Each year, the MCN Scholarship Program awards scholarships to 15 qualified applicants from the cultural sector to attend the MCN Annual Conference. Applications must be submitted in April.The MCN 2019 Scholarship program is partially funded by a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, making it possible for 15 scholars to attend the conference.

Scholarship Benefits

Scholars are awarded the following benefits:

  • Complimentary conference registration
  • One complimentary professional workshop
  • Travel stipend of USD$600 for domestic travel (US and Canada) or USD$800 for international travel
  • Complimentary room at the conference hotel for three (3) nights
  • An opportunity to meet with MCN board members over lunch during the conference
  • Complimentary MCN individual membership for one year

Scholarship Recipients Expectations

Every scholar will be required to:

  • Present a five-minute lightning talk on a digital project they have worked on
  • Attend a mandatory scholar orientation and rehearsal
  • Contribute blogs posts to be published on the MCN Blog before and/or after the conference
  • Participate in social media discussions (via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or other platforms) reflecting on and sharing the themes and issues that emerge throughout the conference

Eligibility Requirements

Previous MCN Scholars are not eligible to apply. To be eligible for an MCN Scholarship, you must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Be a first-time MCN conference attendee
  • Be employed at an institution with no more than 20 full-time staff
  • Be new to the museum profession with less than 2 years of experience in the field

In addition, MCN strongly encourages the following categories of applicants to apply:

  • International candidates (must reside outside of US)
  • Those who identify as part of groups that are traditionally underrepresented or otherwise marginalized, including, but not limited to, persons of color, LGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities

Program Terms & Conditions

  • Scholars are responsible for their own travel arrangements and any visa applications to enter into the US
  • Scholarships are awarded nominally to each scholarship recipient, not to the company, organization or institution with whom they are affiliated
  • Stipends are exclusively issued in the name of the recipient. No exceptions
  • Should MCN be asked to cancel an active stipend check (i.e. issued and/or mailed but uncashed), MCN will charge scholarship recipients a $25 cancellation fee

Review Process & Award Notification

  • The Scholarship Committee conducts a thorough review and evaluation of each application based on the candidate’s professional background, field of expertise, and current position
  • The Committee also considers how each candidate’s presence at the conference might enrich and enhance the experience for other attendees
  • Applications from individuals who identify as belonging to groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the museum field and/or who reside outside of the US are given additional consideration
  • The Committee strives to create a diverse cohort of scholars who represent a wide array of institutions, expertise, backgrounds, and projects
  • The Scholarship Committee typically conducts interviews in June and notifies all candidates about its decision by mid-July

Please email [email protected] with any questions.