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 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.

The AABC Anti-Racism Bursary is now open for applications. A key action item of the Executive Committee’s commitment to anti-racism, the bursary covers registration and textbook costs for one Indigenous, Black and/or Person of Colour (IBPOC) per distance education course. 


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 2022-2023 distance education courses, including:

  • “Introduction to Archival Practice” (April 4 - June 13, 2022)
  • “Managing Archival Photographs” (September 12 - November 21, 2022)
  • “Managing Plans and Drawings” (January 9 - March 20, 2023)


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, prioritizing BC residents and those who have not previously received the bursary, then selected

through a random draw.


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. 

Please send any questions to info@aabc.ca.



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