DAI Friends & Alumni Grant

The DAI Friends & Alumni Grantis a one-off annual grant that is awarded to non-EU student/s in their second year of study at the DAI. It is funded by the generous donations from the DAI’s broader community. It is open to eligible and interested DAI students who bear financial burden and/or stress.

The DAI Friends & Alumni Grant is raising money for the second-year DAI students from outside the EU. 

For international students who have achieved the enormous task of financing a move to the Netherlands to undertake their DAI study, second year is a critical financial and academic time. Non-EU second year students can find this period particularly difficult.  

Upon graduating, non-EU DAI alumni become eligible for funding options that can make it possible to live (often humbly) as an artist in NL. As well as social benefits, there is also state and municipal funding, paid residency programs, and just the basic joy of sometimes being paid to show one’s work. 

The DAI Friends & Alumni Grant recognises that many privileges and opportunities can be traced to the structural wealth generated during the colonial reign of Western European countries and into the present day, of which NL was and is a significant player. 

Students who pay international study fees are oftentimes those who come from places that have been systematically excluded and extracted from across centuries by countries such as NL. DAI Friends & Alumni Grant is a small step towards recognising this asymmetry, and sharing this wealth with others. Wealth distribution = reparations ☺ We encourage you to pay it forward, any amount is welcome.

Meet the 2021 funding recipients here.

Meet the 2020 funding recipient here.


Call for monetary contributions from DAI friends & alumni:  
timeline 10 October – 10 January 2023


Follow the link above to donate through paypal or direct transfer.  Please share this with your networks to boost this campaign, any and all contributions (5 or 10 euros) makes a difference. 

The 2021-22 DAI Friends & Alumni Grant is convened by the following alumni: Ulufer Çelik (2018), Clementine Edwards (2018), Lukas Malte Hoffmann (2019), Zachary Schoenhut (2020), Raúl Silva (2021), and Marika Vandekraats (2022).

For further information, contact Daifriendsgrant@gmail.com

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