The Museum Work Experience Grant

The purpose of this grant is to fund a student volunteer working on a dress-related project in a public museum in the UK.

The Museum Work Experience Grant (MWEG) is intended to support students seeking museum work experience with a dress collection and to help UK museums accomplish projects essential to the care, knowledge and interpretation of collections.

Prior to 2023, each year the successful applicant (or applicants) was awarded a £1000 fund to pay for an MWEG experience. From 2023, each year a grant of up to £1500 will be offered to a student applying jointly with an appropriate UK-based museum (that receives £500). 

The volunteer should be a student (minimum second year undergraduate) or recent graduate of an appropriate UK university course.

Projects can be carried out at any time of the year so long as the grant is used within 12 months of being awarded. The placement must be for a minimum of two months, either full or part-time (minimum 15 hours per week).

Applications should be made by the curator/administrator of a publicly funded UK museum who will supervise the volunteer. Applicant museums must be accredited with the Arts Council England or equivalent for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

For details of eligibility see guidelines below. For an informal discussion or further information please contact Ben Whyman, Co-ordinator of the Museum Work Experience Grant.

Our next application deadline is 31 May 2024.

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