Funding for professional development

We know that budgets are always tight so we are compiling a list of sources of funds that can be used for professional development. Here are some that we are familiar with in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. If you know of others please let us know so we can add them to the list.


Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium

The Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC) does have scholarships available for members of ICPC who take Museum Study courses. Learn more about this reimbursement scholarship on their


IMLS Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff
Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff, a special initiative of the Museums for America grant program, supports staff capacity building projects that use professional development to generate systemic change within a museum. Learn more about this grant program on their website.


Canadian Museums Association Professional Development
The Canadian Museums Association has professional development bursaries available for Emerging and Mid-Career Professionals.

Emerging Professional Development bursaries are given out to promote the exchange of knowledge and learning between museum professionals at the beginning of their careers. The program provides financial assistance to individuals to attend short courses, seminars, and workshops.

Bursaries for Mid-Career Professional Development are given out to build new competencies and increase individual and institutional performance. Bursaries are provided for specialized museum studies at a national or international level, such as specialized courses, seminars, workshops and symposia, as well as professional exchanges that promote continuous learning.

Learn more about this bursary program on their website.


UK Association of Independent Museums (AIM) Training Grants

AIM Training Grants are available to support member museums in developing the skills and expertise of their workforce (paid or voluntary). Learn more about this grant program on their website.


IIC Opportunities Fund
Needs-Based and Learning-Focused IIC Stipends
We are offering funding for up to 50 current IIC Student, Early Career and Individual members to support their learning, research and professional development during these challenging times. This could cover anything from skill building – possibly through attending events on or offline, enhancing conservation and digital skills or learning how to diversify income streams.

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