Camargo Core Program
About the Program
The Camargo Core Program is the historical and flagship program of the Foundation. Each year an international call is launched through which 18 fellows (9 artists and 9 scholars/thinkers) are selected. The Camargo Core Program offers time and space in a contemplative environment to think, create, and connect. By supporting groundbreaking research and experimentation, it contributes to the visionary work of artists, scholars and thinkers in the Arts and Humanities. By encouraging multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, it intends to foster connections between research and creation.
The Camargo Foundation welcomes applications from all countries and nationalities. Three main categories are available, and several subcategories for artists’ applications.
Scholars should be connected to the Arts and Humanities working on French and Francophone cultures, or cross-cultural studies that engage the cultures and influences of the Mediterranean region. To be eligible for a fellowship in the “Scholars” category, applicants are expected either to hold a PhD and a record of post-doctoral scholarship, or to be PhD candidates completing the final stages of research for, or writing of, their dissertation.
Thinkers include accomplished professionals and practitioners in cultural and creative fields (such as curators, journalists, critics, urban planners, independent scholars, etc.) who are professionally engaged in critical thought. We are interested in work attuned to the theoretical “arena”, the arts, and society.
Artists (all disciplines) +
Artists, in all disciplines, should be the primary creators of a new work/project and should have achieved a track record of publications/performances/exhibitions, credits, awards and/or grants. We are interested in artists who have a fully developed, mature artistic voice. Applicants may include artists who are engaged in critical thought and research-oriented projects. When applying, artists will have to choose among the following subcategories: Visual Artists / Choreographers and Performance Artists / Writers and Playwrights / Film, Video and Digital Artists / Composers and Sound Artists / Multidisciplinary Artists.
Collaborative Projects +
Teams of up to three persons are also welcome, including but not limited to multidisciplinary collaborative projects. Only one stipend, one travel grant, and one multi-bedroom apartment will be awarded per team. The travel grant will cover the travel expenses of the member of the team traveling the greatest distance. One member of the team must be designated the official fellowship recipient. Collaborative teams must provide application materials for all members of the team, including resume, work samples, etc.
Translation Projects +
Professional translators are eligible to apply. Academic translators who meet the eligibility requirements for Scholars are supported through the Scholar category. Literary translators with a theoretical or research-oriented project are encouraged to apply under the Thinker category. Translators whose projects involve creative literature can apply under the Writer category.
Former Fellows +
First-time applicants are normally given preference over previous Camargo Fellows. Applications by former Fellows are not considered sooner than three years after their previous Camargo Core Program Fellowship.
Purpose of the Residency
- Research, Experiment & Create: applicants may apply either with a specific project (e.g. completion of a book, an artwork, etc.) or with a specific area of inquiry (i.e. an investigation of a specific topic or issue in advance of writing or creating a work of art) on which they would like to work during the residency. An area of inquiry should represent exploration and investigation in the candidate's field. The Camargo Core Program welcomes both open-ended exploration, or more focused works and long-term research projects.
- Exchange & Network: during the residency, discussions are held regularly so that each Fellow has the opportunity to present the project or area of inquiry to the group. These project discussions serve as an opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange. All Fellows are required to be present at these discussions. The Camargo Foundation’s Staff will provide formal and informal links with the region, meetings with professionals whose areas of expertise are relevant for the Fellow, opportunities to attend events, and the option of inviting outside professionals to project discussions. On a voluntary basis, Fellows have the opportunity to present their work within cultural and educational organizations in the region. Such events are conceived and organized by the Foundation in close consultation with the Fellow.
Residency Periods +
The Camargo Core Program consists of fellowship residencies of six to eleven weeks. The dates for 2020/2021 are:
- Fall 2020: 8 weeks
- Spring 2021: 6, 8, or 11 weeks
A stipend of 250 USD per week is available, as is funding for basic transportation to and from Cassis for the Fellow for the residency. In the case of air travel, basic coach class booked far in advance is covered.
Accompanying Family Members +
Spouses/adult partners and dependent minor children are welcome to accompany fellows for short stays or for the duration of the residency. Accompanying children must be at least six years old upon arrival and enrolled in and attending school or organized activities outside the Camargo Foundation campus, during the week. Only family members whose names appear on the application form may be in residence. Animals other than officially registered service animals are not allowed. Fellows are responsible for securing all necessary documents and meeting all standards if bringing a service dog from outside of the country.
Click here to read the guidelines of the Camargo Core Program 2019-2020.
The call for applications for the Camargo Core Program 2020-2021 will be open in summer 2019.