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VAM Conference Scholarships

Conference scholarship applications are not yet being accepted for the 2020 conference; we will announce the opening of applications later this fall.  In the meantime, you can review the criteria and options for scholarships.

Daniel H. Weiskotten Memorial Scholarship 
Provides financial assistance to archaeologists, public historians, and students who would benefit from attending the VAM annual conference. This scholarship is given to one applicant per year, and includes full conference registration as well as hotel costs for two nights. 

Applicants for this scholarship should fall into one of the following categories: 

  • A professional archaeologist employed by a museum or historic site in Virginia or the District of Columbia, and currently working with an archaeological dig or with archaeological artifacts
  • A person who is actively engaged in researching and interpreting local history for exhibits or public programs in Virginia or the District of Columbia
  • A student at a Virginia or District of Columbia school preparing to enter the field of archaeology, public history, or museum studies

VAM Professionals Scholarships 
Helps to fund registration and hotel costs for VAM members and students who would otherwise be unable to attend the annual conference. In order to assist as many qualified applicants as possible, most of these scholarships provide partial funding for conference expenses. All awards are made through a competitive process, and are based primarily on demonstrated financial need.

Applicants for this scholarship should fall into one of the following categories: 

  • A current member of VAM
  • A museum studies student
  • A new museum professional (in your first year of your first professional museum job)

Student Research Session Scholarships
Three undergraduate, graduate, or emerging museum professionals will receive a full conference registration to attend VAM's 2020 Annual Conference to present new research, projects, or impressive accomplishments in their educational or work careers. Deadline: January 17, 2020. Learn more

Applicants for this scholarship should fall into one of the following categories: 

  • Undergraduate or graduate student
  • Emerging museum professional (in first three years of your career)
  • A current member of VAM (VAM offers FREE membership to fulltime students! Join here!)

*Please Note: If you have received a scholarship from VAM in the past two years, you are not eligible to apply.


VAM Conference Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities for the 2020 conference will be announced, and registration open for these opportunities, after the new year. Please watch for more information! 

*Please Note: Only up to two representatives from the same organization can apply to volunteer.