The application process will open on September 1, 2019. Scholarship awardees will be announced and recognized at the Small Museum Association Conference 2020. Scholarship applications will be due December 1, 2019. The SMA Conference Committee will determine the winners of the scholarships and notify them by December 15, 2019.
The Small Museum Association offers funding for over ten scholarships each year through the generosity of past conference organizers and attendees as well as several partner museum organizations. All scholarships cover the cost of conference registration as well as hotel and meals.
Anyone affiliated with a museum, library, historical society, or related graduate study program (e.g. Museum Studies, Public History, Library and Information Studies, Historic Preservation) is eligible for the SMA Scholarships. This includes full-time or part-time employees, board members, students, interns, and volunteers. Museum organization scholarships may have additional restrictions; applicants will automatically be considered for the scholarships for which they qualify. Past conference attendees are encouraged to apply, but previous scholarship winners are not eligible. First time attendees and/or applicants that identify as belonging to a group historically underserved by the field are strongly encouraged to apply.
Scholarships are open to U.S. Residents and Residents of countries that do not require a sponsored visa to visit the U.S.
By sending in a completed application, applicants are indicating that they will be able to attend the conference if awarded a scholarship. If you are awarded a scholarship and turn it down or do not attend the conference you may not be eligible for a scholarship in the future. Scholarship recipients are asked to assist the conference staff during the conference; information on specific expectations will be communicated after the selection process is complete.
How to Apply:
Submit thorough answers to the following questions using the Google form below. Please also include a letter of recommendation from a supervisor/advisor and a current resumé. Supplementary materials may be submitted by e-mail or mailed to the address on the application form. They must be received by December 1, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The SMA Conference Committee will determine the winners of the scholarships and notify them late December 2019.
Nominating a colleague for either of these awards is an excellent opportunity to publicly acknowledge their hard work at one museum or in the small museum field. The nomination form is now available using the link below. Deadline for the submission of nomination forms is December 29, 2018.
The Awardees will be honored at the Small Museum Association Conference 2019.