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Mobility First! Special Open Call

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Project Period:
18 Oct 2019 - 30 Nov 2020
Several ASEM countries

UPDATE related to COVID-19:

The health & safety of our grantees & partners are paramount and we are committed to supporting the safe distancing measures implemented by governments in Asia & Europe.

When it is safe to travel again and restrictions ease, you may apply to the Special Open Call with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs which is now further extended to 31 DECEMBER 2020 (travel period, inclusive). However, applicants are required to check travel advisories or restrictions in their own countries and destinations, as well as any layovers. Grantees will bear the costs of cancellations or postponements.

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Mobility First! team will continue monitoring the situation carefully and we will keep applicants informed should there be changes in the situation.


#MobilityFirst Special Open Call: With support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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:






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.

All travel should end by 31 December 2020. 

How to apply?

Please ensure that you read the Application Guidelines on the Documents Section of this page before you apply.

The link to the application form can be found here:

For queries, please email


About the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) promotes understanding, strengthens 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, economy, sustainable development, public health and media.

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 runs more than 25 projects a year, consisting of around 100 activities, mainly conferences, seminars, workshops, lectures, publications, and online platforms, together with about 150 partner organisations. Each year over 3,000 Asians and Europeans participate in ASEF’s activities, and much wider audiences are reached through its various events, networks and web-portals.

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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