Grants can be used to undertake field trips abroad or visit specialist curators

MA launches latest round of Trevor Walden bursaries

Geraldine Kendall, 29.01.2013
AMA participants eligible for professional development grants
The Museums Association has opened applications to the latest round of bursaries from the Trevor Walden Trust, which aims to advance the education and training of museum and gallery personnel.

The bursaries are available to people currently undertaking the Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA) for activities that advance their professional development.

Applicants are encouraged to undertake different and innovative activities that push the boundaries of their development.

Previous grant-holders have used the funding to make field trips abroad, buy study materials and visit specific collections and curators to fill in gaps in their knowledge.

The Trevor Walden Trust is particularly keen to see applications that develop international or creative learning experiences. It discourages applications for formal courses and conferences within the UK and is unable to fund MA events.

Grants are open to all individual AMA participants, though preference is given to those who are paying their own expenses rather than those subsidised by an employer. In exceptional circumstances, groups of professionals may also apply for funding.

The MA’s museums development officer Charlotte Holmes said: “As a participant in the AMA scheme, you have a unique opportunity to apply for funding for a professional development activity of your choice.

“Is there an international conference you really want to attend or perhaps a ground breaking exhibition or collection that you would love to visit? I urge you to make the most of this opportunity.”

The deadline for applications is 1 March 2013.

For more information, please call Georgie Stagg on 020 7566 7850 or email

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