Djerassi Resident Artists Program



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2013 UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program in partnership with UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists is offering a One-Month Bursary/Residency for one Visual Artist during the 2013 season.

Applications will be accepted from (non-US) artists living in developing countries who are between 25 and 35 years of age. The Aschberg Bursaries Programme gives priority to artists and institutions in developing countries, in order to enhance North-South and South-South cooperation.

The bursaries are intended for professional artists wishing to enrich their careers by acquiring experience abroad. Students are not eligible.

Applications and work samples will not be accepted by email.

The Residency
This will include a private work studio, living space, all meals, local transportation; and UNESCO–Bursary Programe will provide and manage the travel arrangements, a round-trip airfare at best rates in economy class to the San Francisco International Airport.

The selected artist is responsible for working materials and personal necessities. No other financial support is granted. Educational components such as artist workshops and/or classes are NOT offered as a part of this bursary.

The Djerassi Program is located in a spectacular rural setting in the Santa Cruz Mountains over-looking the Pacific Ocean, yet is within easy driving distance of San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area. Each four-week residency session is comprised of eight artists in the disciplines of visual arts, media arts, music composition, choreography and literature. It is designed as a retreat experience to pursue personal creative work and share in collegial interaction within a small community of artists. In this spirit residents are expected to commit themselves for the entire bursary session awarded to them.

The Visual Arts Studio has large wall space with high ceilings, a sink, fluorescent and incandescent lighting, skylights, separate sleeping loft, and a wood burning stove. There is also a large covered area outside where artists may work on projects.

Applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2012 for a bursary/residency in 2013.

Applicants will be notified of selection by email in February 2013.

Bursary/Residency Session Dates:
September 10, 2013 - October 9, 2013
(all laureates arrive on the first day and depart on the last day)

The bursaries are designed only for non-US citizens in developing countries.

The Aschberg Bursaries Programme is only intended for professional artists wishing to enrich their careers and by acquiring experience abroad. Students are not eligible.

The bursary is for the selected laureate only. The Djerassi Program does not offer accommodations to spouses, family members, children, or pets.

Candidates must be between 25 to 35 years old.

Laureates must have a speaking and comprehensive knowledge of the English language.

Laureates’ obligations:
The laureates agree to participate in the activities organized and/or offered by the host institution. The goal of the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme is to engage artists in a cultural exchange that is beneficial to all.

The laureates must also provide a report at the end of their residency to describe their experience, their interaction with the local community and the benefits they derived from their stay. This testimony will include samples of their work, which will be posted online in the Virtual Gallery of the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme.


Please do not send packages by certified mail or in any way that requires a signature from the staff at the Djerassi Program.

Applications and work samples will not be accepted by email.

Send all application materials to:
Djerassi Resident Artists Program
2325 Bear Gulch Road
Woodside, CA 94062


You must include the UNESCO/Djerassi application form, which can be obtained at the links below:

PDF version: (this form works bets with Adobe Acrotbat Reader:

HTML version:

You may use the format that works best for you. These are both interactive forms that you can fill out on the computer. For those who are unable to fill in the fields by computer, you may print the form and fill it in by hand.

Please note: The application form cannot be submitted electronically via the web and will not be accepted by email. You must print and send it by post along with other support materials.

You must include a letter explaining in one page the reasons why you wish to participate in a chosen residency. Describe your objectives, needs and expectations in relation to the residency.

You must include a curriculum vitea/resume indicating your educational qualifications, your artistic experience and your education and/or work experience abroad.

Submit jpeg images or prints (photos) of your work and an image list identifying works by number, title, medium, size, and year of completion.

jpeg images on CD or DVD should be approximately 800 x 600 pixels @ 72 dpi. Label each image with “your last name_your first name_1.jpg”, “your last name_your first name_2.jpg”, etc. the number should correspond with your image list.

Prints (photos) may be any size. Label each print with your name, number corresponding with image list, title of work and year of completion.

Please note: Work Samples will not be returned.

Testimonials or recommendations written by persons qualified to judge your artistic achievements and potential may be included, but are not required.

If you have any questions please email the Djerassi Program Residency Coordinator, Judy Freeland and use UNESCO Applicant in the subject line.



Djerassi Resident Artists Program
2325 Bear Gulch Road  
Woodside, CA 94062
650 747-1250