National Science Foundation, Call for Applicants: The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program

National Science Foundation (NSF), Call for Applicants: The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program

Deadline: June 1st, 2018

The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program furnishes U.S. Antarctic Program operational support (No funding), and round-trip economy air tickets between the United States and the Southern Hemisphere, to artists and writers whose work requires them to be in the Antarctic to complete their proposed project. The Program does not provide any funding to participants, including for such items as salaries, materials, completion of the envisioned works, or any other purpose.

U.S. Antarctic Program infrastructure consists of three year-round stations and numerous austral-summer research camps in Antarctica, research ships in the Southern Ocean, and surface and air transportation. These assets support the projects undertaken by the artists and writers.

The main purpose of the U.S. Antarctic Program is scientific research and education. The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program supports writing and artistic projects specifically designed to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and human endeavors on the southernmost continent. Priority will be given to projects that focus on interpreting and representing the scientific activities being conducted in and/or about the unique Antarctic region.  Resulting  projects must target audiences in the U.S. and be distributed/exhibited in the U.S.

The program does not support site installations or performances in Antarctica. The program also does not support short-term projects that are essentially journalistic in nature.

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Note: Foreign nationals are allowed to apply but priority will be given to U.S. citizens and legal residents. Proposals are accepted from citizens of other Antarctic Treaty nations if the work will reach a significant audience in the U.S. or the project is otherwise in the U.S. interest as, for example, to help inform broad audiences of the role of the U.S. program in Antarctica in the context of international partnerships, particularly when the proposed activity would also be supported by the partner nation. The program welcomes such proposals and has supported non-U.S. participants in the past. Non-U.S. residents who are selected are not provided airline tickets from their country to the Antarctic. NSF may require a participant to attend a planning meeting in the United States prior to deployment and will not cover air travel from outside the United States to that meeting. Lodging while attending the meeting will be provided.


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