Fans have until April 1 to apply to the Shimmer Program for a travel grant to visit the sff community in China: “To Come on A Science Fiction Adventure in China ——Application guidelines for The Shimmer Program’s First Two-way Exchange Fund”.
They will pick one or two recipients who already “have a certain presence in [their] local or an international science fiction community” and are not citizens of China.
Familiarity with the Chinese language is not a requirement. All application documents and the interview will be in English.
The chosen travelers will visit China later in 2018 or 2019, and meet the sff community in at least two of these four cities: Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, and Shenzhen. In each city, the traveler will make a presentation about their science fiction community. They will report on the trip in social media, and agree to carry out other responsibilities once the trip is over —
After you return from the exchange project, you should host at least one presentation event where you share your experience in China, experience with Chinese science fiction and your experience with The Shimmer Program with your local (international) science fiction community. If possible, we would like for you to serve as an ambassador for Chinese science fiction, and spread the words about Chinese science fiction in other international communities.
Full guidelines are at the linked article.
[Thanks to Darnell Coleman for the story.]