Scholarship Opportunities in Museum Studies

Posted by ap507 at Jan 12, 2017 10:27 AM |
2017 Open and Diversity Scholarship scheme at University of Leicester School of Museum Studies

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 12 January 2017

A chance to forge a career in the museum and heritage sector is being offered by the University of Leicester through a scholarship programme.

Following the success of last year’s schemes, the University’s School of Museum Studies is offering six scholarships of £3,000 each.

Four of the scholarships are for applicants from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the museum sector, including people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled applicants, care leavers, carers and people from lower income households.

The initiative forms part of the School’s long-standing commitment to support the diversification of the UK’s museum workforce. The scholarships schemes are part of a suite of linked initiatives focused on different aspects of diversity and equality.

In 2016, the School was selected to lead on the University of Leicester’s participation in a nationwide project designed to enhance student diversity and led by the Equality Challenge Unit. 

In addition, 2016 saw the launch of a brand new flexible learning programme – Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries – that looks closely at equality and diversity themes and draws on the School’s world-leading research and practice in this area.

Two Open Scholarships of £3,000 each are open to all new Master’s and Postgraduate Diploma applicants beginning their campus-based or flexible learning programmes in Autumn 2017. 

A further four ‘Diversity Scholarships’, each of £3,000, are open to UK applicants from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the UK museum sector.

The deadline for all applications is 30 June 2017 for students who will commence their studies in Autumn 2017.

Sandra Dudley, Acting Head of School, said: “In line with the School’s deep commitment to diversity and equality, we are delighted to be investing in this programme of scholarships once again.  This enables us to build on the success of last year’s initiative and support a highly talented and diverse group of students to become creative practitioners who can lead change and innovation in the museum, gallery and heritage fields.”

To apply for a scholarship you must first complete your course application form and submit the scholarship application form.

Scholarship applications will be assessed on their overall quality, paying particular attention to the applicant's personal statement. Assessors will look specifically at how well applicants describe their ambitions in undertaking the programme, and how they link their current responsibilities or future career aspirations to the content and learning outcomes of the programme.

Details of eligibility can be found on the School’s website.

For further information contact museum.studies@le.ac.uk

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