Building Beyond Guidelines


You have ±5-12 years of relevant professional experience; 

You are from, living, registered and working in Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania, Tunisia, Chad, South Africa, or South-Sudan;

And you are an emerging artist, designer, creative or thinker whose practice relates to design, public space, architecture, activism, policy, and the digital space.

*Please note that previous grantees of the Prince Claus Fund are not eligible to apply unless their previous project is finished and closed before the end of 2021.  


You can apply for this opportunity through our online application system. The application includes questions relating to the programme and your practice, a concept outline of work to be developed within the mentorship, a portfolio of previous work, and a pitch/motivation. 

*Please note that due to the nature of the programme we can only accept applications in the English language. 

To apply you need to:  

  • Create an account on the Prince Claus Awards Platform and start a new submission for the Prince Claus Mentorship Award: Building Beyond
  • Fill in all required fields and attachments. You can save the application and complete it later up until the deadline. If you have any questions along the way, please refer to our FAQ or e-mail us at [email protected]
  • The deadline for applications is 1 November 2021 23:00 CET. We understand that many people have intermittent access to the internet, or unstable connections, but please keep this in mind when planning your submission. We encourage you not to wait until the last day with submitting as our online system will close automatically on the deadline and we cannot accept any applications after that point
  • You will receive an automatic email confirmation once your submission has been successfully received in the Prince Claus Awards Platform

We will let you know about the outcome of your application by the end of December 2021.  


Selected participants are expected to actively engage in all aspects of the mentorship programme, and be available for all scheduled meetings, travels and communications. Continued participation is dependent on this active engagement. We will communicate the expectations in a timely manner.  

The financial award is meant to be invested in the development of the concept outlined in your application. The Creative Industries Fund-NL and the Prince Claus Fund cover the costs related to the mentorship programme itself, including travel expenses, visa costs and stay. Participants are responsible for their own travel insurance. Further details on the covered expenses are communicated with successful applicants at a later date.  


We aim to ensure the selection of participants is done in a fair and transparent manner, according to clear criteria and process where due consideration is given to all proposals that meet our eligibility requirements. The process is as follows: 

Phase 1: Intake and Evaluation of Applications  

The Programme Committee of the Creative Industries Fund-NL and the Prince Claus Fund evaluate all eligible applications according to the assessment criteria outlined below, and select a short-list of the most eligible applications.  

Phase 2: External Evaluations   

The short-listed applications are assessed by a group of external advisors, who are experts in the thematic focus of the call and represent the regional focus. Additionally the applicants’ references are approached.  

Phase 3: Decision Making 

Based on the outcomes of the external assessments, the Programme Committee makes a final selection of award recipients. In the selection special attention is paid to diversity, geographical spread, focus of work, level of engagement with the subject matter, and quality of practice.  

All applicants are informed of the outcome of their application by the end of December 2021.  


The following criteria are used for assessing applications:  

  1. Original: the work is innovative and artistically interesting
  2. Transformative: the work engages with pressing social/political issues, is challenging and thought-provoking, and aims to create lasting change
  3. Context-specific: the work is important in and relevant to the local context
  4. Inclusive: the work is linked to the ultimate aim of more inclusive societies, connecting people in ways that resist marginalisation, oppression and division
  5. Impactful: the award will make a real difference to the professional development, engagement and impact of the individual's practice
  6. Potential to Accelerate: the individual has the potential to become a leader in the field, the work is engaged and focused on relevant social issues within context


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Tessa Giller

Head of Programmes