Travel Stipends

The Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists (ARCS) provides resources and programs for all persons who work with and support collections, whether in a museum or in a private or corporate collection.  ARCS offers travel stipends to assist registrars or collections specialists, including students or retirees in the field, to attend the ARCS Biennial Meeting which will take place November 3 to 5, 2017, in Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA.  We will try to fund representatives from organizations of different sizes and disciplines, in different locations throughout the world.  Travel Stipends are generously supported by ARCS and Berkley Asset Protection, Underwriting Managers (a W.R.Berkley Company).

The Biennial Meeting offers general sessions for all attendees as well as breakout sessions focused on collections care topics and provides opportunities to meet and network with other professionals in the field or in related support services.

Awardees from North or Central America will receive $1,500 each and awardees from other parts of the world will receive $2,500 each from ARCS to help defray the costs of attending this conference.   In return, the recipient agrees to write a two- page review of a session. The specific session will be mutually agreed upon and coordinated by an Awards Committee member prior to the conference and the report will be due to ARCS by December 1, 2017.

Applicants for this stipend must be current members of ARCS.  Selection of the recipients will be based upon demonstrated merit, dedication to their work as registrars or collections specialists, and financial need.

To apply for the award, send: 

  1. a cover letter, explaining specifics of demonstrated merit, dedication, and need;
  2. a current resume (limit 2 pages); and
  3. one letter of recommendation, preferably from your current supervisor, if applicable--if not, please explain in cover letter.

Application materials must be received by May 12, 2017.  Please submit ONE PDF Electronic document in the following order:

  1. Cover Letter;
  2. Letter of Recommendation;
  3. Resume and include as a subject heading:
    Your Last name-FirstName-ARCSstipend and send to
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