Professional Development Grant


The purpose of the VRAF Professional Development grant is to support professional development in the field of visual resources and image management. The grant can be used to attend a visual resources-related professional development opportunity of the grantee's choosing (such as an association conference, symposium or workshop), or to enroll in relevant research activities (such as hands-on field work). In recognition of the differing professional development needs for an emerging professional versus the established career professional, two awards will be funded. One grant will be awarded to a student or new professional with up to five years of experience in the field, and the other grant will be designated for a career professional with six or more years of experience. At the discretion of the VRAF Board and with approval of the applicant, an application may be moved to a different category that better fits the experience criteria.

The VRAF Professional Development Grant advances the VRAF mission to raise awareness of critical issues for effective digital information management (including intellectual property and copyright); to encourage the application of professional standards, innovative technology, and metadata cataloging protocols; and to facilitate workplace training. The VRA Foundation supports a range of educational offerings to help ensure that such information reaches a diverse, global audience.

Award Amount:

Each of the two 2015-2016 awards wil provide a grant of $850. The grant is for use between October 2, 2015 and October 1, 2016. 


Applicants should be in the field of visual resources and image management, and may include retirees, the currently unemployed, or students seeking educational and training opportunities in support of broad access to cultural information. Membership in the Visual Resources Association is not required. Statements of financial need will be strongly considered.

Acceptable Uses of Award Money:

  • Transportation costs to and from the event venue
  • Registration fees or tuition
  • Required course materials (e.g., work books, DVDs)
  • Lodging
  • Meals - including meals in transit to and from the educational event
  • Research expenses

Grant monies may not be used to cover indirect costs at institutions.

Application Deadline and Decision Announcement:

Applications for the 2015-2016 VRAF Professional Development Grants are due Friday, September 18, 2015.
A public announcement of the award recipients will be made by Friday, October 2, 2015. 

Guidelines and Application Form:

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