Open Call: Travel Grants to attend CIMAM 2017 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 are also eligible. Applicants should not be involved in any kind of commercial or for profit activity.

While curators of all career levels are encouraged to apply, priority is given to junior 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.

→ 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, Buenos Aires supports 4 travel grants to modern and contemporary art museum and collection directors and curators from Latin America or foreigners with more than 3 years of residency in Latin America.

→ Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei supports 2 travel grants to modern and contemporary art museum and collection directors and curators from Taiwan.

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

Purpose of the grant

The support is limited to cover conference registration*, travel expenses (round trip economy 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, access to organized visits and coach service to and from planned visits. All registered delegates also receive a copy of the conference program and a courtesy tote bag.

Application Process

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 professional’s genuine financial need, the potential benefit to his 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 with the grant’s Terms and Conditions.

→ Application Form

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