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AABC Anti-Racism Bursary

About the AABC Anti-Racism Bursary

Many archivist job postings require additional training and education beyond an undergraduate degree, such as a Master of Archival Studies (MAS) or equivalent. Graduate programs are notoriously expensive, making the archival profession less accessible to marginalized communities. While the AABC has traditionally offered educational courses on various topics relevant to archivists, these too come at significant cost. The purpose of the bursary is to eliminate the financial barrier for IBPOC who want to join the archival profession.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please send an email to:

Who is eligible:

All candidates who identify as Indigenous, Black and/or a Person of Colour (IBPOC) are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to BC residents, but applications from elsewhere in Canada are also welcome. Both members and non-members of the AABC are invited to apply.

What is included:

The Anti-Racism Bursary covers the registration and textbook costs of one applicant per distance education course offered by the AABC. The bursary applies to the upcoming distance education courses offered during the April 2024 - March 2025 fiscal year, including:

How to apply:

To apply, fill out the linked [Google form]. You will be asked to provide your contact information and answer the following three questions:

1) Do you identify as Indigenous, Black and/or a Person of Colour (IBPOC)?

2) How important is this funding to you and/or your organization?

3) How will the content of this distance education course benefit you and build upon your professional development in the arts, culture, and heritage field?

Applications are assessed for eligibility and completeness using the Anti-Racism Bursary - Matrix and Selection Procedure.

Application period:

Applications for the Anti-Racism Bursary will be accepted during the first four weeks of the course registration period. This four week period provides enough time for textbooks to be shipped to and received by the successful candidate prior to the start of the course.

When applicants will be contacted:

All applicants will be informed of the results of their application before the end of the course registration period. Applicants not selected for the bursary are still welcome to register at the regular registration rate. 

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