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MCN 2017 Scholarship Program

MCN is pleased to offer scholarships to fifteen (15) qualified applicants from the cultural sector to attend MCN 2017 in Pittsburgh. The MCN scholarship program is made possible by the support of our members, our sponsors, and conference attendees.

Scholarship Benefits
Each scholarship includes:

  • One complimentary conference registration.
  • Complimentary attendance at one of the workshops on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
  • Complimentary meet-and-greet with other scholarship recipients and MCN board members.
  • A $400 (USD) travel and food allowance.
  • Complimentary three (3) hotel-nights (Tuesday, November 7, Wednesday, November 8, and Thursday, November 9, 2017) at the conference hotel in Pittsburgh.
  • One (1) year complimentary MCN individual membership (effective as of Nov 7, 2017).

Scholarship Recipients Expectations
Scholarship recipients will be expected to:

  • Give a lightning talk of five minutes or less on a digital project of their own.
  • Attend a mandatory scholarship orientation, and rehearsal on Tuesday afternoon, November 7.
  • Contribute their skills to assist MCN and enhance the conference experience by capturing important ideas and themes that develop during sessions and events, such as posting to social media to summarize exciting trends, themes, and discussions that emerge from various sessions and blogging before and after the conference. Tasks will be assigned based on skill sets along with personal and professional interests outlined in your applications.

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for an MCN Scholarship, applicants must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Be employed at an institution with no more than 20 full-time staff, OR
  • Be a first-time MCN conference attendee, OR
  • New to the profession with less than 2 years of experience in the field, OR
  • Identify as underrepresented or otherwise marginalized (this includes but is not limited to: persons of color, LGBTQ+, persons with a disability).


  • Interested candidates should fill out a Scholarship Application.
  • Application deadline is April 30, 2017, at 11:59 pm EST.
  • Previous MCN scholarship recipients are NOT eligible.
  • International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Selected recipients will be responsible for their own travel arrangements, and visa applications, if required.

Review Process and Award Notification
The MCN Scholarship Committee will review all applications and select a diverse group of recipients based on their professional background, field of expertise, and current position. Applications from individuals who identify as belonging to groups that are underrepresented in the museum field will be given additional consideration. The Committee will be evaluating how valuable and essential attendance at MCN 2017 will be for the applicant’s development, institution, professional community, and/or the MCN annual conference. A short list of twenty applicants will be identified for video conference interviews approximately one month after the application deadline. The interviews will take place during the month of June 2017. The final 15 recipients will be notified within approximately fifteen (15) days after interviews are complete (by mid-July 2017).

Accepted scholars must confirm their participation in writing by August 1, 2017, at 11:59 pm EST.

A waiting list will be kept to allow others to attend should a spot become available.

Questions can be directed to scholarship@mcn.edu.

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