Criteria for the awarding of travel grants for the Spring Training Workshop of ICOM International Training Centre (ICOM-ITC)
22-29 April, 2014
After a first successful training workshop held in the Palace Museum, Beijing, China in November 2013, ICOM-ITC is announcing its next training programme that will be held from 22 to 29 April, 2014 in Beijing. ICOM, ICOM China and the Palace Museum are pleased to award travel grants to international participants attending the training seminar.
Officially launched on 1 July 2013, ICOM-ITC relies on the ICOM professional network to offer quality training programmes in museum studies to regional and international museum professionals, especially to ICOM members from emerging countries and from the Asian Pacific region.
The general theme of the spring 2014 training workshop is “Museum Collections Make Connections”, corresponding to the theme of the 2014 International Museum Day. A number of outstanding Chinese and international experts will give lectures and conduct discussions on topics such as:
Developing a collection strategy
Ethics and collecting
Using artifacts in museums
Current trends/issues in conservation
Access to collections
What to collect and why
Collecting contemporary objects
Collecting the intangible
Collecting contemporary art and street art
Private collections: place, role and responsibility
Conservation of new materials
Security of collections
In addition, hands-on sessions will be organised in some of the most well-known museums in Beijing; and a full-day excursion will show participants around the best known cultural heritage sites in and around Beijing.
Two types of grants are available:
The full grant covers an economy-class air ticket, accommodation and local hospitality for the participant for the duration of the training workshop. Applicants residing in countries belonging to categories 2, 3 and 4, as defined in the ICOM membership grid, are given priority for this type of grant.
The partial grant covers accommodation and local hospitality for the participant for the duration of the training workshop. Applicants residing in countries belonging to category 1, as defined in the ICOM membership grid, will be considered for partial grants.
ICOM and/or the Palace Museum will make the travel arrangements for participants with a full grant. Participants with a partial grant must book their own air ticket. Visa costs, insurance coverage and other expenses not explicitly stated above are at the cost of the participants. There are no registration fees for attending the training seminar.
Having paid their ICOM membership dues for 2013;
Fluent in both written and spoken English;
Occupying middle-management position in a recognised museum or public institution;
Aged 45 years or under, by 30 June, 2014.
By applying for the travel grant, the applicants agree to:
do preparatory work prior to the workshop – readings and homework;
participate in an evaluation of the workshop – both at the end of the workshop and a few weeks/months after the workshop.
An overall assessment of the applications will take into account the gender balance of the applicants as well as the range of types and sizes of museums where the applicants work.
Only one applicant will be considered per country outside of China. However, all National Committees can submit a maximum of two applications for consideration and they must indicate the order of preference. In order to ensure the best results from the workshop, the number of participants will be limited to a maximum of 30 participants, with about 15 from countries other than China. Applicants from the Asian-Pacific region will be given priority.
All applications must be accompanied by the following documents in English:
A Curriculum Vitae of the applicant indicating training, work experience, publications and current work responsibilities (one page maximum);
A fully completed Application Form, signed by both the applicant and the Chairperson of the National Committee;
A letter from the applicant describing how the workshop fits into the applicant’s career development plan and how it will assist the applicant in his/her current position;
A letter of recommendation from the director of the applicant’s museum.
Deadline for application: Monday 3 March, 2014
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