Research and creative residency for architects, architectural researchers, illustrators and authors at Academia Belgica in Rome, 2024 (call closed)

Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Embassy in Rome in partnership with the Academia Belgica, Centre for History, Arts and Sciences in Rome (AB), is offering a research and creative residency for Luxembourgish or living in Luxembourg authors, screenwriters, playwrights, illustrators, architects and architectural researchers (PhD Level minimum) for at least one month and up to two months (dates to be agreed upon with Academia Belgica), based on a call for applications. The aim of this residency is to help architects, architectural researchers, illustrators and authors in the broadest sense immerse themselves in the Roman environment and to encourage networking within the local art scene and with other academies and research institutes, contributing in the long run to the development of their professional career.

Located in the heart of Rome, the Academia Belgica is now part of an international network of thirty-eight academies and research institutes from nineteen countries in the Urbs, with which it collaborates regularly. The Academia Belgica is a public utility foundation that welcomes highly qualified artists and researchers. Their aim is to be an interdisciplinary centre for hosting and promoting high-level scientific and cultural activities and act as a bridge between national academic and cultural institutions on one hand and international universities and research and cultural centres on the other hand in Rome and elsewhere.


Kultur | lx offers a grant on the basis of a call for applications to all architects, architectural researchers (PhD Level minimum), illustrators and authors in the broadest sense, of Luxembourg nationality or living in Luxembourg, without any age limit, who demonstrate significant professional experience and commitment to the national art and culture scene.

All applications must be submitted via the online application form only. Any other document sent by post will not be accepted.

Deadline to apply: October 1st, 2023 at 23:59 CET

Residency terms

The residency of one to two months shall take place between March and July 2024 or between September and December 2024, the exact dates of the residency to be agreed with the Academia Belgica’s management department. The residency may be split up subject to availability and acceptance by Academia Belgica. During the residency, the resident shall be living in a single room with private bathroom and shall have access to the Academia Belgica’s shared kitchen, living room and library.
The resident agrees to respect the dates of the residence and the general rules.

Material and financial terms
  • Single private room;
  • A grant: a residency allowance of EUR 2,800 per month;
  • A flat fee for transport and daily expenses: fixed rate of EUR 600 per month.

The laureate must have health and repatriation insurance during his stay in Roma.

Organisation and selection panel

The application is free of charge and unpaid.

The laureate shall be designated based on the following selection procedure:

  • A pre-selection consisting of an examination of all applications by a committee made up of leading figures from the Luxembourg cultural scene;
  • A final selection made by the Academia Belgica’s art direction.

The selection panel grant the residency based on the relevance and integrity of the artistic approach. The selection panel may decide not to award any grant if it considers that the applications submitted do not meet the eligibility requirements. The selection panel’s decision is final.

All applicants shall be notified by e-mail.

The Jury for the pre-selection step is made up of :

  • Eline Bleser (luca – Luxembourg Center for Architecture)
  • Karine Bouton (neimënster)
  • Nathalie Kerschen (Architect and laureate 2023)
Required documentation
  • Cover letter;
  • Photocopy of the applicant’s ID card;
  • Proof of residence;
  • Healthcare registration certificate (social security affiliation statements) issued by the relevant social security body;
  • Art CV;
  • A letter of intent describing the personal art project and the research and/or creation topic (issues, objectives, techniques, main focuses…) 3 to 5 DIN A4 pages;
  • Art portfolio including visuals, texts, press reviews, video recordings, etc.
Laureate obligations

The laureate shall submit a detailed report to Kultur | lx upon termination of the residency. This report may be published by Kultur | lx or the Academia Belgica. The laureate shall also complete an internal survey to evaluate the residency. The survey shall not be shared. Kultur | lx may demand full or partial reimbursement of the grant if the laureate fails to submit the report. If the residency is terminated before the end of the term, the laureate shall refund the grant and the expenses related to the incomplete period of time.

The laureate shall comply with the internal regulations of the Academia Belgica.

The laureate agrees to mention Kultur | lx and Academia Belgica during the presentation of the works resulting from this residency as well as in any communication related to this residency.

Consent and duties

By submitting an application, the applicant states that the information provided is true and complete. He/she agrees that all members of the selection panel may have access to his/her personal information. He/she authorises the selection panel to verify the accuracy of all information relating to his/her application.

In the event that any information provided by the applicant is inaccurate, the applicant acknowledges that Kultur | lx reserves the right to cancel the application.

The beneficiary consents and accepts that Kultur | lx may use his/her name for promotional and advertising purposes related to the programme.

Payment of the grant

The residency allowance of EUR 2,800 per month and the flat rate of EUR 600 per month covering travel expenses as well as the grant shall be paid in two instalments: the first instalment of 80% shall be paid upon arrival in Rome, which must be notified in writing by the laureate, the second instalment of 20% after submission of the report upon termination of the residency.


Kultur | lx expressly reserves the right to cancel at any time and for any reason whatsoever the grants awarding under these terms, without any applicant being entitled to claim any compensation in this respect.

Further information

List of grant holders

Academia Belgica