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Ocean Fellowship


Ocean Space

Chiesa di San Lorenzo

Castello 5069

30122 Venice


The next call will be launched in December 2020.


Launched in 2020 by TBA21–Academy in conjunction with “Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation”, an exhibition curated by Daniela Zyman, the Ocean Fellowship is a three-month residential research program held at Ocean Space. Eight fellows and two mentors are invited to Venice to conduct research and participate in the Ocean Curriculum in relation to the exhibitions at Ocean Space. The paid Fellowship supports participants to work at novel knowledge and practice intersections on and with the oceans in a time of climate and ecological emergency.

For this program, TBA21-Academy hosts scholars and practitioners from across disciplines to convene for a short but intense period of co-research and development on Oceanic topics. It reflects the Academy’s long-standing practice of mobilizing art and science to promote ocean literacy, advocacy, and action. Crafted through a wide network of scientists, arts practitioners, activists, and collaborators, the Ocean Fellowship fosters critical discourse and imaginative possibilities around the current status and future of the oceans in a perilous moment.

In the course of the global pandemic of COVID-19, the first Ocean Fellowship, initially conceived to take place in Venice from March 2020, has been translated into a series of online components and programs featured on Ocean Archive. This open access online archive and learning platform, initiated by TBA21–Academy, hosts the digital manifestation of the exhibition “Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation”.

How to apply

The Ocean Fellowship program welcoms applications from undergraduates, master, PhD students, or recent graduates who are specialised in the fields of Art and Art History, Architecture and Spatial Research, Oceanography, Chemistry and Fluid dynamics, Political Theory and Political Science, Postcolonial Studies, Posthuman Feminist Studies, Anthropology and Indigenous studies, Accessibility and Educational Sciences, Environmental Humanities.

Currently there are no open calls.
The next call will be launched in December 2020 in relation to the next exhibition at Ocean Space.

The Open Call for two mentors runs in parallel with the call for Ocean Fellows and it will be published on this page.


Should you have specific questions regarding the various aspects of the Ocean Fellowship program, please contact us at for further inquiries.