Funding Opportunities

A number of people have asked about possible funding opportunities to participate in the conference and/or arts program. Depending on resources, there may be limited bursaries available for those with demonstrable need (unemployed and/or unafiliated artists and researchers) to help cover a portion of the costs of attending the conference or presenting creative work. If such bursaries become available, we will announce details here. However we encourage you to apply other funding opportunities, and will share information about external resources here as well.

AiR Bergen - Artist in residence program at USF Verftet, Bergen. Note: deadlines for this residency are likely outside of the ELO 2015 timeframe, but ELO-affiliated artists may be interested in this opportunity for a future stay in Bergen. David Clark wrote most of 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein while he was in Bergen on one of these residencies.

American-Scandinavian Foundation - offers fellowships  and grants to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year.

Artist's International Development Fund - fund for UK artists offers early stage development opportunities for individual freelance and self employed artists based in England to spend time building links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in another country.

Euraxess Norway Database - Searchable database for mobility funding opportunities for incoming and outgoing researchers to/from Norway.

European Culture Foundation - artists, particularly younger artists, from countries bordering the EU/EFTA are eligible to apply for STEP travel grants from this foundation.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants - grants for innovative USA visual and performing artists who have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding.

Fulbright Foundation - you won't get a Fulbright just to come for a conference, but the Fulbright has been responsible for bringing some great e-lit writers and researchers to Bergen: Michael Joyce, Rita Raley, Mark Marino, Davin Heckman, Daria Tsoupikova, Leonardo Flores, Judd Morrissey, and Kathi Inman Berens, to name a few.

Lab for Culture - links to many agencies and programs and foundations, particularly European foundations, that may support arts projects or artist travel.

Leiv Eiriksson Mobility Program - Norwegian Research Council grants for longer-term research exchange between USA and Norway.

Nordic Culture Point - Artists and writers living in one Nordic country can apply for mobility support for travel to another.

Norwegian Marshall Fund Awards - Awards for American students and researchers to research in Norway for periods of 3 months to 1 year.

On the Move Guide to Funding Opportunities for the International Mobility of Artists and Culture Professionals in Europe - a very useful guide to funding opportunities for European artists.

Travel Grants for Canadian Media Artists - Canadian artists exhibiting work in ELO 2015 might consider this opportunity.

Working academics are encouraged to seek travel funding from their departments, institutions, and national research councils. Artists working in the United States should consider investigating travel funding opportunities supported by their state arts councils and local foundations. Some countries occcassionally provide support for cultural exchanges and artist travel  via their embassies. The conference organizers will help to provide letters of invitation to artists and presenters whose work has been accepted via the peer-review submission process.