New CMA Bursary Program Offers Additional Financial Support to Museum Professionals
The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is proud to announce that it has completely revised the CMA Bursary Program to make it easier for Canada's museum professionals to obtain financial assistance for professional development activities.
The bursary program, made possible thanks to the Department of Canadian Heritage, was entirely updated to better reflect the growing needs of Canada's museum community, including students and volunteers. The new bursaries provide increased bursary grant values towards learning activities such as short courses, workshops and conferences, and covers costs related to travel, accommodation, per diems and registration.
Three bursary components were developed to address the unique needs of Canadian museum professionals at different points in their careers:
- Emerging Professional Development Bursary: Museum personnel and volunteers in the early stages of their career can benefit from financial support of up to $700 to attend learning activities;
- Mid-career Professional Development Bursary: Full-time museum professionals with more than five years' experience in the field can benefit from a match of 50% of the total cost of learning opportunities held in Canada or internationally, up to a maximum of $1,500;
- Conference Professional Development Bursary: By popular demand, museum professionals and volunteers who attend national and provincial museum conferences can receive assistance with related costs up to $800.
"Professional development costs can be prohibitive for many institutions and individuals in the museum community, but it should absolutely be a priority", says John G. McAvity, Executive Director of the CMA. "When staff and volunteers are encouraged to develop their skills and competencies, they form a positive, motivated and committed workforce that can more easily adapt to change. Unfortunately, professional development is usually undervalued and is often sacrificed during budget reviews. With this in mind, the new CMA bursary program has been designed to offer increased financial support and more flexible options."
The new bursary program was launched November 1st, 2013. Visit the CMA website to learn more about the new program's criteria and eligibility requirements.