SPNHC Annual Meeting Travel Grants

The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) has a Travel Grant program designed to assist members with the costs of attending the Society’s annual meetings.  The 2020 annual meeting/conference is a joint meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) and the International Council of Museums Committee for Museums and Collections of Natural History (ICOM NATHIST), to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, June 7-13, 2020.

Any SPNHC member who works in fields related to the management and preservation/conservation of natural history collections may apply; we especially encourage students and emerging professionals.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 14, 2020, COB (close of business your local time)

Applicants must be members of the Society.  Applicants from the institution(s) hosting the meeting are not eligible.  Members who have received a Travel Grant within the last five (5) years are not eligible.  Receipt of a grant is contingent on the acceptance of the applicant’s abstract by the SPNHC conference local organizing committee, and recipients are required to make either an oral or poster presentation at the meeting and to be first author on the presentation.

Application forms are available to download via links below.  For additional information, contact Elise V. LeCompte, Chair, SPNHC Travel Grants Program, lecompte@flmnh.ufl.edu

To become a SPNHC member, please visit https://spnhc.org/get-involved/become-a-member/

Application form – Allen Travel Grant

Application form – Fitzgerald Travel Grant

 

ICOM NATHIST Student Bursary 2020

What the Bursary Covers
To a cap of €1,200 the bursary will cover:

1. Airfare to Edinburgh (economy)
2. Accommodation during the conference
3. Food during the conference
4. Registration fees

In addition, the successful student will:

1. Be presented at formal ICOM NATHIST functions during conference
2. Give a presentation (approx. 30 minutes) on an area of his/her specialty in one of the conference symposiums
3. Receive a special commemorative document, signed by the President of ICOM NATHIST acknowledging his/her achievement

How to Apply
To apply, provide the following material to the address below (see “Submission”):

1. One essay in either French or English to a maximum of three pages (Submissions must be in size 12 point Calibri font, normal margins) covering:
Course(s) of study
Why natural history and museums are of interest
Proposed presentation abstract
How this opportunity would be of benefit to the student’s career
2. A transcript of undergraduate courses
3. Current transcript for graduate enrolment
4. Two professional letters of recommendation, at least one from a museum professional

Assessment
Submissions will be assessed by a panel designated by ICOM NATHIST. All decisions made by that panel will be final. Only one student bursary will be awarded for the 2016 round. At the discretion of the panel, one or more “runners up” may be named. Runner-up students will be entitled to a commemorative document signed by the President of ICOM NATHIST and be invited to be present at official ICOM NATHIST events during the conference.

Submission
Submit applications to: musdorit@012.net.il no later than midnight (GMT+1) 15 March 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

Questions may be directed to the address above or through the contact form on the website https://icomnathist.wordpress.com/contact/

Disbursal of Funds
The cap for the bursary is €1,200. Any additional costs must be borne by the successful student or his/her institution. Receipts and itemized expenses will be required for all costs claimed.

Funds will be awarded only on money spent and unspent bursary funds will be retained by ICOM NATHIST. The deadline for submission of receipts and accounts is midnight (GMT+1) 29 July, 2020. Late claims will not be honoured.

Funds will be provided to the student by international check or wire transfer upon receipt of the accounts and receipts.

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