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Grants for the State Hermitage staff

The Vladimir Potanin Foundation supports the State Hermitage Museum in its activities on the preservation of cultural heritage and pursuit of development by changing the museums image in response to the demands the twenty-first century poses on museum community. Reaching this goal wouldn’t be possible without the support of proactive and creative museum employees. At the moment projects in two categories are funded: individual awards “For contribution to the State Hermitage development” and travel grants for research and inetrnship purposes.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS PROGRAM “FOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM DEVELOPMENT”

Nine hundred grants have been awarded during the period between 2005 and 2015. The award recipients are the State Hermitage employees who completed their projects of importance for the museum development. The list of finalists includes professionals not only in museum collections conservation and refurbishment fields, but also employees of legal and financial departments, multi-media technology specialists and PR-managers. The purpose of the program is to develop a talent pool of the State Hermitage, to provide social security mechanisms for the most promising staff members, to create a friendly environment for productive research and operation activities.

The grant amount is around 650 USD. Fifty individuals are selected for the award each year.    

What the eligibility criteria are?

Candidates should have held a full-time position in the State Hermitage for at least two years. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTO: The Foundation’s grantees Mikhail Dedinkin and Anna Petrakova. 

How to become a participant?

Candidates for the award are to be nominated by the heads of the museum departments who should submit the following materials to the Grants Commission of the State Hermitage Museum: letters of reference, individual project reports, copies of recent publications, nomination letter from a head of the department.

Competition stages

All the materials are reviewed by the Grants Commission of the State Hermitage museum and a representative from the Vladimir Potanin Foundation. The final decision on the award is made by the Scientific Board of the State Hermitage no later than December 1st of current year. It takes effect upon approval from the State Hermitage Museum Director and the Vladimir Potanin Foundation General Director.

Selection criteria

Employees’ contribution to the implementation of museum projects within the past year.

INDIVIDUAL TRAVEL GRANTS FOR RESEARCH AND INTERNSHIP PURPOSES FOR THE STATE HERMITAGE STAFF

The professional mobility programwas launched in 2010 with the purpose to create supportive environment to enable the State Hermitage staff members to work productively on their research and other professional activities: studying museum collections, making catalogues, mastering new methods of cultural heritage popularization and educational programs, studying best practices in conservation and restoration of cultural monuments.

161 staff member of the State Hermitage received the award. The grant amounts generally vary from 500 to 2,500 USD.

COMPETITION TIMELINE:

Competition is conducted twice a year. Applications for the first competitionare accepted from March 27 to April 27, and for the second competition –from September 27 to November 27.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?

To participate in the competition, please review the conditions, fill in the application form and submit it before the deadline.

WHAT THE GRANTS CAN BE USED FOR?

  • Field trips to museums, archives and scientific centers in Russian and abroad with the purpose to conduct attributional research, study museum collections, work on the State Hermitage catalogues
  • Internships in leading world museums to gain experience in using new techniques in cultural heritage popularization and educational programs, to study best practices in restoration and conservation of cultural monuments and museum management techniques.

SELECTION PROCESS

Applications are to be submitted to the Academic Secretary of the State Hermitage. The final decision is made by the State Hermitage Grants Committee and the Vladimir Potanin Foundation representative. The decision is to be approved by the State Hermitage Director and the Vladimir Potanin Foundation General Director.