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Travel Bursaries and Grants

ICOM UK Travel Bursary Fund

ICOM UK offers two travel bursary funds designed to help ICOM members resident in the UK and British Overseas Territories engage with the international museum community.  Travel Bursary applications are considered on a first-come-first-served basis.

The ICOM UK Travel Bursary is a designated fund operated by ICOM UK to provide grants for museum workers from across the United Kingdom to attend ICOM General Conferences, meetings of its International Committees (subject specialist groups) and other relevant international conferences.

Click HERE to learn more about the Travel Bursary Fund and download the Application Form.

Click HERE to read the Travel Bursary Reports from bursary recipients.

Camilla Boodle Bursary Fund

The Camilla Boodle Fund was set up in the memory of an ICOM UK Board Member. It is a restricted fund administered by ICOM UK to provide grants for ICOM UK members who wish to extend their travel and/or museum visiting before or after an ICOM meeting or international conference.

We have a maximum of three Camilla Boodle Fund bursaries of £250 each to award before the end of September 2020.  These are the final funds for this award so we encourage members to apply as soon as possible.

Click HERE to learn more about the Camilla Boodle Bursary Fund and download the Application Form.


2019-20 ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grant Scheme

This scheme is currently on hold.  We will let members know as soon as the scheme is open again for applications.

ICOM UK, with support from the British Council, is pleased to offer travel grants to support UK organisations seeking to build reciprocally beneficial international projects and partnerships.  The scheme is open to members and non-members.

The 2019-20 ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grant Scheme will enable recipients to undertake an international visit to meet with colleagues and share skills, expertise and experience.  The Travel Grant Scheme supports museums who are starting to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships.  The scheme does not fund travel for international conferences and events (see details below of the Travel Bursary Scheme for ICOM UK members).

Applications will be considered for grants up to £1,500 per organisation or consortium for visits beyond greater Europe and up to £700 for visits within greater Europe.  The total amount of funding available for 2019-20 is £28,500.  50% of funding is ring-fenced for travel to ODA countries.

The grant will cover the cost of travel, including international and local transport, visas, accommodation and subsistence.

Case Studies from previous grant recipients can be read on the ICOM UK website

Travel Bursaries and Grants Committee

The ICOM UK Bursaries and Grants Committee is a sub-group of the Executive Committee that is tasked with reviewing and making recommendations on Bursary and Grant applications. Chaired by Nigel Sadler, it includes Maria Ragan, Catherine McDermott and Dana Andrew.

The Committee operates under a set of Terms of Reference which guide their deliberations. For the sake of transparency, you can download the Terms of Reference below.

ICOM UK Bursary Committee Terms of Reference (12.09.2011)

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