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November 25, 2023

Call for Application: ICOM International Training Centre for Museum Studies (ICOM-ITC) Call, Network

“Respect in museums: inclusive practices, co-creation, restitution and more” Call for ICOM-ITC grants. These will be the topics of the next workshop of the ICOM International Training Centre for Museum Studies (ICOM-ITC), which will be held in Beijing, China, from 17 to 25 April 2024.

In its 14th edition, the training program will bring together Chinese and international participants and lecturers to engage in discussions and share insights on fostering inclusion and diversity, emphasizing the significance of co-creation, restitution, and other relevant topics.

Aligned with the ICOM-ITC training method, the program will blend practical and theoretical elements through lectures, group activities, discussions, visits to local museums, and a full-day excursion to cultural heritage sites in the capital.


Only ICOM members meeting the following criteria can apply to this programme:

  • Being an ICOM member in good standing, which means having paid their ICOM individual membership dues for two consecutive years including the current year of application (i.e. 2022 and 2023) or, in the case of a new or reinstated ICOM membership, having paid membership dues for the year of application (i.e. 2023);
  • Occupying middle-management position in a recognised museum or public institution;
  • Aged 45 years or under, by 31 December 2024;
  • Being fluent in both written and spoken English.

While the primary focus of the ICOM-ITC training workshops is on ICOM members from emerging countries, applications from individuals in other countries may also be considered.


To complete your application, please provide the following information in English:

  • Curriculum Vitae: Provide a one-page maximum document detailing the applicant’s training, work experience, publications, and current work responsibilities.
  • Application Form: Ensure the Application Form is fully completed.
  • Motivation Statement: Include a statement expressing your motivation for participating.
  • Letter of Recommendation: Obtain a letter of recommendation from the director of your institution.
  • Proof of Payment: Submit proof of payment for the 2023 membership fees, including a copy of the card with the 2023 sticker or an official document from the National Committee.
  • Passport Copy: Provide a copy of the first page of your passport. Note that your passport must be valid until at least November 30, 2024.
  • Motivation Statement Responses:
  1. How do your current responsibilities relate to the workshop topic? (1500 characters maximum)
  2. What knowledge and skills do you expect to gain from the program? (1500 characters maximum)
  3. How could the training workshop strengthen your museum’s current or planned projects and activities? (1500 characters maximum)

Please ensure that all applications are submitted via the online form before midnight (CET+1) on December 13, 2023.


ICOM, ICOM China and the Palace Museum award two types of grants:

The full grant encompasses an economy-class air ticket, accommodation, and local hospitality throughout the training workshop. Priority for this grant is given to applicants from countries in categories 2, 3, 4, and 5, as per the ICOM membership grid.

The partial grant covers accommodation and local hospitality for the workshop’s duration, with consideration given to applicants from category 1 countries according to the ICOM Membership grid.

For participants with a full grant, travel arrangements will be handled by ICOM or the Palace Museum. Those with a partial grant are responsible for booking their own air tickets. Visa costs, insurance coverage, and additional expenses not explicitly mentioned are the responsibility of the participants. No registration fees are associated with attending the training seminar.



The ICOM International Training Centre for Museum Studies (ICOM-ITC), situated at the Palace Museum in Beijing, China, represents a partnership between ICOM, ICOM China, and the Palace Museum. Designed to offer comprehensive and engaging training programs for museum professionals, the center’s objective is to foster research and facilitate international exchange among museums. It specifically aims to enhance the museum expertise of professionals from developing countries, with a particular focus on the rapidly growing museum sector in the Asia-Pacific region. This initiative addresses the high demand for skilled museum professionals in this dynamic and evolving cultural landscape.