Mobility First!

Mobility First! is a travel grant of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) which aims to enable artists and cultural professionals in Asia and Europe to participate in activities that would benefit their professional development and encourage their positive contributions to society.

Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) I

* The programme is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic


Through Mobility First! ASEF is able to promote P2P exchange across Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) countries and is able to provide financial support for international travel for artists and cultural professionals selected through its competitive open calls.


Better mutual understanding between Asia and Europe through intellectual, cultural and P2P exchanges.

Who is it for?

Individual artists and cultural professionals at an international level.


The two mobility routes supported are Asia to Europe, and Europe to Asia.

Duration of stay

All travel should take place between 20 January to 30 November 2020.

Exact dates are not mentioned.

Financing amounts

The grant is intended for covering international travel and visa costs only.

Exact amounts depend on the project.

Source of funding

Publicly funded by 53 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) partner countries.

Type of activity


Type of sector

Arts, Audio-visual arts, Crafts, Digital arts, Digital media arts, Film, Science, Visual arts, Music, Contemporary art, Virtual media art, Theatre, Applied arts, Interdisciplinary art practices