Fellowships for Arts Managers

The Institute’s fellowship program is offered free of charge to arts managers from across the United States and around the world who are selected through a competitive application process. These fellows attend a four-week program in residence at the University of Maryland each spring for three consecutive years.

Fellowships include:

  • 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
  • Intensive, collaborative group work
  • Ongoing personalized mentoring, both during and between the month-long residencies

First-year, second-year, and third-year fellows attend residencies together and engage in activities tailored to their year in the program.

Fellows have served in senior positions at such organizations as the AFCA Foundation for Arts and Culture (Egypt), American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco), Bosnian National Theatre Zenica, Ciudad Cultural Konex (Argentina), Cultural Center of the Philippines, Dance UK, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Ivan Honchar Museum & National Center of Folk Culture (Ukraine), Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Mexican Center for Music and Sonic Arts, Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra (Russia), Nashville Children’s Theatre, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, National Centre for the Performing Arts (China), Queensland Performing Arts Centre (Australia), Singapore Repertory Theatre, and Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada).

Applicants must:

  • Have a minimum of five years working experience in an administrative capacity in an arts or cultural organization
  • Currently serve as the executive director (or equivalent) or the head of a major department within an arts or cultural organization
  • Have an excellent command of business English, orally and written
  • Be able to commit to the full term of the Fellowship (Washington D.C. residency dates are June 25 – July 20, 2018; July 1 – 26, 2019; and June 29 – July 24, 2020. Fellows receive personalized mentoring and participate in virtual activities in between residencies.)

Fellows receive:

  • Air and ground transportation between Washington, D.C. and their state or country of residence
  • Lodging during the Fellowship
  • Per diem to cover living expenses during the Fellowship
  • Visa sponsorship (for international applicants)
  • Program materials

CLICK HERE to read more about how the fellowship has empowered arts managers worldwide.



About the Application Process:

The fellowship application process includes a Letter of Intent (LOI) followed by a Full Application for selected finalists. 

  • Phase One: Letter of Intent
    Interested candidates are asked to submit a brief Letter of Intent using the online form no later than December 15, 2017.
  • Phase Two: Invitation for Full Application
    Letters of Intent will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Select candidates will be invited to submit a full application no later than January 30, 2018.
  • Phase Three: Interviews
    Full applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Select candidates will be invited to interview with Institute leadership via video conference between January and April 2018.

Final application decisions will be made no later than May 2018. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified as soon as possible following each phase.

For questions, please send an e-mail to fellowships@devosinstitute.net

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