Open Call Residency Abroad

For designers, architects, makers and observers who have their own practice and wish to spend a working period in a residency abroad.


closing date passed

€ 15.000

maximaal aanvraagbedrag

€ 300,000


Important information

what is the purpose of this open call?

With this open call we want to encourage the further artistic and professional development of up-and-coming designers and makers by enabling them to reside in a new and different environment for a longer period of time. Residencies serve as a retreat for experiment and research, where new national and international contacts can be made and networks and fields of work can be explored, expanded and built up.

who is this open call for?

This open call is open to professional designers, architects, makers, and observers who have had their own practice in the creative industry for at least four years.

which projects are eligible for a grant?

- The project covers a residency abroad;
- The residency lasts at least two months and at most six;
- The residency starts within six months after the date of the decision.

In addition to the conditions stated above, the board reviews applications for travel safety and sustainability.

The contribution of a minimum of € 5,000 and a maximum of € 15,000 is intended only for participation, travel, rental, accommodation, material and presentation costs.

which projects are not eligible for support?

In addition to the provisions of Article 5 of the Open Call Grant Scheme, support cannot be applied for within this procedure:
- When there is a working relationship between the parties involved;
- When a work period at the residency in question is continued;
- For residencies in the context of a course of study or training.

how do you prepare an application?

In order to prepare the application, it is important to acquire the right information based on the following documents:

Open Call Residency Abroad
Applications are assessed on the basis of the Open Call Residency Abroad, which describes the reason and objective, central questions, criteria and procedure.

Grant Application Guidelines
The Grant Application Guidelines provide guidance and tips on preparing a grant application. You can use it to draw up your application as completely as possible.

Open Call Grant Scheme
Applications are assessed on the basis of the Open Call Grant Scheme, which describes the general conditions, grounds for rejection, manner of publication, submission procedure, assessment, the award and any grant obligations. For this open call, Article 4(1)(e) of the Fund’s Open Call Grant Scheme does not apply.

what is assessed?

Applications are assessed on the basis of the Open Call Residency Abroad and the Open Call Grant Scheme.

assessment criteria
- The artistic value of the project;
- The plan of action and the motivation;
- The relevance of the residency to the expected practice development.

what happens to your application?

When you have submitted your application, the Fund Desk will check if your application complies with the formal requirements of the Open Call Grant Scheme.

An independent advisory committee will assess your application on the basis of the Open Call Grant Scheme and Open Call Residency Abroad. The committee advises the Fund’s Board.

The assessment of the open call takes the form of a tender: this means that within the available budget, a number of proposals are chosen above the others. Only positively assessed applications will be supported.

The Board takes account of the committee’s advice in its decision on the rejection or provision of the grant. You will be notified about the result in a decision.

If you receive a grant from the Fund, then you will have to comply with the obligations. Two weeks before the conclusion of your project, you will be asked by email to submit your accountability form in the application environment.


How to achieve a convincing application?

Steps to take

Do you want to apply for a subsidy under this open call?

Start your application
do you have any questions?

If anything is not clear, please send your question by e-mail to Roxanne Minten. You can also phone 010 436 16 00. If you have a more general question, read the frequently asked questions first.