Workforce Development in Digital Preservation

The DPC recognizes the very great need among our members for access to specialist training for professional development, as well as the very great risks and costs that are incurred by those that provide and deliver such training.

The DPC Career Development Fund (previously known as the Leadership Programme) has been created with the help of DPC’s Supporters to offer an on-going programme of grants so that our members can attend training and development opportunities. Over the course of its lifetime, it has provided almost 200 grants for members.

Support from the Career Development Fund is provided through two routes: regular calls for applications covering established digital preservation courses, conferences and events; and applications for any course or development opportunity that members have identified which they believe will help build digital preservation capacity within their organization. More details about both are included below and described in detail in the Career Development Fund Application Guidelines.

The Career Development Fund is sponsored by the DPC’s Supporters who recognize the benefit and seek to support a connected and trained digital preservation workforce.  We gratefully acknowledge their financial support to this programme and ask applicants to acknowledge that support in any communications that result. At the time of writing, the Career Development Fund is supported by Arkivum, Artefactual Systems Inc., AVP, Libnova, Max Communications and Preservica.  A full list of supporters is online here.


Advertised Calls 

Announcements and advertised calls for applicants are published via the DPC News page. Applications for advertised opportunities are invited from all DPC Members and Affiliates (see individual announcements for eligibility information). Applicants are required to complete the relevant application form and provide explicit approval from their line manager for attendance.


Member Self-Identified Opportunities

The DPC has extended the Career Development Fund to allow members to apply for grants to attend courses and development opportunities they have self-identified. This will allow members to address specific training needs that might otherwise be impossible to fulfil. Details on the eligibility of opportunities, application process and deadlines are available in the Career Development Fund Application Guidelines.


How to Apply

The application forms below should be used to apply for the relevant route:

Application forms for Advertised Calls

Application form for Member Self-Identified Opportunities

 Applicants should complete and submit the relevant form, along with explicit approval from their line manager for attendance (via email or attached letter), to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the specified deadline.


Previous Grants

Over the course of its lifetime, the fund has provided almost 200 grants for members including:


  • IDCC

  • iPRES

  • Winter School for Audiovisual Archiving

  • RDA Plenary

  • Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) and DPTP Online course

  • PGCert in Digital Curation, Digital Curation Lab, University of Salford

  • ProfCert Digital Information Management, University College Dublin

  • DIS Short Courses for CPD, Aberystwyth University

  • PGCert Digital Curation, Digital Curation Lab

  • PGCert Applied Data Science, Birkbeck University of London

  • NEDCC Digital Directions

  • APARSEN Summer School

  • APARSEN: Trust and Digital Preservation

  • APARSEN: Sustainability and Digital Preservation

  • Digital Futures Academy

  • Digital Preservation – the PLANETS way

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