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Mobility First! Special Open Call

With support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
Andrea ABELLON Culture Department Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative Culture

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.

For more information, please visit  


  • Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Project Updates

  • MF-Results-251119

    The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), through its Mobility First! travel grant, with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has launched a special open call prioritising the mobility of artists and cultural professionals from Bangladesh, India, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Pakistan and Viet Nam.

    Applications are received and accepted by ASEF on a rolling basis and the list of selected applicants will be updated continuously.

    Selected applications





    Anagha Bhat


    Slow Motion: Transformations of Musical Time in Perception and Performance Conference

    Bengaluru, India to Hamburg, Germany

    Subhash Maskara


    Kyoto Filmmakers Lab

    Mumbai, India to Kyoto, Japan

    Muhammad Nazmus Sakib Himel


    Poitiers Film Festival

    Dhaka, Bangladesh to Poitiers, France

    Muhammad Tariq


    World Architecture Festival

    Peshawar, Pakistan to Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Niyati Mehta


    'Toward a More Inclusive and Diverse Global Philanthropy: Strategies to

    Address Social, Economic and Historic Inequality’ Conference

    Mumbai, India to Salzburg, Austria

    Nilotpal Majumdar


    International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

    Kolkata, India to Netherlands, Amsterdam

    Mathivanan Rajendran


    EAVE Producers Lab 2020

    Chennai, India to Luxembourg

    Anouza Phothisane

    Lao PDR

    Quiet House Performance

    Vientiane, Lao PDR to Tokyo, Japan

    Hang Nguyen

    Viet Nam

    Artists' Residency and Exhibition in Sweden

    Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam to Simrishamn, Sweden

    Huyen Nguyen Le Phuong

    Viet Nam

    Angkor Photo Festival and Workshops

    Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam to Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Budhaditya Chattopadhyay


    Experimenta, the Arts & Sciences Biennale 2020

    Kolkata, India to Grenoble, France

    Anita Bose


    Practice-led research trip: Searching Heritage and Cultural Links through Ramayana

    Kolkata, India to Nha Trang, MySon, Quy Nhon, Hue, Viet Nam

    Shahla Islam


    Independent Film Production: No Land's Man

    Dhaka, Bangladesh to Sydney, Australia

    Kabir Ariful

    Bangladesh National living in France

    Samdani Art Award

    Paris, France to Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Shayekh Mohammad Arif


    MoT+ Performance Plus and Artist Residency 2019

    Dhaka, Bangladesh to Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam

    Sadia Marium


    Angkor Photo Festival and Workshops

    Dhaka, Bangladesh to Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Diksha Sharma


    International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

    Mumbai, India to Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Dr. Papiya Lahiri


    International Physical Theatre Workshop and IUGTE (International University "Global Theatre Experience") Conference

    Chandigarh, India to Laubegg Castle, Austria

    Durgesh Kanwal


    Ethno New Zealand 2020

    New Delhi, India to Piritahi Marae, Waiheke Island, New Zealand

    Hoa My Nguyen

    Viet Nam

    International Playback Theatre Network Conference (IPTN)

    Hanoi, Viet Nam to Bengaluru, India

    Rucha Kulkarni


    Residency/Workshop: 'Beyond Quilting'

    Mumbai, India to Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Saw Tamalar


    Art Connect International Art Camp 2019 Malaysia

    Yangon, Myanmar to Alor Seter, Kedah, Malaysia

    Sagar Shiriskar


    International Exhibition at Kunst Museum Winterthur

    Mumbai, India to Winterthur, Switzerland

    Tanya Maheshwari


    Artists' Residency at KBach Gallery

    New Delhi, India to Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Shahana Rajani


    Practice-led research: 'Across Tides and Times'

    Karachi, Pakistan to Bangkok, Thailand

    Linh Pham

    Viet Nam

    Sowing Seeds International Artist Residency

    Hanoi, Viet Nam to Udaipur, India

    Quynh Anh Le

    Viet Nam

    Rotterdam International Film Festival

    Hanoi, Viet Nam to Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Arthur Gill


