Camargo Core Program

About the Program

The Core Program is the flagship program of the Camargo Foundation. Since 1971, the Camargo Foundation has awarded residencies to over 800 Core Program Fellows as part of its mission to support groundbreaking research, experimentation, and interdisciplinary approaches in the Arts and Humanities. Each year, an esteemed panel of scholars and arts professionals selects 18 individuals or teams from over 1,000 submissions from around the world. Winners are awarded residencies in a stunning, contemplative environment where they have the space, time, and freedom to think, create, and connect. Fellowships span 6 to 11 weeks. With each cohort of Fellows, the Foundation strives to foster connections between research and creation.


The Camargo Foundation prizes diversity and welcomes applicants from all countries and nationalities, representing a broad range of creative thought and practice. Three main categories are available, and several subcategories for artists’ applications.

  • Scholars +

    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 +

    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 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, Theater Directors, and Performance Artists / Writers and Playwrights / Film, Video and Digital Artists / Composers and Sound Artists / Multidisciplinary Artists.

Additional Information

  • Collaborative Projects +

    Teams of up to three individuals are welcome to apply, including but not limited to interdisciplinary 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 team member 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 CVs and work samples.

  • Translation Projects +

    Professional translators are eligible to apply. Academic translators who meet the eligibility requirements for Scholars can apply under the Scholar category. Literary translators with a theoretical or research-oriented project are encouraged to apply under the Thinker category. Translators who frame their practice as creative writing can apply under the Writer category. Applicants are welcome to choose the category they prefer according to their specific project and profile.

  • Former Fellows +

    When equally ranked, first-time applicants are normally given preference over previous Camargo Fellows. Former Fellows may not apply until three years after their previous fellowship.

Purpose of the Residency

  • Research, Experiment & Create: Applicants must submit a proposal of work they would like to accomplish during their residencies. Proposals may include specific projects to develop or complete (e.g. a book, film, composition, artwork, etc.) or research into a particular topic or issue, in advance of writing or creating a work of art. Research projects should be pertinent to the Fellow’s field. The Camargo Core Program welcomes both open-ended exploration, or more focused works.
  • Exchange & Network: During the residency, discussions are held regularly so that Fellows have the opportunity to present their work 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 to Fellows’ work, and opportunities to attend events and to invite outside professionals to project discussions. On a voluntary basis, Fellows have the opportunity to present their work as part of the programming of cultural and educational organizations in the region. As part of Camargo’s interest in engaging the local community, we encourage Fellows to also consider possible programs with students (for example, a classroom visit or hands-on workshop). Such events would be conceived and organized in close consultation with the Foundation staff.

Practical Information

  • Residency Periods +

    The Camargo Core Program consists of fellowship residencies that span 6 to 11 weeks. The dates for 2020/2021 are:

    • Fall 2020: 8 weeks from September 8 to November 3
    • Spring 2021: 6 weeks from February 23 to April 6, 8 weeks from February 23 to April 20, or 11 weeks from February 23 to May 11
  • Stipend +

    A stipend of 250 USD per week is provided, 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 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. The Camargo Foundation staff will advise on enrollment in the local public schools. 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 2020-2021. Please note that this open call is now closed and these guidelines are for information purpose only and do not apply for the Camargo Core Program 2021-2022.

To Apply

The call for applications for residencies in fall 2021 and spring 2022 will be open in the summer of 2020.

Fall 2019

8 weeks from September 10, 2019

Nityan Unnikrishnan, Visual Artist, India
Pelin Esmer, Filmmaker, Turkey
Floy Krouchi, Composer, France
Abdelmoneim Mohammed Rahamtalla, Poet, Writer and Journalist, Sudan
João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga & Lindiwe Matshikiza, Artist, Composer, South Africa
Maia Woolner, Scholar (History), US
Aliko Songolo, Scholar, US
Livia Cahn, Anthropologist, Belgium
Noémie Pons-Rotbardt, Architect, Belgium
Elise Debouny, Graphic designer & Illustrator, Belgium
Sue Peabody, Professor of History and Liberal Arts, US

Spring 2020

6 / 8 / 11 weeks from February 25, 2020

Arko Datto, Visual Artist, India
LaToya Watkins, Writer, US
Justin Messina, Composer, US
Matteo Rubbi, Visual artist, Italy
Zeyn Joukhadar, Writer, US
Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi, Scholar (Art History), US
Constantine Petridis, Curator, US
Elizabeth Marcus, Scholar (History), US
Katherine Reinhart, Scholar (Art History), UK
Coline Houssais, Curator, France
Pierre France, Scholar, France
Masoud Olia, Scholar (Philosophy), Iran

Last Session in Pictures

Fall 2019