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Scholarship Application

To provide professional development training opportunities for people engaged in sustaining and advancing indigenous culture, the Institute of Museum and Library Services is providing scholarship funding for eligible applicants to attend the conference. It is anticipated a minimum of 100 scholarships will be awarded, pending confirmation of funding.

Scholarship Application Scholarships are subject to the availability of funding.

Application Process

  • If you cannot complete the application once you start it, you have the option to save your information and resume it later. If you choose this option, you will receive a unique link that will enable you to access your application at any time within the next 30 days. Without the link, the data you have entered cannot be retrieved and you will have to start filling out the form at the beginning. ATALM does not receive the information until you hit the “Submit” button.
  • You will receive a copy of the information you submit via email. If you do not receive a confirmation, you may have entered your email address incorrectly. Before resubmitting another application, contact ATALM at If an application was received, it will be forwarded to you. Otherwise, you will need to resubmit.
  • You will be notified on or before August 1st as to the status of your scholarship.

Obligations of Scholarship Recipients
If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be required to:

  • Sign a scholarship agreement committing to fulfilling the terms of the scholarship and meeting specified deadlines, as well as committing to funding costs not covered by the scholarship.
  • Provide a letter from your supervisor authorizing attendance.
  • Participate in nine concurrent sessions (you will be required to sign in and out).
  • Volunteer at least one hour before, during, or after the conference.
  • Provide a written evaluation of the conference and the scholar experience.

Applicant Criteria

  • Must reside or work in the United States.
  • Must currently be a staff member with a tribal archive, library, museum, historic preservation office, language program, or other cultural programs,or
  • Work with indigenous collections in non-tribal archive, library, museum, or cultural programs, or
  • Be currently enrolled in a museum, library,or archival-related educational program.

Selection Criteria the Scholarship Review Committee Considers

  • The extent the applicant is involved with Native collections.
  • The extent to which the applicant will benefit from the conference.
  • Financial need.
  • The number of applications received from the same organization. Multiple applications per organization are permitted, but typically only one scholarship is awarded to the staff member most involved with tribal collections.
  • If the applicant is a United States resident. Note that IMLS funds cannot be used for non U.S. residents.

Scholarship Amounts

Scholarships range from $325 to $1,000, with most averaging around $750. Scholarships are not intended to cover the full cost of attending the conference.

What does a Scholarship Cover?


  • Registration may cover Basic Registration ($325) or Full Registration ($450). Full registration includes a preconference workshop or fieldtrip and cultural events.


  • Scholars requesting Basic Registration are eligible for three (3) nights shared lodging (November 30, December 1/2)
  • Scholars requesting Full Registration are eligible for four (4) nights shared lodging (November 29/30, December 1/2).
  • Scholars may request a private room for an additional $109 per night. Payment for private rooms must be made to ATALM at least two weeks in advance of the conference.
  • Any nights beyond the three or four authorized by ATALM are the Scholar's responsibility, as are all incidental charges other than room and tax.


  • Due to the large number of applications received, travel costs are rarely funded.
  • If funded, travel awards are capped at $250.
  • If awarded travel, you will book and pay for your own travel.
  • Funds are not provided for airport parking, baggage fees, etc.
  • Travel reimbursements are paid at the conference, provided you have submitted receipts by the deadline of November 10, 2020.


  • Registration includes two breakfasts and two luncheons.
  • Per diem is not covered.