VRA Travel Awards -application deadline: November 9, 2015

We are delighted to announce that VRA Travel Awards are available for attendance at the 2016 joint VRA/ARLIS conference in Seattle, Washington March 8-12.  The deadline for receipt of applications will be Monday, November 9, 12pm EST.  The list of recipients will be announced on the VRA listserv the week commencing December 7.

A preliminary conference schedule with a listing of workshops and sessions will appear here in due course: http://www.arlisna-vra.org/seattle2016/program.php and information about costs is posted here: http://www.arlisna-vra.org/seattle2016/registration.php  and here: http://www.arlisna-vra.org/seattle2016/hotel.php

Before you apply, PLEASE READ “Travel Award Rules, Guidelines and Tips” for VRA Travel Awards Applicants, and “Types of Travel Awards”, both linked here as PDFs:



HERE’S THE LINK TO THE APPLICATION (also accessible from the VRA Travel Awards Committee webpage):



You do not need to be a member of the VRA to apply for a travel award, but please note that upon winning an award an applicant who is not a member of VRA must purchase a membership.


Please also note that award checks are distributed at the conference and as such, recipients willnot have access to those funds ahead of the conference to set against travel expenses.
In order to allow funding to go further, Tansey awards will be distributed according to financial need i.e. full awards (up to $850) may be given to some, whilst lower amounts may be awarded to others with partial institutional/ other support. N.B. Travel Awards are only intended to assist people’s attendance at the conference, so you should be prepared to seek funding from elsewhere.

For 2016, we are fortunate to have generous financial support from sponsors and funds provided by the membership including:

* Two New Horizons awards of $850 each.  These awards are aimed at members in the following categories: solo VR professionals, part-time VR  professionals, geographically isolated VR professionals, VR professionals in smaller institutions, and/or first-time attendees
* A New Horizons student award of $300, for a full-time student enrolled in an accredited degree program and considering a career in visual resources

* Kathe Hicks Albrecht award of $850
* Tansey fund awards ranging from $250 to $850 each

More awards may become available and will be announced on this listserv. Also, stay tuned and watch VRA-L and the VRA website for further details about the conference.  Please email if you have any questions not answered by the documents noted above.

So don’t delay – apply today!

We look forward to receiving your applications,

Vicky Brown & Jeannine Keefer
Co-Chairs, VRA Travel Awards Committee