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Ulan Bator, Mongolei: Photography-Residency

Mongolei +-40°С Photo: © Rentsendorj Bazarsukh

Who: Applications will be accepted from photographers who live and work in Germany. Applicants are also expected to be open to the culture of the host country. Skills in the Mongolian language are not required. 

Section: Visual Arts   

Duration: 8–16 weeks in the period between early April and late September 2020. For stays of 8 weeks or more, the residency can be divided up into two stays (a study and a project phase). 

Closing date for applications: 1 September 2019 

The residency programme is for photographers who live and work in Germany. The programme will be carried out by the Goethe-Institut Mongolia together with the Mongolian University of Arts and Culture (MSUAC), the country’s chief art academy. The residency will enable you to develop and implement your own project. You will be expected to hold at least one workshop with students on location. In addition, active participation in two events during the stay is very desirable. A presentation of your work at the beginning of the residency and a final presentation of the project are planned. The format is flexible; it is also possible to work on an exhibition to be shown in Ulan Bator.

Current open call

8–16 weeks in the period between early April and late September 2020. For stays of 8 weeks or more, the residency can be divided up into two stays (a study and a project phase)..


Applications will be accepted exclusively by e-mail and must be written in German or English. Please send your application documents before the deadline in the form of a PDF file (max. size 5 MB) to Michael Heinst, director of the Goethe-Institut Mongolia: michael.heinst@goethe.de
Only complete applications will be processed.

Application documents

  • Curriculum vitae: Containing full contact data, information on education and an overview of your prior artistic career. 
  • Letter of motivation: Please describe what motivates you to take part in the residency programme in Ulan Bator (max. 4,000 characters). 
  • Project proposal: Please describe your project proposal and how you intend to implement it in Ulan Bator (max. 4,000 characters). Please go into how students at the MSUAC can participate in the project (e.g. in a workshop, a joint exhibition, etc.). 
  • Portfolio: Collection of at least 10, at most 15 pictures (with title and year, if necessary with a brief description) that provide insights into your artistic development and mode of working.

Closing Date fop Application

Please submit your application documents by 1 September 2019 to the above e-mail address. We are looking forward to your applications! 

Selection procedure

The selection will be made in consultation with the Goethe-Institut Mongolia, the Mongolian University of Arts and Culture (MSUAC) and the FH Dortmund, MSUAC’s partner university. The decision of the jury is final and not contestable. There is no legal claim to the award of a scholarship. The decision will be communicated to the candidates in writing, but without stating reasons for the decision.

Services of the program

  • Financing of travel costs to and from location (international flights, economy class) 
  • Provision of an exclusive working and living space in Ulan Bator for 8-16 weeks (guest apartment of MSUAC) 
  • Cost of living subsidy of 1,000.00 EUR (gross) per month 
  • Networking with artists and institutions relevant to the project via the network of the Goethe-Institut and the MSUAC  
  • Support in the implementation of the planned project (including budget for the production of the final presentation) 
  • Publication of the residence project and corresponding activities on the social media channels and the website of the Goethe-Institut Mongolia and of the MSUAC 

Services of the resident 

  • Development of your own project and holding workshops with students on location  
  • Presentation of your work/the project at the beginning of the residency  
  • Presentation of the results/process of the residency at the conclusion of the residency 
  • Dissemination of residency activities on your own social networks and website incorporating links and logos of the institutions involved in the residency project 


Michael Heinst
Director of the Goethe-Institut Mongolia
Tel.: +976 11 322751
Fax: +976 11 322752