Visitor Studies Association April Award Application

We will begin accepting applications in January.

The April Award is given to an emerging professional who shows great potential to contribute to the growth of VSA and the field of visitor studies. 

The April Awardee receives one conference registration, a $500 travel stipend, and acknowledgement during the conference.

You would be a good fit for the April Award if… 

a) You hold a job role where you are in charge of visitor research studies-- either managing, conducting, or advocating for them 
b) You are new(ish) to the field of museums, cultural, informal education or non-profit work 
c) You have limited support or guidance within your evaluation work and could greatly benefit from meeting colleagues who do similar work to yours

Don’t meet these criteria? Check out the Student Scholarship!

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]


To apply, please prepare responses to the prompts that appear below.

Submit an application using this form.

Submission deadline: Friday, February 11, 2022 at 5pm Pacific Time
Decision notification: Friday, April 1, 2022

All responses are limited to 250 words or less.

Best of luck!

  1. We'd like to get to know you a little better. Please start by telling us who you are.
    1. First Name
    2. Last Name
    3. Title
    4. Institution
    5. Email Address
  2. Reflecting on this year’s conference theme (Creating Space and Coming Together), tell us two or three ways you hope attending the conference will help you to develop or advance your professional goals and why.
  3. Using the Evaluator Competencies (located here: http://www.visitorstudies.org/competency-list) identify the top two competencies you would like to work on or explore at the Visitor Studies Association conference. Please explain why you selected those competencies and why they are important to you to build upon at the conference.
    Note: Refer to each selected competency by the letter ID (e.g., “Competency A”); no need to write the full title.
  4. Why do you think visitor studies is important and how do you hope to contribute to the visitor studies field in your career?
  5. What is a current issue or trend in the visitor studies field that interests you? What do you see as next steps in addressing it?
  6. What are you proud of in your career thus far?
  7. Please share contact information for two academic, professional or personal references. Select individuals who are familiar with projects you are working on, can speak to your experiences with visitor studies, and can identify ways the conference will help you grow.
    Note: References will be contacted if your application is selected as a finalist. Please confirm with your references that they will be available to respond to three brief questions via email by Friday, March 11, 2022.
    1. Reference 1
      1. First Name
      2. Last Name
      3. Title
      4. Organization Name
      5. Email Address
    2. Reference 2
      1. First Name
      2. Last Name
      3. Title
      4. Organization Name
      5. Email Address

All finalists will be contacted for a brief phone or video interview with reviewers between March 14 and 25, 2022. Please let us know if you foresee any challenges in scheduling this call so we can accommodate.