia to Europe and within Asia.  


The mobility call will be open and accepting applications from Friday, 18 October 2019.  

Applications will be received and accepted by ASEF on a rolling basis and applicants can expect to hear feedback about their application within 2 weeks of submission.

The eligible travel period for applicants has been extended till 31 December 2020

About the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is an intergovernmental not-for-profit organisation located in Singapore. Founded in 1997, it is the only institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). ASEF promotes understanding, trengthens relationships and facilitates cooperation among the people, institutions and organisations of Asia and Europe. ASEF enhances dialogue, enables exchanges and encourages collaboration across the thematic areas of culture, education, governance, sustainable development, economy and public health.

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About the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The main task of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to secure and promote Norway’s interests internationally. Norway’s interests are determined by such factors as its geographical location in a strategically important area, its open economy, its
position as a coastal state and steward of substantial marine resources, and its extensive exports of oil and gas.

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