OPEN CALL: Travel Grants 2018!

Thanks to the generous support of the Getty FoundationMALBA–Fundación CostantiniAlserkal ProgrammingV-A-C FoundationSamdani Art Foundation and Byucksan Foundation, CIMAM offers around 30 grants to support the attendance of contemporary art museum professionals to CIMAM’s 2018 Annual Conference The Museum in Transition that will be held in Stockholm, 2–4 November 2018.

Deadline to submit applications is 30 June 2018 24:00 CET.
Grants funded by the Getty Foundation : Deadline to submit applications is 20 July 2018 24:00 CET.

→ Application Form
→ CIMAM’s 2018 Annual Conference


CIMAM’s Travel Grant Program supports individuals’ curatorial and research development through their attendance to the Annual Conference where the most current concerns on contemporary art practices are being discussed. Awarded candidates benefit from unique networking opportunities through interaction and exchange with international museum directors and peers including the mentorship of CIMAM Board Members throughout the conference days. Travel grantees become Members of CIMAM for the triennial they have been awarded.


Grants are restricted to modern and contemporary art museum or collection directors and curators in need of financial help to attend CIMAM’s Annual Conference. Researchers and independent curators whose field of research and specialization is contemporary art theory, collections and museums and most of their field of professional activity is related to the functions of an art museum, are also eligible. Applicants should not be involved in any kind of commercial or for-profit activity. While professionals of all career levels are encouraged to apply, priority is given to junior directors and curators (less than 10 years’ experience). Candidates who have previously received CIMAM grants from the same grant contributor may only be considered for a new grant after 3 years since the previous grant was awarded.

Individuals who have applied for the MALBA-Fundación Costantini, Alserkal Programming, V-A-C Foundation and Samdani Foundation and are eligible also for the Getty Foundation grants, will be considered again, in case they have not been selected.

→ The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles supports 15 professional development grants to contemporary art museum and collection curators and directors from countries with Emerging Market and Developing Economies according to the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook.

→ MALBA–Fundación Costantini supports 4 travel grants to modern and contemporary art museum and collection directors and curators born or residing with more than 4 years in Latin America.

→ Alserkal Programming supports 2 travel grants to modern and contemporary art museum and collection curators and directors residing in the United Arab Emirates and the wider Middle East and North Africa region (Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Tunisia).

→ V-A-C Foundation supports 2 travel grants to modern and contemporary art museum and collection directors and curators residing in Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan).

→ Samdani Art Foundation supports 2 travel grants to modern and contemporary art museum and collection directors and curators residing in countries of the South Asia region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka).

→ Byucksan Foundation supports 1 travel grant to modern and contemporary art museum and collection directors and curators residing in the Northeast Asia region(Republic of Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Mongolia).

Purpose of the grant

The support is limited to cover conference registration*, travel expenses (round trip economy flight tickets only) and 4-night accommodation in one of the hotels recommended by CIMAM. Distribution of funds is set on a case-by-case basis for each recipient. CIMAM books and pre-pays all expenses directly (travel and accommodation) avoiding reimbursements to any grantee. Funds do not cover transportation to/from the airport, visa expenses, travel insurance and registration to the optional conference tours.

*Conference registration includes access to all conference sessions, lunches, dinners, refreshment breaks, access to organized visits and coach service to and from planned visits. All registered delegates also receive a copy of the 2018 Conference program and a courtesy tote bag.


ProcessCandidates are invited to complete an online application form and include a CV and short résumé, a motivation statement and two letters of recommendation by professionals or scholars who are familiar with the candidate’s qualifications.

Selection Process

Travel grant applications are evaluated and conferred by CIMAM’s Travel Grant Committee, composed by members of the CIMAM Board, and the Travel Grant Funder. Grants are conferred based on the assessment of the candidate’s genuine financial need, the potential benefit to his/her development and/or research and the relevance of field experience in relation to the objectives of CIMAM. When accepting the grant, each successful candidate is invited to submit an online acceptance form and to agree to the grant’s Terms and Conditions.

→ Travel Grant Funders
→ Application Form

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