Travel Grant ProgramSupported by
the Getty Foundation,
Fundación Cisneros/Colección
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and
the Gwangju Biennale Foundation 

CIMAM 2015 Annual Conference
Tokyo 7–9 November 2015
How Global can Museums be?
Tokyo, Japan

Thanks to the generous support of the Getty Foundation, Los Angeles, the Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and the Gwangju Biennale Foundation CIMAM offers 24 grants to support the attendance of modern and contemporary art curators and museum or collection directors to CIMAM’s 2015 Annual Conference, How Global can Museums be? that will be held in Tokyo, 7–9 November 2015.
Deadline to submit applications – Wednesday 15 July 2015 24:00 CET
Application Form

ElegibilityGrants are restricted to modern and contemporary art curators and museum or collection directors 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. While professionals of all career levels are encouraged to apply, priority is given to junior professionals (less than 10 years’ experience). Applicants having received CIMAM grants from the same grant contributor will not be considered for a new grant before 3 years.

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

→ The Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros supports 4 travel grants to contemporary art museum and collection curators and directors residing in Latin America with priority to Central America and the Caribbean. Deadline to apply extended! Wednesday 15 July 2015 24:00 CET.  

→ The Gwangju Biennale Foundation supports 4 travel grants to modern and contemporary art museum and collection curators and directors residing in South Korea.
Purpose of the grant
The support is limited to cover conference registration*, travel expenses (round trip economy tickets only) and accommodation in one of the hotels recommended by CIMAM. Distribution of funds is set on a case-by-case basis for each recipient. Funds are exclusively related to support the purpose for which the grant has been awarded.

*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 conference program and a courtesy tote bag. Funds will not cover registration and expenses related with the post-conference tour.
Application Process
Candidates are invited to complete an online application form and include a CV and short biography, a motivation statement and two letters of recommendation by professionals or scholars who are familiar with the candidate's qualifications.

Selection ProcessTravel grant applications are evaluated by the CIMAM Selection Committee consisting of the President of CIMAM and eight members of the Board together with the Getty Foundation, the Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and the Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

Fellowships 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. 
The Getty Foundation
The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, the Foundation strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. It carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect.

Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC)The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) is one of the core cultural and educational initiatives of the Fundación Cisneros (FC). Based in New York City and Caracas, the CPPC’s mission is to enhance appreciation of the diversity, sophistication, and range of art from Latin America, advance scholarship of Latin American art, and promote excellence in visual-arts education. 

Gwangju Biennale Foundation
Founded in 1995 in memory of spirits of civil uprising of the 1980 repression of the Gwangju Democratization Movement, the Gwangju Biennale is Asia's oldest and most prestigious biennial of contemporary art. Under the helm of previous curators that include Nancy Adajania, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Kerry Brougher, Sukwon Chang, Okwui Enwezor, Charles Esche, Massimiliano Gioni, Hou Hanru, Mami Kataoka, Sunjung Kim, Honghee Kim, Yongwoo Lee, Youngchul Lee, Carol Yinghua Lu, Jessica Morgan, Kwangsoo Oh, Wankyoung Sung, Alia Swastika, and Harald Szeemann, the Gwangju Biennale has established itself as a highlight of the international contemporary art biennale circuit.

Centered on the Biennale Hall in Gwangju’s Jungoui Park, the presence has elevated the city of 1.4 million to become a cultural hub of East Asia. It is home to some of the best-preserved cultural relics in the nation, and is known locally as the “City of Art, Cuisine and Culture.” Previous editions of Biennales went under the titles Beyond the borders(1995), Unmapping the Earth(1997), Man +Space(2000), Pause(2002), A Grain of Dust, A Drop of Water(2004), Fever Variations(2006), Annual Report : A year in Exhibitions(2008), 10000 Lives (2010), ROUNDTABLE(2012)  and Burning Down the House (2014). The Gwangju Biennale Foundation, as an open educational platform, also hosts the Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course (GBICC) from 2009 and Gwangju Folly project, which is set to showcase a series of new follies in the urban space of Gwangju.
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