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Cultural Work Trainee Program Kosovo-Austria 2023

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The Cultural Work Trainee Program Kosovo-Austria 2023 of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport at Q21/MuseumsQuartier Vienna supports 6 cultural workers from Kosovo to participate in internships for 2 months each at a major art institution/art project in Vienna.

The program offers an opportunity for young cultural workers (max. 40 years old) from Kosovo to collect personal work experience at leading art initiatives in Austria. Apart from the internship, which is the central part of the program, the residents will be provided a personal mentoring and additionally will be supported by the team of Q21/MuseumsQuartier.

We offer each residency participant

  •  2 months internship in an art institution or at an art project in Vienna
  • studio flat in the historic building of Q21/MuseumsQuartier Vienna
  • monthly scholarship of EUR 1.300,- (for two months a total of EUR 2.600,-)
  • reimbursement of travel expenses of EUR 500,-

Your tasks

  • Active participation in the 2 months internship at one of the participating cultural institutions in Vienna (details according to the individual program of each residency).

    Caring about your documents:

    In order to come to Vienna and to participate in the scholarship program you will need a valid Visa C as a citizen of the Republic of Kosovo. The host institutions will supply you with an official invitation letter. It is on you to apply for the Visa at the Austrian Embassy in Pristina. Beside the Visa you have to take care of your health and travel insurance during your stay in Austria.

    Deadline for application

    10th June 2023

Application has to include the following documents:

  •  Complete digital application form, including the following information:
    •  full contact information, Application Form (PDF, 2 MB)
    • letter of intent explaining why you apply, what you expect and on what you would like to focus on during the residency (max. 5000 characters)
    • brief informative curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)

optional: recommendation letter by a senior person in the profession

  • applications are accepted in English language
  • all documents must be sent as PDF, max. 10 MB

General obligatory requirements:

  • completed university degree or completed specialized education
  • at least three years of work experience in the desired field of work
  • high level of proficiency in English or German is required in order to enable participants to engage in a creative dialogue in an international context

The application has to be sent exclusively electronically to the following E-mail address:  kosovoprogram@bmkoes.gv.at

The internship is awarded on recommendation from an independent jury.

Time Line 2023:

•    10th May: call online; start of applications
•    10th June, 23:55:  deadline for applications
•    June – Jury: selection of the scholarship holders
•    Starting from beginning of July until December – two months scholarships

Applicants are obliged to hand in a written report after completion of the residency to the following E-mail address:  kosovoprogram@bmkoes.gv.at

Institutions and projects offer

  • Federal Monuments Authority Austria, Bundesdenkmalamt, July/August 2023
  • Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W), July/August 2023
  • Kunsthalle Wien, September/October 2023
  • Kyiv Biennial Vienna, September/October 2023
  • Artothek des Bundes, Collection of Contemporary Art of the Republic of Austria, November/December 2023
  • Tricky Women/TrickyRealities – animated film festival by women and/or genderqueer artists, November/December 2023

Federal Monuments Authority Austria, Bundesdenkmalamt
TIME SLOT: July/August 2023

The Bundesdenkmalamt preserves, protects, maintains and researches Austria's cultural heritage in the public interest and on the basis of a legal mandate. Its duties include the preservation, restoration and cataloguing of immoveable cultural heritage.
The Bundesdenkmalamt also monitors the export provisions of the Austrian monument protection act for moveable cultural heritage. It is is divided into one central bureau in Vienna and nine "land conservation districts" in the provincial capitals. Central departments are: historic buildings, garden architecture, restaured workshops, industrial heritage (historic factories), export licenses for cultural heritage, archeological sites, heritage lists, inventory and heritage studies (publisher of the Georg Dehio manual), “sound monuments” (church bells and organs), museums & libraries (excluding national museums), legal matters (conservation law), art restauration workshops.

The grant holder is be invited to join a project in or near Vienna. In addition to this specific and practical insight into the work of Federal Monuments Office, the grant holder will have a chance to get a tour through the headquarter and be invited to have a conversation with some of the leading experts and representatives of the institution in order to get answers to specific questions.

Additional Requirements (additional to the obligatory requirements for all applicants):

  • German Language (most of the work is happening in German language, especially on the project sites)

The grant holder will work in the Department for Digitalization and will focus around following issues:

  • Photo archive
    • Digitization of inventory books
    • Entry of estates (including Serentschy)
    • Editing of the digital copies in Goobi
  • Plan archive
    • Inventory of plans
    • Digitization of plans
  • Library
    • STO Mauerbach: Creation of an inventory list
    • STO Mauerbach: Transfer of stocks to an Excel list
    • STO Hofburg: Digitization of publications

Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W)
TIME SLOT: July/August 2023

The Architekturzentrum Wien in the MuseumsQuartier is the Austrian museum of architecture. It shows, discusses and researches the ways in which architecture and urban development influence and shape the daily life of each one of us.The broad program of the Architekturzentrum Wien is seen as a bridge between the specialist world and everyday experts. On a floor area of 2000 m2 the Az W presents international theme-related exhibitions, the new permanent exhibition “Hot Questions – Cold Storage” that offers an overview of Austrian architecture, and a total of 500 events during the year, ranging from symposia, workshops, lectures to guided tours, city expeditions, film series and hands-on formats.

