The Foundation was created in 1956 by a clause in Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian’s will.

The head-office is located in Lisbon and it also has a delegation in the United Kingdom (UK Branch) and a centre in Paris (the Calouste Gulbenkian Cultural Centre).

The Foundation actively pursues its statutory aims in Portugal and abroad through a wide range of direct activities and grants supporting projects and programmes.

Legal form

The Foundation objectives are defined by field:

  • arts,
  • charity,
  • education
  • science
  • promotion of portuguese culture in Portugal and abroad,
  • support the Armenian Diaspora worldwide in order to preserve its language and culture.
Main Activities
  • Organisation of performances by the Foundation orchestra and choir in regular annual seasons
  • Organisation of solo and collective exhibitions of work by Portuguese and foreign artists.
  • International conferences, meetings and courses,
  • Award subsidies and scholarships for specialist studies and doctorates in Portugal and abroad,
  • Support programmes and projects of a scientific, educational, artistic and social nature.
  • Publishing, especially through its programme for university textbooks.
  • Foster co-operation projects with Portuguese-speaking African countries and East Timor
  • Active in various field of public interest
  • Open to international cooperation in the field of arts, scientific reseach
  • Grants and scholarships