    Training: Music in the field of Special Education

    Islamabad, Pakistan to Scotland, United Kingdom

    Huma Mulji


    Exhibition at Canvas Gallery

    Bristol, United Kingdom to Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan

    Kazi Muyeed Shahriar Shiraz Joy


    Wanderland Music & Arts Festival 2020

    Dhaka, Bangladesh to Makati, Philippines

    Masuma Khwaja


    Artists' Residency: Olfactory History of Oosterdok

    Karachi, Pakistan, to Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Hamza Bangash


    Festival du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand

    Karachi, Pakistan to Clermont Ferrand, France

    Subodh Kumar Pandey


    Ethno France 2020

    New Delhi, India to Paris, France

    Lan Pham Ngoc

    Viet Nam

    Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival

    Hanoi, Viet Nam to Clermont Ferrand, France

    Faiham Ebna Sharif

    Bangladesh national living in Sweden

    Dhaka Art Summit: Seismic Movements

    Uppsala, Sweden to Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Anika Deb

    Bangladesh national living in United Kingdom

    Dhaka Art Summit

    London, United Kingdom to Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Stenzin Tankong


    Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival

    New Delhi, India to Clermont Ferrand, France

    Md Taohidunnobi


    Mother Tongue Festival 2020

    Dhaka, Bangladesh to Dublin, Ireland

    Jayachandran Palazhy


    Yokohama Dance Collection 2020, HOTPOT East Asia dance platform, The Asia Network for Dance AND+

    India, Bangalore to Yokohama, Japan

    Lablu Barua


    Workshop at Galicja Jewish Museum

    Bangkok, Thailand to Krakow, Poland

    Muzafar Khan


    Training of Workshop Leaders

    Islamabad, Pakistan to Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Lubdhak Chatterjee


    International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020

    Delhi, India to Rotterdam, Netherlands,

    Zun Ei Phyu


    SEAD Fellowship program II ( 2019-2020)

    Yangon, Myanmar to Ban lien, Bac Ha District, Lao Cai, Viet Nam

    Khamphart Tongchan

    Lao PDR

    SEAD Fellowship program II (2019-2020)

    Luang Prabrang, Lao PDR to Hanoi, Viet Nam

    Binh Hoang

    Viet Nam

    Berlinale Talents 2020

    Hanoi, Viet Nam to

    Berlin, Germany

    Poornima Sardana


    Emotions in the Museum Conference

    New Delhi, India to York, United Kingdom

    Tathagata Ghosh


    34th BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival

    Kolkata, India to London, United Kingdom

    Haribaskar Ganesan


    Artists' Residency: Just Enough Madness

    Chennai, India to Bradford, United Kingdom

  • Mobility First! Webinar on 12 Dec

    Published on 19 Nov 2019

    Do you have doubts about your grant application?


    Meet the #MobilityFirst team at our very first webinar on Thursday, 12 December 2019!



    In an hour, we will share:

    • A brief introduction to ASEF and our Mobility First! travel grant
    • An overview of the current special open call for nationals of Bangladesh, India, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Pakistan & Viet Nam
    • Some insights on how to best approach the application process and what we look out for when evaluating applications

    We will address specific questions about the special open call criteria and eligibility and go through the application process as well.


    The webinar will be live and we look forward to hearing directly from you!



    Thursday, 12 December 2019, 5:00PM – 6:00PM Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +8)


    For whom?

    Artists and cultural professionals from Bangladesh, India, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Pakistan and Viet Nam, who are interested in or applying for our Mobility First! travel grant


    How do I join the webinar?

    Click here to register.



    Deadline to register for webinar

    Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 12:00 PM (GMT+8)


    We will send the instructions on how to access the webinar on 11 December 2019 before 6:00 PM (GMT+8).



    See you then!

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