UPDATE related to COVID-19: 

With the recent announcement by the World Health Organisation (WHO) labelling the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic, coupled with the current status of worldwide travel restriction, the health and safety of applicants and grantees of our Mobility First! travel grant is our utmost priority.

As such, Mobility First! 2020 General Open Call for 51 countries and Special Open Call for Women & Minority Groups with Prince Claus Fund are postponed until further notice. This means that we are not able to accept applications for these Open Calls at this time.

Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience. 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.

Applicants who have applied to us previously are advised to reapply when the call reopens.

Please check our website for updates about the Mobility First! open call.


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Since 1997, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) has been signposting mobility information, connecting mobility funders & supporting the travel of cultural professionals to attend its events. In 2017, ASEF launched Mobility First!, a travel grant for artists & cultural professionals, which has since been recognised by UNESCO as a success story for multilateral cultural co-operation.







 Contributing to the ASEM Process

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 "The ASEM Culture Ministers acknowledge the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) as the only institution of ASEM and recognise its important role in facilitating multilateral cultural cooperation among artists, arts organisations and museums in Asia & Europe. In particular, the Ministers positively acknowledge [...] the new travel fund Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative [...] to enhance Asia-Europe connectivity."

- Chair's Statement, 8th ASEM Culture Ministers' Meeting (ASEMCMM8) 


 Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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