Research on the Arts Program Call is Now Open
17 / 5 / 2019

The call for applications for the second cycle (2019-2021) of the Research on the Arts Program (RAP) is now open. The RAP is a joint program by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) and the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS).

This program encourages academics and art practitioners to undertake research on the arts with the broad aim of empowering the production of different kinds of knowledge and encouraging dialogue between academia and practice. Art research can be academic or practice-led however the research output must include a written component, where theory, context, connections, reflection, and systematic investigation are shown and communicated. The program aims at canvassing a broad range of research proposals from across different countries and disciplines. We also encourage research that studies more than one country or region. We particularly invite interdisciplinary proposals that link the arts, humanities and social sciences. Quantitative as well as qualitative methods are eligible and mixed-method approaches are encouraged.

The program is open to individual researchers, research teams, collectives of researchers and institutions (universities, research centers, arts centers, Research NGOs, etc.). Individual researchers could be academics or art practitioners. Also, teams and collectives could include academics and arts practitioners (please see the Call for specific requirements).

Grants are for the duration of 18 months for individuals, teams and collectives (starting December 2019 and ending May 2021) and for up to 24 months for institutions (starting December 2019 and ending December 2021).

The call opens on May 17, 2019 and closes on August 10, 2019. For detailed information about the program, including the eligibility criteria and application process, click here.

Applicants must submit the online application and a narrative proposal (including appendices) on the AFAC website AND create a profile page on the ACSS website. Applications are available in Arabic, English and French.

Please review the program’s Frequently Asked Questions before applying.

Prospective applicants may approach both AFAC and ACSS with questions about any aspect of the call. Please email both AFAC ( AND/OR the ACSS Grants and Fellowships Unit (