Two workshops are organized each year, one in April, the other in November. The April workshops are organized at the Palace Museum, while the November ones are in another city of China.
The themes of workshops are chosen from topics discussed by museum professionals and reflect the latest development of museums. Every four successive workshops on management, collection, education and exhibition will be followed by a special theme.
The workshop recruits 35 participants at maximum, about half from China, half from other countries.
ICOM, ICOM China and the Palace Museum award two types of grants, full and partial. The full grant covers an economy-class air ticket, accommodation and local hospitality for the participant for the duration of the training workshop. Applicants residing in countries belonging to categories 2, 3 and 4, as defined in the ICOM membership grid, are given priority for this type of grant. You can find the membership grid at the end of this article.
The partial grant covers accommodation and local hospitality for the participant for the duration of the training workshop. Applicants residing in countries belonging to category 1, as defined in the ICOM membership grid, will be considered for partial grants.
ICOM or the Palace Museum will make the travel arrangements for participants with a full grant. Participants with a partial grant must book their own air ticket. Visa costs, insurance coverage and other expenses not explicitly stated above are at the cost of the participants. There are no registration fees for attending the training seminar.
International applicants can apply for the workshop on ICOM website, by clicking the following the link:
Chinese participants will find the announcement on the website of ICOM-China and the Palace Museum. Website links are:
The call for applications are published on the website and social networks in July and in December.
To be part of this workshop, ICOM members can apply if the meet the following criteria:
• Having paid their ICOM individual membership dues for two consecutive years including the current year of application, or, in the case of a new or reinstated ICOM membership, having paid membership dues for the year of application;
• Fluent in both written and spoken English;
• Occupying middle-management position in a recognised museum or public institution;
• Aged 45 years or under by 31 December of the year of application.