The Az W has established itself internationally, acquiring a reputation as an outstanding institution where architecture is communicated and researched. It provides a comprehensive service for researchers and all those interested in architecture. The facilities include a public reference library, the online building database “Architektur Austria Gegenwart” (Architecture Austria Contemporary), the online Lexicon of Architects, as well as a unique collection of material on Austrian architecture of the 20th and 21st century.

The grant holder will assist the curators with research for the new exhibition, will take on archival work tasks, and if requested, will support the Summer School (age 7-12 years) and social media channels of Az W.

Kunsthalle Wien:
TIME SLOT: September/October 2023

Kunsthalle Wien is dedicated to art and its relations to social change. It produces exhibitions, researches art practices, and supports local and international artists. It grounds its knowledge of international contemporary art in and for Vienna, and advocates for the usefulness of artistic thinking in the wider public sphere.
Ivet Ćurlin, Nataša Ilić und Sabina Sabolović, Kunsthalle Wien’s directors, have based their program on twenty years of collective work in Zagreb and internationally. That work has been particularly interested in artistic practices located outside the centers of power, as well as the links to various activist endeavours. WHW therefore puts Vienna in all its diversity at the center of the program, setting up exchanges with geographies, histories and knowledges that have less visibility and recognition than activities in the main western capitals.

Since it opened in 1992 – originally as a makeshift structure shaped like a container, today with locations at the Museumsquartier and Karlsplatz – Kunsthalle Wien, as an urban institution, presents national and international contemporary art. In this respect, it is both a location for established art and negotiation site for current societal issues as well as future developments.

The grant holder will assist and help with preparations of the important autumn exhibition openings and will get a practical insight in last and most important phase of the realization of an exhibition production at Vienna´s leading exhibition hall for contemporary art.

Kyiv Biennial Vienna
TIME SLOT: September/October 2023

While the catastrophic war in Ukraine continues to rage, the international art community and art institutions from Europe is gathering resources to organize the 4th Kyiv Biennial planned for October 2023 together with the Ukrainian organizers despite all the obvious obstacles.

The Biennial will take place with several projects all over Europe. Austria, and Vienna in particular, is to take a central position in this project. The Austrian part aims to reintegrate the Ukrainian artistic community, divided by war and scattered all over Europe, to empower its actors to work together with international colleagues and partners to place them in a global context.

The grant holder will work exclusively for the exhibition in Vienna and will have the chance to assist the exhibition production and the management team. Furthermore, the participant will be in contact with artists and international participants.

Artothek des Bundes - Collection of Contemporary Art of the Republic of Austria
TIME SLOT: November/December 2023

Founded in 1948, only three years after the 2nd World War the Republic of Austria started to support Austrian contemporary artists by buying their works. Since then over 37.000 art works have been acquired forming the Artothek. The collection gives a unique insight about Austrian Contemporary Art from early after the 2nd World War until present days. The Artothek is administrated by the Belvedere, one of Austria´s leading museums, and is located at Belvedere 21.

During the internship the grant holder will get the opportunity to get to know the Artothek des Bundes from inside, will be able to access the collection, and will have the opportunity to consult with the director of Artothek, Claudia Baumann. Goal is to develop an exhibition about the development of Austrian Contemporary Art that potentially could be shown in Austria and Kosovo.

Additional Requirements (additional to the obligatory requirements for all applicants):

  • German Language: the archive and most literature about Austrian Contemporary art so that is would be almost impossible to work with the material not understanding German language.

Tricky Women/TrickyRealities – animated film festival by women and/or genderqueer artists
TIME SLOT: November/December 2023


Since 2001 TRICKY WOMEN/TRICKY REALITIES takes place every year in March in Vienna around the date of the International Women’s Day. TRICKY WOMEN/TRICKY REALITIES focuses on animated films made by women and/or genderqueer artists and therefore fills a unique position within the international festival landscape. Besides the competition the festival shows themed programs and retrospectives to present an exciting overview of the animated cinematic art of female artists from around the world and Austrian filmmakers as well. Historical curiosities and contemporary productions are part of TRICKY WOMEN/TRICKY REALITIES’ programming.

Animated Documentaries, works of students of international film schools and academies, and the cinematographic reflection on the complex work/society were established as festival anchors. Exhibitions, workshops and Best Practice-afternoons provide an insight into the creative work of filmmakers and offer the opportunity to get in touch with each other. TRICKY WOMEN/TRICKY REALITIES’ declared aim is to confront the audience with the unlimited aesthetics of animation films made by women and/or genderqueer artists.
The office is located in the Museum Quarter.

The grant holder will get the opportunity to get to know:

  • Archive work
    • general support on the video archive
    • database support
    • assistance in the festival preparation
  • workload: 25 hours per week

Additional Requirements (additional to the obligatory requirements for all applicants):

  • Good knowledge of English is essential
  • Interest in film and feminism


If you have any questions, please contact the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport:  kosovoprogram@bmkoes.gv.at


Cultural Work Trainee Program Kosovo-Austria 2023 (PDF, 461 KB)