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British Association of Friends of Museums Travel Award Bursary 2016

British Association of Friends of Museums (BAFM) is an independent organisation established in 1973 for Friends, volunteers and supporters in museums, galleries and heritage sites representing more than 200,000 Friends and Volunteers across the UK. It offers a friendly and practical network of support from people with first-hand experience of running Friends organisations, acts as a clearing house for common problems and their solutions, and is a central source of information about Friends for Friends.

BAFM is proud to offer its new and exciting bi-annual travel award. The winners may be either totally committed volunteers of any age (who devote many hours supporting their museum or gallery) or young professionals who are starting their careers in the museum world.

Funded travel could be within the UK or abroad and winners would spend time at their chosen destination working behind the scenes, in order to extend their experience and make contacts for the future. Alternatively the travel could be in the form of a short duration internship, or the chance to work alongside a respected specialist.

Thanks to the support of an anonymous donor they are able to commence the scheme in 2016. There will be one or more awards of up to a total of £2,000 available on each of three alternate years. This award will be made in the alternate years to BAFM’s Robert Logan Award.

Applicants are asked to submit a short paper of not more than 500 words describing:

What they hope to achieve by spending time at the particular venue
The benefits to their career or organisation
An indication of the total cost of the proposal in their submission.

The panel of judges will consider the idea behind the proposal, its likely success, and the ‘value for money’ the proposal represents.

Short‐listed applicants will provide references and may be asked to attend an interview. An application for a residential internship must be supported by a provisional invitation from the venue being considered.

A detailed report would be expected after the study period and the winner would be invited, expenses paid, to give a presentation at BAFM Conference.

The cut off date for submissions is 30 April 2016, with judging and interviews taking place between May-July, with the winner announced 1 September and the Prize awarded at Conference on 1 October.

For further details, and to apply, please see here.

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