25 October 2019.


Online, France, Paris.



5th EDITION / ‘Friends of the Arab World Institute PRIZE for young contemporary Arab artists’

The Society of Friends of the Arab World Institute helps the Arab World Institute (AWI) fulfil its mission to promote the discovery and knowledge of the Arab world. The Prize for young contemporary Arab artists aims to promote emerging creative talents from the twenty-two Arab League countries and give young artists international visibility.

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Launched in 2016, the Prize aims to support and help the general public discover young artists in the Arab world. The Prize aims to reveal new talent every year. Through this project, it also aims to give the general public an opportunity to see the contemporaneity of the Arab world through the unique view of a generation of artists who are under forty.
The 5th edition of the ‘‘Friends of the Arab World Institute (AWI) Award for young  contemporary Arab artists” will be organized as part of “Arab divas” collective exhibition, which will be inaugurated in April 2020 at the AWI.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Visual arts
  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Installations

Required Languages

English or French.

Eligible Countries


Program Period

Three-month, from April to July 2020.

  • Submission of applications: until 25 October 2019.
  • Meeting of the jury: November 2019.
  • Announcement of the prizewinner: November 2019.
  • Residency: 3 months, from February to April 2020.
  • Inauguration of the exhibition and prize-giving ceremony: April 2020.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

Participation in the competition is reserved for applicants who meet the following requirements; they must be:

  • A national of one of the following countries: Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, or Yemen.
  • An artist involved in the visual arts (drawing, photography, video, installations, etc.)
  • Aged under 40 (or aged 40) on 31 October 2019.
  • Apply as an individual.
  • An artist whose work has never been the subject of a monograph (other than in a gallery and art school).
  • Be able to speak some English or French.

Opportunity Cost


The prizewinning artist will :

  •  work in a residential studio in the Cité. internationale des arts, located in the Marais district, for 3 months, between February and April 2020.
  • Receive a grant worth 5,000 euros.
  • The grant comprises:
    – a creative grant to create the work whose project was submitted to the jury
    – a living allowance to cover daily expenses
    -The grant will be given to the winner during his/her stay in Paris.The work created by the artist will be donated by the latter to the AWI’s Museum.
  • Additional expenses covered by the Society of the Friends of the AWI:
    – the offer of a residential studio in the Cité internationale des arts
    – visa expenses
    – the artist’s transport expenses (round trip to Paris)
  • The prizewinning work will be exhibited throughout the exhibition ‘Arab Divas’, from April to July 2020. The work will then be integrated into the collections of the AWI’s Museum.

How to Apply

First Step: Download the Application form from Here, and fill it.

Second Step: Candidates will need to assemble an application dossier in French or English, comprising the following elements:

  • The completed application form.
  • Project description (2 pages max).
  • A CV (solely featuring the candidate’s artistic career).
  • A copy of an identity document.
  • A portfolio presenting previous work (between 5 and 20 pages max).


  • For more information about the competition, check here.
  • Dossiers will need to be sent, by post, e-mail, or Google Forms to the address below, with a strict deadline for receipt of 25 October 2019, at midnight.
  • Address: Société des Amis de l’IMA 1, rue des fossés Saint Bernard – Place Mohamed V – 75236 Paris Cedex 5, FRANCE
  • E-mail:

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This Scholarship Published by:
Hager Darwish/ Egypt

Reviewed by”Eman Morsy/ Egypt
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MARJ3 Scholarships team