OUR WORK: Arn Chorn-Pond Living Arts Scholarship

PROGRAM: Arts Development
AIMED AT: People studying or working in the arts sector


The Arn Chorn-Pond Living Arts Scholarship helps talented people to pursue careers in the arts. The program helps students to develop skills in leadership, financial management, and career planning, and provides bursaries to help cover training fees and expenses.

Scholarships are open to arts students and artists who show talent and motivation to increase their expertise – with priority given to applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Around 110 students has been awarded since we started our Arn Chorn Pond Scholarship Program. Last year 10 students was awarded. They applied for scholarship to support their studying both artistic and non-artistic skill. 10 new scholarship students were awarded this year!!!

OPEN NOW: Application for Arn Chorn-Pond Living Arts Scholarship 2023

Following the selection process, new scholarships will be awarded in September 2022. To apply, please download the information sheet and application form the box below and submit to sormanak@cambodianlivingarts.orgor Facebook Message En Sormanak

Or get the application from Cambodian Living Arts office in Phnom Penh: #128G9, Sothearos Blvd, Sangkat Tonle Basak, Khan Chamkarmorn

Women, people with disabilities, people from ethnic minority groups and other underrepresented groups or communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

For further assistance, please contact our team at 010 941 224 or sormanak@cambodianlivingarts.org from Mon-Fri (8am-5.30pm).

Application opens until 31 May 2022



CHAN Savatey

Savatey is from Battambang and currently she is a Junior Communication Officer in Phnom  Penh. She used to work in several arts institution and she observed that some artists don’t have strong communication skill to promote their work wisely, her purpose is to help promote their works and connect with local and international galleries. Savatey applies for scholarship to study French to fulfil her purpose to pursue her study in Communication and Arts Media in France.



Kea is shadow puppet artist (big and small puppet, and sculpture) and troupe leader at Bambu Stage in Siem Reap. He and his team has created many meaningful performance telling the stories of citizens and the issues happening in society. He also used to teach young student how to sculpture. He applies for scholarship to study performing arts to enhance his artistic skill further and deeper.


PENG Chantrea

Chantrea is from Kampong Thom and she is a troupe coordinator and leader in communication and finance to promote arts to young people in her community. She applies for scholarship to study General English to build her communication with foreigners in order to promote culture and arts.


PHLAN Sochea

Sochea was born in Ratanakiri province and currently is studying Bachelor of Architecture at Norton University. He applies for scholarship to support his study at the university. This scholarship will be his big contribution to support his study until graduate, enable him to become a promising architect who uplift Khmer culture and especially ethnic minority culture and become a role model for youth in his community.


SEA Sophearun

Sophearun graduated a bachelor degree of Archeology from Royal University of Fine Arts. Currently he is technical staff working on research, documenting and conserving the heritage at APSARA National Authority in Siem Reap. He applies for scholarship to study general English as it’s necessary for communication and his translation skill. This scholarship will enable him to prepare to be the next young leader who is equipped with both hard skill and proficient language.


SO Channou

Channou is a teacher of classical and traditional dance at a primary school in Siem Reap. She applies for scholarship to study a Bachelor degree in Management, it will help her to manage and lead artists effectively. This scholarship will also equip her more knowledge in self-development and leadership and become an inspiration to young people in her community too.


SOR Sophay

Sophay graduated a Bachelor degree in Archeology from Royal University of Fine Arts and currently he works as an official at Department of Culture and Fine Arts at Prey Veng province. He applies for scholarship to pursue his master degree in Archeology at Royal Academy of Cambodia, he aims to document the ancient names of districts in Prey Veng and prepare record on artistic items as a collection book.



Troery Yam is a student at Bousra High School in Mondulkiri province and also a dancer in Bunong Bousra Art Troupe. She applies for scholarship to study general English to be able to promote her culture to the world. Her dream is to see her culture and arts become prosperous and well-known. This scholarship will enable her to have more knowledge in English, leadership, new perspectives and better self-confidence and become a role model in her community.


TRY Sokharaksmey

Try Sokharaksmey is an architecture student at Royal University of Fine Arts. She applies for scholarship to study general English because it will help her in doing her research, because most documents are in English language. Her dream career is becoming a professor in Architecture.  Through this scholarship it will build her soft skills, especially to find out about herself.


YEAN Chhenghak

Chhenghak is a year 1 student in Choreography at Royal University of Fine Arts. He used to involve as an artist and also a troupe leader in promoting artistic activities to communities in Kampong Thom province. He applies for scholarship to study general English that it will help support him his studying. His passion is to promote and bring his knowledge in arts to young people.

From the students:

“I am always passionate to attend scholarship meetings because I can learn new things, build my self-confidence, and strengthen the relationships with my friends”

KHEM Sok Srey Mean, Painting student

“My speaking skills and self-confidence have improved very much through the trainings and workshops by CLA.”

SGNOUN Kavey Sereyroth, Pin student

“I am more confident to share my ideas and am motivated to join educational events to improve both my general and artistic knowledge and skills”

EL Huyno, Painting student

2021 is the 10th anniversary of the Arn-Chorn Pond Living Arts Scholarship Program. Since 2011, the program has supported over 100 people with scholarships, consisting of financial support to be used towards training related to their (future) career in the arts, and pastoral support for personal and professional development during the scholarship period.

At this anniversary milestone, CLA would like to commission an independent review of the program, in order to assess the impact of the program so far and to receive recommendations on how to further improve or adapt the program for the current and future context of emerging artists and cultural workers in Cambodia.

Application opens until 21 July 2021

For further assistance, please contact our team at 010 941 224orsormanak@cambodianlivingarts.org from Mon-Fri (8am-5.30pm).

Download detail information of the call for proposal

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