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Fellowships for Arts Managers

Fellowships for USA, Canada, and International Arts
Organization Executives for Training and Mentoring

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DeVos Institute of Arts Management, University of Maryland

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Fellowships of three years to USA, Canada, and International arts organization executives that will consist of intensive academic training in nonprofit management, networking opportunities with cultural institution leaders, collaborative group work, and ongoing mentoring. Applicants must submit an LOI by December 15, 2017.

First-year, second-year, and third-year fellows attend residencies together and engage in activities tailored to their year in the program.

Fellows receive:
- Air and ground transportation between Washington, D.C. and their state or country of residence
- Lodging during the Fellowship
- Per diem to cover living expenses during the Fellowship
- Visa sponsorship (for international applicants)
- Program materials

The Fellowship is comprised of three parts:

1. Residencies in downtown Washington, D.C.
Fellows visit Washington, D.C. for one month each year for three consecutive years on the following dates: June 25–July 20, 2018; July 1–26, 2019; and June 29–July 24, 2020. During residencies, Fellows participate in seminars, strategic planning exercises, and independent and collective learning opportunities designed for the needs of the cohort.

2. Strategic Planning at each Fellow’s Home Organization
From their home organizations, Fellows engage key staff members and their board (if applicable) in strategic planning activities that establish a framework for planning and support the process of developing and implementing a strategic plan. Fellows participate in quarterly executive roundtables led by Fellowship alumni on the Institute’s online learning platform. These sessions provide a group setting where strategies and challenges can be shared among a group of peers and alumni for facilitated feedback and shared learning. In addition, Fellows have access to the Institute’s virtual activities, including webinars, master classes, and video archives.

3. Mentoring
Each Fellow is paired with an Institute Advisor in their region or discipline for ongoing support tailored to the needs of the Fellow. Advisors support Fellows as they pursue their organizational objectives and in developing and implementing their strategic plan within their home organization.

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GrantWatch ID#: 165405

Term of Contract:

Fellows attend a four-week program in residence for three consecutive years. Residency dates are June 25 – July 20, 2018; July 1 – 26, 2019; and June 29 – July 24, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:

- Have a minimum of five years working experience in an administrative capacity in an arts or cultural organization
- Currently serve as the executive director (or equivalent) or the head of a major department within an arts or cultural organization
- Have an excellent command of business English, orally and written
- Be able to commit to the full term of the Fellowship (Washington D.C. residency dates are June 25 – July 20, 2018; July 1 – 26, 2019; and June 29 – July 24, 2020. Fellows receive personalized mentoring and participate in virtual activities in between residencies.)

Pre-Application Information:

The fellowship application process includes a Letter of Intent (LOI) followed by a Full Application for selected finalists.

Phase One: Letter of Intent
Interested candidates are asked to submit a brief Letter of Intent using the online form no later than December 15, 2017.

Phase Two: Invitation for Full Application
Letters of Intent will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Select candidates will be invited to submit a full application no later than January 30, 2018.

Phase Three: Interviews
Full applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Select candidates will be invited to interview with Institute leadership via video conference between January and April 2018.

Final application decisions will be made no later than May 2018. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified as soon as possible following each phase.


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DeVos Institute of Arts Management
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20004

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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