At the meeting of ICOM India Trust held on 15 April, 2013, the Grace Morley Research Fellowship was awarded to five ICOM members from Bangladesh and India.
Grantees during the 2010 General Conference in Shanghai
Following the announcement in 2012 that the Grace Morley Research Fellowship would fund the participation of ICOM members from the Asia-Pacific region in the ICOM triennial General Conference, 16 applications were received by 28 February, 2013. The selection was based on merit and took into account criteria such as professional background, motivation and expected outcome from participation in the General Conference. The applicants’ involvement in ICOM International Committees is also valued.
The fellowship will cover the return airline ticket and daily expenses of awardees. It is expected that their participation in the General Conference in Rio this year will provide opportunities to enrich their ongoing research work through global interaction with ICOM members from different parts of the world.
The ICOM India Trust was founded in 1998 by ICOM India members with funding coming exclusively from India. The Grace Morley Research Fellowship, awarded by the Trust, is in memory of Grace McCann Morley, a US-born founder member of ICOM in Paris in 1946, and who spent the last two decades of her life in India working to develop the museum profession in Asia. Fellowships were awarded in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010 for participation in ICOM General Conference and have so far allowed some 20 members from the region to participate in the ICOM General Conferences, which take place in different parts of the world.