The NSCF recognises the value of staff attending international conferences related to natural science collections, specifically conferences dealing with collection and data management, in order to develop local capacity and to establish global networks.

The NSCF is offering five virtual participation grants for staff employed to curate natural science collections to attend The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) conference in 2022.

Criteria and eligibility:

  • The grants are offered to staff employed on a full time basis, and permanently or on a long term contract (more than 2 years) at institutions that house openly accessible natural science collections in South Africa. 
  • Staff must be employed as curators, curation technicians, collection managers or data managers in collections, and have a real interest in a career in this field.
  • Successful applicants are expected to report back on what they have learnt and what could be implemented in their own and other institutions nationally.
  • Applications will be assessed on the basis of the motivation and the anticipated contribution to the natural science collection environment of the conference attendance, and the track record of the applicant.

What the bursary covers:

  • The grants will cover registration for the virtual conference.

Application process:
Applicants are required to submit the following documents:  

  • Full CV  
  • Letter of support from supervisor     
  • Letter of motivation
  • Details of the virtual sessions that will be attended.          

Please name each document clearly and send to; Subject: “NSCF Virtual Conference Grant application”. Emails must be <10MB.

Closing date: 17h00, 18 February 2022