The Institut Français and the Ministry of Culture and Communication set out a call for application within their joint residency program at the Cité internationale des arts / Paris – 2016.

Who this program is aimed at?

The French foreign cultural network as well as French and foreign cultural organizations can submit application for foreign artists they tend to support.

What are the conditions?

The Institut Français provide artists with a studio/apartment at the Cité internationale des arts/Paris. The French foreign cultural network as well as French and foreign cultural organizations must be able to cover the living and/or travel expenses for the laureates.



The Institut Français and the Ministry of Culture and Communication, along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, have decided to unify their respective residencies programs at the Cité internationale des arts. This new tender allows the Institut Français to double its accommodation capacity and to diversify the artistic domain of the residents.

This enlarged residency program aims at:

  • Empowering the visibility and legibility of the residency tender with a unique program dedicated to foreign artists and professionals;
  • Strengthening relationships with the international cultural network thanks to this new unified initiative;
  • Stimulating the professional coaching together with cultural organizations in France and abroad so as to build partnerships and cooperation projects during and after the residency;
  • Diversifying artistic domains and the scope of

This new edition of the Residency program at the Cité internationale des arts is an opportunity for the Institut Français and the Ministry of Culture and Communication to enhance projects of artists already in touch with French potential partners: venues such as art centres, cultural venues (public institutions and centres), companies, but also individuals: artists, curators, critics, researchers or any other art expert. These partners (organizations or individuals) will act as advisor, mediator and manager of the laureate during the residency.

The Institut Français reminds that the program is aimed at artists in every artistic domain: architecture/landscape/urbanism, street arts/circus/puppets, digital arts, visual arts, comics, cinema/movies/video, curating projects, dance/performances, design, literature, youth book, fine arts and crafts, modern music and jazz, classical and contemporary music, contemporary art performances, photography, theatre.





The Cité internationale des arts program is open to foreign creators, who wish to develop a project of research in Paris during a minimum period of three consecutive months. These artists may be identified by the Institut Français, Alliances françaises or French and foreign cultural organizations.

Who can apply? : Candidates must:

  • have a regular professional activity ;
  • speak French or English ;
  • provide proves of previous work ;
  • be able to organize their residency on their own ;
  • be available (without any professional obligations) during the residency

There is no age limit.


Despite the evaluation of the applicant’s professional accomplishments, a special attention will be given to the project quality, the necessity to stay in Paris, the candidate’s French and English proficiency, the process of work the candidate has elaborated and the capacity to develop collaborations with contacts the candidate has already established in France.

All applications will be examined by an advisory committee chaired by the General Director of the Institut Français, composed of experts from the Institut Français and representatives of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the French foreign cultural network and the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

The advisory committee can refuse any project without having to justify their decision. Their decision is irrevocable.

How to apply?

The application must be filed on the IFprog platform either by:

  • the Institut français/Alliance française located in the country of residence of the candidate.


  • the French/foreign cultural organizations located in the country of residence of the candidate.

Artists are not allowed to apply on their own.

The submitter shall mention the reasons motivating his choice and explain how he will highlight the residency of the laureate on his return. He will also have to specify financial engagement and/or the financial engagement of other partners involved in the project.

Dead line to apply : October 29, 2015

Selection: mid-November 2015


Conditions of the residency

The Institut Français will cover the studio/apartment rental, with a surface area of approximately 40m2, at the Cité internationale des arts located 18, rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004, Paris – France.

The submitter shall make sure that the laureate has sufficient resources for his stay. We therefore recommend that the laureate receive an allowance of 1.000 Euros per month (minimum) and/or a flight ticket. The cultural network, French or foreign partners (located in the country of residency of the laureate), may support these costs.

The submitter will also make sure that the laureate has got a visa to stay in France for the duration of his residency, as well as an insurance including: repatriation, hospital expenses, medical expenses and liability.

For more details about “Deposit and Additional services”, see the appendix below.


Dates and duration of the residency

The duration of the residency is 3 or 6 months. The laureate must arrive at the beginning of the first month of his residency and leave at the end of the last month of his residency, according to the following timetable for 2016 (no arrivals or departures in the middle of a month):

  • From January 4th to March 27th 2016 (preference for literature, youth book, comics, design, fine arts and craft work)
  • From April 1rst to June 27th 2016 (preference for cinema, movies and videos, live performances)
  • From July 1st to September 27th 2016 (all disciplines)
  • From October 3rd to December 27th 2016 (preference for visual arts)

In case of injustified adjournement of the arrival date or early departure, the payment of a penality can be This penality is calculated on the amount of the sum of the rent prorated to the days of absence.


For more information

Kindly contact, Alice O’Reilly, Cultural Officer at the Institut Français du Nigeria