Emerging Professional Development

Bursary Program At A Glance

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.

Read the Program Guidelines and Regulations for criteria, program ineligibilities, and other important regulations that apply to ALL bursary types.

Download the Bursary Application Form   (PDF) —  Guide to completing the application form. (PDF) 


Open to applicants who are employed by a public, non-profit museum or related organization, in a full-time capacity or in a part-time capacity with at least one year of accumulated museum work experience. The bursary is also available to volunteers who contribute their time and services on a consistent basis.


Up to a maximum of $500 per event for costs related to transportation, accommodation, per diem and registration fees. An additional $200 is available for individuals in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. Exact mileage figures must be given when claiming for the use of an automobile. The mileage rate is determined by the current Treasury Board Secretariat policies.


Within Canada only.


One bursary will be awarded per individual in any 12-month period. The program must be at least one full day in duration.


Application Deadline: The bursary application along with the required support material must be submitted at least four (4) weeks prior to the beginning of the learning activity. Note: You must apply for a bursary BEFORE the event you are planning to attend.

Claim Deadline: The bursary must be claimed no later than 30 days after completion of the learning activity upon submission of original receipts, proof of attendance, proof of attendance, the completed evaluation questionnaire and a 500 to 1,000 word narrative report.

Support Material:

The bursary application must include a detailed agenda outlining the program, the applicant's learning objectives, résumé and job description, and a letter of support from their employer/institution.

Questions? Contact:

613-567-0099 x240