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DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center

3D globe Summer Fellowship for International Arts Managers

Frequently asked Questions

What kind of experience should I have in order to be considered for the program?

Applicants must have at least five years professional arts management experience and currently be employed with an arts organization or arts service organization outside of the North America. Additionally, applicants must currently be working as an executive or department head with decision-making authority in their organization. This program is for executive, not artistic leadership. Artistic directors who do not also have executive jurisdiction are not eligible.

I am currently in school and have very little or no experience working in arts management. Is this program ideal for me?

No, this program is designed for arts managers who have been working in the field for no less than five years. For information about the DeVos Institute's Internship program, please visit: http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/artsmanagement/internships/.

I am not currently employed, should I apply for the program?

No. The program is designed for arts managers who are currently working for an arts or cultural organization.

I am a U.S. citizen working for an arts organization in the U.S. Can I apply for the program?

No. The program is specifically for arts managers from outside of the U.S. For information about the DeVos Institute programs available in the United States, please visit: http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/artsmanagement/.

What is the application process?

Applicants must submit a completed online application which includes a resume, biography, two references (no letters required), and several essay questions. The online application can be saved at any time and revised prior to submitting.

All application materials must be submitted before the application deadline. The application page will be disabled after the deadline.

For select candidates, phone interviews will be conducted from January to April 2014. Fellowship decisions will be made in May 2014.

What are the selection criteria and process?

Candidates will receive confirmation when their applications are received. All applications will be processed and reviewed by staff of the DeVos Institute. Applicants will be reviewed with regard to their qualifications, experience, and career goals. Additionally, applicants will be rated on their educational and professional background, the relevance of these qualifications, and references. Applicants may be asked to provide additional information. Qualified candidates will be contacted for a phone interview with the DeVos Institute staff.

How is the Fellowship announced?

Fellowship recipients will be notified via e-mail and must provide confirmation of their acceptance within 10 business days. Additional details regarding the Fellowship will be included.

What are the Fellows' obligations?

Fellows must be available for the duration of the program (four weeks in late June/ July for 3 consecutive summers). Fellows are required to sign and return the Kennedy Center Acceptance Agreement and abide by the Kennedy Center Personnel Policy and Procedures Manual. Fellows must sign and return US tax forms in a timely fashion to ensure receipt of per diem. They are also required to submit a final evaluation at the end of each program term.

How will I receive my Visa for the program?

If accepted into the program, DeVos Institute staff will contact you regarding the details of obtaining your visa.

Do I have to pay the fees required to receive the Visa?

The DeVos Institute will cover charges necessary to obtain your Visa. This includes fees all paid to the consulate. A receipt or proper documentation is necessary for reimbursement.

Do I have to pay for my air transportation?

No, the DeVos Institute is responsible for your travel to and from Washington, DC from your home residence.

What are the stipend /per diem for participants?

Fellows receive the per diem (daily allowance) for Meals and Incidental Expenses as determined per program year.

Do I have to commit to the full three-terms of the programs?

Yes. The goal of the program is to give each Fellow the opportunity to develop professionally as they are developing and progressing within their organizations. While we understand that unexpected situations can arise, Fellows are expected to participate for the three-year duration of the program.

The 2014-2016 program dates are:

  • June 30-July 25, 2014
  • June 29-July 24, 2015
  • June 27-July 22, 2016

I still have a question, who can I contact?

Please email the DeVos Institute at artsmanager@kennedy-center.org for any additional questions not covered on this page.