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DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center

3D globe Summer Fellowship for International Arts Managers

Launched in 2008, the DeVos Institute's Summer Fellowship offers international arts managers an immersive program of study in arts management strategy. For four weeks each summer, for three consecutive years, international Fellows participate in seminars, group projects, individual mentorships and practical assignments supervised by Institute faculty and Center senior staff. The Kennedy Center has hosted 76 Fellows in six classes from 42 countries.

Currently a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the DeVos Institute will, in September, 2014, transfer its programs to the University of Maryland, where it will continue all current programs and partner with the University to create a Master's program to launch in Fall, 2016. It will maintain ties with the Kennedy Center, where it will produce an annual symposium on issues facing arts leaders throughout the world. Read more

The Institute anticipates the next application for the Summer Fellowship for International Arts Managers will be available in Fall 2015, to be hosted for four weeks each summer in 2016, 2017, and 2018. There will be no Fellowship program for new applicants in Summer 2014.

Applicant Criteria

  • Minimum five years working experience in an administrative capacity an arts organization outside of North America
  • Currently serving as an executive or department head with decision-making authority
  • Excellent business English, orally and in writing
  • Able to commit to the full term of the Fellowship

The Fellowship includes:

  • Seminars and coursework in Strategic Planning, Board Development, Fundraising, Marketing, Artistic Planning
  • Individual advising from Institute faculty and Center senior staff
  • Air transportation to and from the US from the Fellows' home residence
  • Lodging during the Fellowship
  • Per diem to cover living expenses during the Fellowship
  • Visa sponsorship

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Summer International Fellowship Program

What they Fellows are saying:

"A must have for arts managers who are grappling with fledging arts organizations faced with funding issues—especially related to why they exist in the first place. A great opportunity to introspect, discuss and clear doubts with top managers from around the world."

Jay Shah
Head – Cultural Outreach, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited - Mumbai, India
2013 International Fellow

"My country has started cutting back on public funding of the arts, so it is important that we increase our knowledge of private fundraising. After working with Kennedy Center staff during the Fellowship, I feel much more encouraged to try out new approaches in real life and find our way in our distinctive environment."

Eva Kesslova
Managing Director, Berg Orchestra—Prague
2010 International Fellow