Travel grants East-Central and Southeast Europe 2025
Travel grants offer cultural professionals the opportunity to access new networks, conduct research for current or future projects, realise concrete plans, and develop or flesh out ideas for new projects. Grant recipients have the freedom to choose when, within one year at the most, they will travel, arranging the times in accordance with their professional and family responsibilities. The travel grants are designed to foster creative processes and to serve as an inspiration for exploring the regions in question.
The Landis & Gyr Foundation does not fund travels in countries of East-Central/Southeast Europe that are on the list of countries the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) explicitly advises against visiting. Please consult the FDFA’s general travel advice before applying.
Travel and research projects must be conducted with due care and consideration of ethical aspects and cultural differences. The exact areas and times of travel can be organised freely within one year.
Travel grants are also suitable for stays with children. To promote a healthy work-family balance, the Foundation offers parents the opportunity to apply for financial aid of up to CHF 1,000 per month to help cover the costs of childcare and/or travel expenses for children. If a family stipend is desired, this must be communicated already in the application documents and family expenses must be specified in the breakdown of costs. In such cases, applicants are advised to contact the Foundation before submitting their application. Grant recipients are responsible for organising childcare; the Landis & Gyr Foundation does not assume responsibility for organising childcare.
Individuals as well as artistic duos from the following disciplines are invited to apply:
- Cultural criticism/curatorial work
- Visual arts
The Foundation welcomes projects with a transdisciplinary approach. Travel grants are not designed to support cultural professionals at the start of their careers. There is no age restriction.
Past recipients of a Landis & Gyr grant (artist residencies, travel grants and artist grants) must wait at least three years before submitting a new application. The reference date is the date of the final report. Persons who have unsuccessfully applied for a fellowship three times must wait three years before applying again. The reference date is the date of the most recent submission.
- Letter of motivation/reason for application
- Documentation/portfolio of artistic career and activities including a curriculum vita (Please also provide a list of any grants and awards received to date, as well as previous residencies; all links in the document must be set as hyperlinks)
- Project idea/description of planned activities and budget breakdown (costs related to project, living expenses on site, travel expenses)
Each year, the Foundation generally awards several travel grants of CHF 5,000 to 10,000 (for shorter trips and stays) up to CHF 30,000 (for longer projects).
Applications must be submitted online via the Landis & Gyr Foundation’s application platform. Any physical documents sent will be neither considered nor returned.
The application period for the 2025 travel grants opens on 1 December 2023. Application deadline: Wednesday, 31 January 2024.
The jury – made up of the Landis & Gyr Foundation Board and independent experts in the individual disciplines – convenes in March 2024. The final decision will be communicated to successful applicants by the end of May 2024 at the latest. Applicants who are not shortlisted will be informed in writing by the beginning of April 2024 (information sent to the address given in the application).
Contact for queries about the travel grants: Anna Wälli, email@example.com, 041 725 23 58 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)