Bursary program guidelines and regulations

Applicant Criteria

The CMA bursary program is for individual professional development only. Applications for all types of bursaries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The applicant's past achievements and demonstrated competence.
  • The eligibility or relevance of the proposed event to museum studies.
  • The relevancy of the proposal to the applicant's professional development.
  • The applicant's ability to carry out the professional development activity.
  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens, or have held landed immigrant status for 12 months prior to the application deadline.

Application note: You must apply for a bursary BEFORE the event you are planning to attend.


The following are NOT eligible for CMA bursary funding.

  • Institutional programs, including exhibition development or related research for such programs.
  • Support for speakers or presenters at workshops, seminars, conferences or symposia.
  • Learning activities that are part of an academic program leading to a university undergraduate or graduate degree, or a community college diploma.
  • Learning activities that have already been completed.
  • Support for employees of the Government of Canada, its agencies, and crown corporations. This includes indeterminate, determinate, and contract staff.


  • Individuals who have been refused a bursary may apply again at any time providing eligibility requirements are met.
  • Applicants cannot apply for the same event two years in a row.
  • Only one person per institution will be supported per event.
  • A maximum of five bursaries or $5,000 will be awarded for any single professional development event.
  • A maximum of five individuals from any one institution will be supported in a year.
  • Individuals may receive only one type of bursary from the CMA in any 12-month period, except in the case of Conference bursaries, where only one bursary will be awarded in a 24-month period.
  • Funding from all other sources must be declared on the application.
  • 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.
  • All written reports become the property of the CMA and may be reproduced or published with credit given to the author.

Questions? Contact:

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