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DCDC22 Bursaries

  • My experience was amazing. I learnt a lot from the conference including boosting my confidence to present in public platforms. The event was very well organised and after attending another conference l realised the service l received was amazing and very efficient and satisfactory.

    Victoria Machipisa, Digital Curator, University of Cape Town

  • I had a fantastic and memorable experience attending DCDC21. The entire package of the program was as exciting and inspiring as it was highly rich in knowledge acquisition. The event provided an adequate understanding of how the Covid-19 pandemic affected the academic/research/museum library service delivery globally and the various initiatives devised to alleviate the problem.

    Samuel Bello, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

  • DCDC is the best platform for knowledge sharing on museums, galleries and libraries and it’s a great investment in your career.

    Herbert Chibvongodze, ECR, Kadoma, Zimbabwe

  • The bursary from the DCDC Conference gave me a boost for professional reflection. It was more than an incubator of ideas. Divergent thinking was activated throughout the academic event. It has become a platform for leaders of the present.

    Noé Nessel, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • DCDC was a thought-provoking and stimulating conference and the bursary scheme is a great way for people to attend who wouldn’t be able to otherwise. For me the best thing about the conference is the variety of speakers, I enjoyed getting perspectives on issues from outside the Archives sector.

    Annabel Valentine, Archivist, Oxford Brookes University

  • The conference topics and themes provided insights and case studies that I was able to consider in relation to my own job and the collection that I manage.

    Louise Clarke, Archivist, Aerospace Bristol

Open, inclusive and collaborative in its ethos, the DCDC Conference brings together an unparalleled variety of experiences drawn from across the UK, Europe, and further afield. The conference has now become a well-established event on the cultural, heritage and academic calendars.

Each year DCDC brings together over 400 colleagues from across the archive, library, museum, heritage and academic sectors. We are proud that the conference appeals to delegates from all career stages, from established academics and practitioners, to those just starting out. Equality, diversity and inclusion have been prominent themes in recent conferences, and we wish to ensure that these values remain at the core of DCDC, and that we continue to include the widest range of voices, experiences and backgrounds in our discussions.

This year, we are delighted to offer two types of bursary:

1. Registration Bursaries (up to 50 available)

This bursary will cover the costs of online registration for DCDC22. A committee at The National Archives will select applicants based on the following criteria:

  • reasons for wanting to attend DCDC22
  • inclusion
  • individual benefit

Anyone can apply for a registration bursary. There are no restrictions on the location or employment status of applicants. We ask that you explore funding options from your employer or institution first, but encourage anyone who is unable to secure support to apply for a registration bursary.

Download the registration bursaries form

2. Expenses Bursaries (up to 10 available)

We recognise that conference attendance can incur additional costs for some of our delegates. The expenses bursaries are worth £500 to help cover these additional costs. You may apply to both the registration and expenses bursaries. We hope they will be useful to those with caring responsibilities, work commitments, or delegates who need extra support to attend a conference online. A committee at The National Archives will select applicants based on individual need.

Download the expenses bursaries form

If you require further information about the bursary opportunities please contact


Application information:

** If you are applying for a bursary, please do NOT register for DCDC22 until you have been notified of the outcome of your application. **

  • There are up to 10 expenses bursaries and 50 registration bursaries available.
  • There are no geographical restrictions regarding who can apply. Bursaries are open to delegates at any career stage, whether they are attached to an institution or not. If you are attached to an institution/funder, we do ask that you explore funding with them first.
  • All applications should be returned to by **deadline extended** 17.00 (BST) on 25 May 2022. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in early June. If an applicant is unsuccessful but is notified of this decision after 8 June, then they will be offered the early bird rate for the conference.