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.
Eligibility: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 Lesley van der Lee Scholarship winners are not eligible.
Expectations: 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 as well as a letter of recommendation from your supervisor or advisor and a current resumé. Applications may be submitted by e-mail or mail to the address on the application form. They must be postmarked by November 27, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The SMA Conference Committee will determine the winners of the scholarships and notify them by December 29, 2017.