Who can apply for a grant?

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In 2020, CIMAM expects to offer around 20 travel grants to support the attendance of contemporary art museum professionals to CIMAM’s 2020 Annual Conference that will be held in Lodz and Gdansk, 6-8 November 2020.

CIMAM’s Travel Grant Program supports individuals’ curatorial and research development through their attendance at 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. 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.

A list of eligible regions and countries will be announced soon.

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 (check-in 5 y check-out 9 November 2020).

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, access to organized visits and coach service to and from planned visits.


Candidates 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 Calendar

- 1 June 2020: Deadline to submit applications.
- 15 June (estimated): Beneficiaries are informed.
- 20 June (estimated): Deadline for beneficiaries to accept the grant's terms and conditions.
- 30 June (estimated): Announcement of beneficiaries.
- 1 December: Deadline to submit written reports to CIMAM.

For further information please contact travelgrants@cimam.org