Fellowship Burgund-Franche-Comté

Our partner residency Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts in Besançon (ISBA) is located in the east of France in the Franche-Comté region near the Swiss border. Artists with a Rhineland-Palatinate connection* can apply for a 3-month scholarship in Besançon.


The ISBA is the only art academy in Franche-Comté. The institute has a history dating back to the 18th century, when it was founded as the Royal Academy of Arts in the centre of the city. In 1972, the Academy moved to La Bouloie (home of the Faculty of Science of the University of Franche-Comté) in a modern building designed by Catalan architect Josep Lluis Sert. Its 7000 square metres house workshops, studios, teaching and exhibition rooms, a library, a conference room and the artists’ residences. The workshops and rooms for drawing, painting, engraving, screen printing, typography, computer graphics, wood and metalworking as well as the photo lab, video and sound studio are supervised by qualified assistants and technicians.


The Ministry for Family Affairs, Women, Culture and Integration in Rhineland-Palatinate awards an annual scholarship for a three-month stay at the ISBA. The scholarship is coordinated by the ARSB.


  • Duration: three months
  • Start: October
  • Scholarship money: 1400 euros
  • Travel allowance covered up to 500 euros

The place and the rooms

Burgund Franche Comte

How to apply

An application form is available online for each scholarship during the application period (mid-April to the end of May).


The prerequisite is a completed artistic degree (M.F.A. or comparable) followed by at least two years of artistic practice.
Balmoral endeavors to support artists whose work still shows potential for artistic development. Candidates should be released from all professional obligations for the duration of the residency and be proficient in French and English.


NOTE: This scholarship is not tied to the annual theme.

* Reference to Rhineland-Palatinate: The scholarship is aimed at (and/or) applicants who were born, live, work or have studied fine arts with a degree in Rhineland-Palatinate. Proof of temporary residence in Rhineland-Palatinate in the context of a scholarship stay in the region is not considered a fulfilled condition.



Selection procedure

The ARSB expert jury makes a preliminary selection of applicants; the final selection is made by the partner residency. The jurors select according to qualitative criteria