Camargo Foundation Core Residency Program
The Core Program is the flagship program of the Camargo Foundation. Since 1971, the Camargo Foundation has awarded residencies to over 800 Core Program Fellows as part of its mission to support groundbreaking research, experimentation, and interdisciplinary approaches in the Arts and Humanities. Each year, an esteemed panel of scholars and arts professionals selects 18 individuals or teams from over 1,000 submissions from around the world. Winners are awarded residencies in a stunning, contemplative environment where they have the space, time, and freedom to think, create, and connect. Fellowships span 6 to 11 weeks. With each cohort of Fellows, the Foundation strives to foster connections between research and creation.
The Camargo Foundation prizes diversity and welcomes applicants from all countries and nationalities, representing a broad range of creative thought and practice. Three main categories are available, and several subcategories for artists’ applications.
- Scholars: Scholars should be connected to the Arts and Humanities working on French and Francophone cultures, or cross-cultural studies that engage the cultures and influences of the Mediterranean region. To be eligible for a fellowship in the “Scholars” category, applicants are expected either to hold a PhD and a record of post-doctoral scholarship, or to be PhD candidates completing the final stages of research for, or writing of, their dissertation.
- Thinkers: Thinkers include accomplished professionals and practitioners in cultural and creative fields (such as curators, journalists, critics, urban planners, independent scholars, etc.) who are professionally engaged in critical thought. We are interested in work attuned to the theoretical “arena”, the arts, and society.
- Artists (all disciplines): Artists, in all disciplines, should be the primary creators of a new work/project and should have achieved a track record of publications/performances/exhibitions, credits, awards and/or grants. We are interested in artists who have a fully developed, mature artistic voice. Applicants may include artists who are engaged in critical thought and research-oriented projects. When applying, artists will have to choose among the following subcategories: Visual Artists / Choreographers and Performance Artists / Writers and Playwrights / Film, Video and Digital Artists / Composers and Sound Artists / Multidisciplinary Artists.
Purpose of the residency
- Research, Experiment & Create: applicants may apply either with a specific project (e.g. completion of a book, an artwork, etc.) or with a specific area of inquiry (i.e. an investigation of a specific topic or issue in advance of writing or creating a work of art) on which they would like to work during the residency. An area of inquiry should represent exploration and investigation in the Fellow’s field. The Camargo Core Program welcomes both open-ended exploration, or more focused works and long-term research projects.
- Exchange & network: during the residency, discussions are held regularly so that each Fellow has the opportunity to present the project or area of inquiry to the group. These project discussions serve as an opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange. All Fellows are required to be present at these discussions. The Camargo Foundation’s Staff will provide formal and informal links with the region, meetings with professionals whose areas of expertise are relevant for the Fellow, opportunities to attend events, and the option of inviting outside professionals to project discussions. On a voluntary basis, Fellows have the opportunity to present their work within cultural and educational organizations in the region. Such events are conceived and organized by the Foundation in close consultation with the Fellow.
The Camargo Core Program consists of fellowship residencies that span 6 to 11 weeks. The dates for 2020/2021 are:
- Fall 2020: 8 weeks from September 8 to November 3
- Spring 2021: 6 weeks from February 23 to April 6, 8 weeks from February 23 to April 20 , or 11 weeks from February 23 to May 11
A stipend of 250 USD per week is available, as is funding for basic transportation to and from Cassis for the Fellow for the residency. In the case of air travel, basic coach class booked far in advance is covered.
Accompanying family members
Spouses/adult partners and dependent minor children are welcome to accompany fellows for short stays or for the duration of the residency. Accompanying children must be at least six years old upon arrival and enrolled in and attending school or organized activities outside the Camargo Foundation campus, during the week. Only family members whose names appear on the application form may be in residence. Animals other than officially registered service animals are not allowed. Fellows are responsible for securing all necessary documents and meeting all standards if bringing a service dog from outside of the country.
Teams of up to three persons are also welcome, including but not limited to multidisciplinary collaborative projects. Only one stipend, one travel grant, and one multi-bedroom apartment will be awarded per team. The travel grant will cover the travel expenses of the member of the team traveling the greatest distance. One member of the team must be designated the official fellowship recipient. Collaborative teams must provide application materials for all members of the team, including resume, work samples, etc.
Professional translators are eligible to apply. Academic translators who meet the eligibility requirements for Scholars are supported through the Scholar category. Literary translators with a theoretical or research-oriented project are encouraged to apply under the Thinker category. Translators whose projects involve creative literature can apply under the Writer category.
First-time applicants are normally given preference over previous Camargo Fellows. Applications by former Fellows are not considered sooner than three years after their previous Camargo Core Program Fellowship.
How to Apply
The call for applications for the Camargo Core Program 2020-2021 is open from June 26 to October 1, 2019.
An informational webinar will be offered for interested applicants on September 4, 2019 at 11:00am EST (e.g. New York City) / 5:00pm CET (e.g. Paris). Please check our website in August for the link to the webinar and to register.