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UMAC Travel Grant Programme

UMAC is important because it stimulates discussions, fosters international partnerships, develops links and advances knowledge about university museums and collections.

UMAC is pleased to announce that a Travel Grant Program has been created aimed at stimulating participation in its Annual Conferences. The Program offers a small number of supplemental travel grants to eligible authors who plan to present an accepted paper.

The first Travel Grants will be for the UMAC conference in Helsinki, Finland, 5-10 September 2017. Grants will range from 200-500 EUR for travelers within Europe and 500-750 EUR for travelers from outside Europe.

The grant may be used for travel and accommodation costs. Recipients are required to submit a receipt stating the grant will be used for that purpose only at least 30 days prior to the Annual Conference.

Grant recipients who have claimed funds in advance but do not attend the proposed event will be required to repay the grant in full.

Grant recipients may be asked to assist the conference organizers during the conference; information on specific expectations will be communicated after the selection process is complete.

The support of UMAC should be acknowledged in the presentation. A logo will be supplied for this purpose.


The following are eligible to UMAC Grants:

  1. UMAC individual members
  2. full- or part-time employees and interns working for a UMAC institutional member, and
  3. PhD students developing research on university museums and collections.

All applicants need to attend and present an accepted oral paper at a UMAC Annual Conference. Accepted poster papers are not eligible.

Previous UMAC Grant recipients are not eligible.

Selection Criteria

All awards are made through a competitive process, and are based on demonstrated financial need and merit. Preference will be given to applicants from UMAC strategic geopolitical regions (Africa, Asia, South and North America, the Middle East).


Applicants are invited to submit the following documentation:

PhD student applicants are also required to submit a supporting letter from their supervisors.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Closing Dates

Submission of Application: 31 March 2017 (early application is advised)
Notification of Decisions: 1 May 2017

More information and submissions:

Barbara Rothermel, UMAC Vice-President
Coordinator of the UMAC Travel Grant Program

ICOM also awards travel grants.
See ICOM website at

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