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Rave Scholarships for Curators, Restorers, Museum Technicians and Cultural Managers

Rave Scholarships for Curators, Restorers, Museum Technicians and Cultural ManagersDeadline: 15 September 2011 each year

Open to: Curators, Restorers, Museum technicians and Cultural managers from transforming and developing countries

The traces its origins back to an endowment made by the Hamburg businessman Alexander Rave in 1942. The promotes further education and research in the fields of science, the arts and culture. Thus far, the Rave Foundation has been active in the Annual awarding of around 10 scholarships to young curators, restorers, museum technicians and cultural managers who live in a country in transition or a developing country. The scholarships allow for a three-to-six-month practical training period or non-paid work at a German museum, gallery or similar non-commercial institution in the area of the fine arts.

The Rave Scholarships contribute to further practical training in realising art exhibitions. These scholarships are being awarded to young curators, restorers, museum technicians and cultural managers from countries in transition and developing countries.

Conceptual guideline

Ifa’s role is to promote cultural dialogue and to help people form a clearer picture of each other. Ifa also functions as a mediator of German foreign cultural policy. The Institute is funded by the , the state of Baden-Württemberg and the city of Stuttgart.

One of ifa’s particular fields of interest is fine art. Ifa initiates a direct cultural dialogue by supporting exhibitions of works by well-known German artists all over the world, and by promoting foreign art in ifa’s galleries in Stuttgart and Berlin. For artists within and outside of Germany, there is a wide range of material and theoretical support. However, there have been no suitable funding instruments in Germany to support those involved in actually arranging fine art exhibitions. In the course of its contacts with curators worldwide, ifa has established the need for further training in museum and cultural management. Practical, on-the-job training is needed, not theoretical learning. The Rave Scholarship provides professionals from countries in transition and developing countries with their first professional contacts in Germany. The Rave Scholarship is an investment in long term cultural exchange. The scholarship-winner will be able to gain practical experience in Germany and put it to use in his or her own home country.

Benefits
• A monthly lump sum of 1,300 euros for a scholarship period of three to six months
• Travelling expenses (to and from Germany)
• Supplement for attendence of spouse in Germany
• Children’s supplement
• Health insurance (also for spouse and children)
• German course (participation in a language course is expected)

Conditions
• Applicant must be from a country in transition or a developing country and must still be living there
• Hitherto no opportunity yet to work in Germany for an extended period of time
• Completion of professional study or training within the last five years
• Younger than 40 years old
• Applicant must no longer be studying or involved in on-the-job training
• Confirmation (in German) from a partner institution in Germany which has agreed to take on the scholar or initiate a joint project
• A reference from the applicant’s country of origin
• Knowledge of either German or English
• Basic Knowledge of German expected
• Applicants who were rejected once cannot re-apply

Selection procedure
• The Rave Foundation committee will assess all applications
• There is no recourse to legal action regarding the awarding of a scholarship
• Applicants will be informed in writing about whether their application was successful or not. No reasons will be given for the committee’s decision

Application documents
• a fully completed application form
• a CV (3 pages max.), including educational qualifications
• a project sketch (1 page) developed together with the German institution – informing about tasks and responsibilities of the planned visit to Germany
• consent form a non-commercial German institution to care for the applicant during the scholarship period in Germany
• a letter of reference from the home country
• an abridged report (2 pages max.) on the current art scene in the home country

Application dates
Application date for scholarships is 15 September each year. Selections will be made within 3 months. Applications may be sent via e-mail or post. Should the application be sent via e-mail the original letter of consent and the original letter of reference should still be handed in by post later.

Contact
Applications are to be submitted to:
Rave Foundation
c/o Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart
Fax +49.711.2225194
rave-stiftung( at )ifa.de

An information leaflet about applying for a Rave Scholarship can be ordered from the above address as well.

Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:

http://www.ifa.de/en/foerderprogramme/rave-foundation/

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