Conference Professional Development Bursary


Assistance with costs of travel, accommodation and registration fees

Activities: national and provincial museum conferences



Employed by public, non-profit museum, related institution/organization

Students registered full-time in museum studies or related program

Required experience:

Full-time: minimum 1 year

Part-time: minimum 2 years

Volunteers: at least 2 years

Full-time students for at least 2 years

Event duration:

at least 2 days


Up to $600 per event

Up to $800 if remote areas

Eligible Expenses

Travel expenses, accommodation, per diem, and registration fee (Rate: according to Treasury Board Secretariat policies)

Please note that only travel expenses can be claimed in a Conference bursary application for participation to any CMA conferences activity.


1 bursary per individual in any 24 month period (for museum related annual conferences)



Application Supporting Materials

Completed application form

Detailed program agenda

Learning objectives

Employer/institution letter of support or copy of letter of acceptance for students

Résumé (For volunteers, include a statement of volunteer work, with description of work, dates and location(s)

Job description

Claim Supporting Materials

Completed claim form

Original receipts

Proof of attendance

Evaluation questionnaire

500 to 1000 word narrative report

Application Deadline

The bursary application including the required supporting material must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the learning activity.

Claim Deadline

The bursary must be claimed no later than 30 days after completion of the learning activity upon submission of the claim supporting materials.


Applicant’s commitment to share learning knowledge and experience