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The DeVos Institute's Global Fellowship program

The DeVos Institute's Global Fellowship program provides practical training to empower arts executives across the U.S. and around the world.

Rapid changes in technology, demographics, and the economy are complicating the role of arts managers worldwide. But across art forms and on six continents, alumni of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management's Global Fellowship program are helping their organizations to thrive, balancing best practices with bold, innovative approaches.

Apply now for the DeVos Institute's Global Fellowship program for arts managers from across the United States and around the world. Led by DeVos Institute executives, consultants, and experts in the field, this highly competitive program serves entrepreneurial executives in the arts and culture sector who are prepared to look critically at their work, challenge assumptions, and develop rigorous strategies to address the most pressing challenges facing their organizations, regions, or arts forms at large.

Fellows attend a four-week intensive in Washington, D.C. each summer for three consecutive years, where they collaborate on team projects and discuss strategies that have — and haven't — proven successful at their organizations, fostering a dynamic exchange of ideas.

The deadline to apply for the 2020-22 Fellowship is November 15, 2019.


The DeVos Institute's Fellowship program includes:

Intensive academic training in nonprofit management, finance, planning, fundraising, evaluation, and marketing;

Access to leaders of cultural institutions from throughout the United States, including site visits to select institutions;

Collaborative group work; and Ongoing personalized mentoring, both during and between the month-long residencies.

The program is offered free of charge and provides:

Air and ground transportation between Washington, D.C. and their city of residence;

Lodging during the Fellowship;

Per diem to cover living expenses during the Fellowship;

Visa sponsorship (for international applicants); and Program materials.

Applicant Criteria
The fellowship is designed to be pursued through the context of each Fellow’s current organization. As such, applicants must:

Currently serve as the executive director (or equivalent) or the head of a major department within an arts or cultural organization in a paid, permanent capacity. While the program is equally impactful for leaders working in large and small organizations, the applicant’s organization must have a minimum of three full-time staff members, five years of consistent programming history, and an operating budget of at least the equivalent of $250,000 USD/€220,000 EUR;

Have an excellent command of business English (both oral and written); and

Be able to commit to the full term of the Fellowship program.

Fellows will be in residence in Washington, D.C. on June 29–July 24, 2020; June 28–July 23, 2021; and June 27-July 22, 2022.


Become a Member

As a member of GBCA, you will not only gain access to wonderful benefits, but you will also become an active participant in a broader cultural community. Your organization and employees will directly benefit from opportunities to collaborate, connect, learn, network and share with your colleagues in the cultural community. Join our growing constituency of over 300 individual artists and organizations representing the region's extraordinary range of arts, culture, history, heritage, humanities, and attractions.

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