Added on 31 July 2020

In recognition of the growing need among our members for online professional development opportunities, the DPC's Career Development Fund is pleased to offer two grants to help cover the course fees for the online Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Curation at the Digital Curation Lab, University of Salford. These grants, detailed below, are open to all DPC members.

The Digital Curation Lab (DCL) at the University of Salford was established in 2019 on the MediaCityUK Campus as a place for all activities within the institution associated with the field of Digital Humanities to come together in a collaborative environment. The DCL is designed to create opportunities for all to explore the intersections of digital technology, creative arts, information management, humanities, social sciences, and associated areas of engagement, and offers postgraduate research opportunities through a range of masters and doctoral programmes.

The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Digital Curation course is ideal for DPC members working as archivists and/or art curators who would like to update or expand their knowledge and understanding as well as those who want to gain a deeper understanding of the processes underpinning the presentation, preservation, and curation of contemporary art work in digital environments. The course involves 60 credits of postgraduate study through online distance learning with emphasis on digital preservation and curation in the broad field of contemporary art. Course content is delivered exclusively online either over 8 months (part-time) or 4 months (full-time) and is comprised of two modules:

  • Module 1 - Digital Curation and Contemporary Art: Collecting and Archiving (30 credits)

  • Module 2 - Digital Curation and Contemporary Art: Curating in Context (30 credits)

The module format includes sessions delivered to all students following the course over a period of three to four weeks, followed by tutorials in small groups or on a personal basis, depending on the project selected for assessment. Students will also need to engage in directed independent work outside the contact hours with tutors, in direct relation to course assessment. More information about course details, requirements, and fees is available at

Each Career Development Fund grant will provide £1,320 towards the course fees.

An application form with further details about the conditions and eligibility for this grant is available here.


Important Dates



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., CAE Technology, Formpipe, Libnova, Max Communications, MirrorWeb and Preservica. A full list of supporters is online here.


Further Information

  • For questions relating to the grants, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • For questions relating to DCL and the PGCert course, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the DCL website at

  • For information about joining the Digital Preservation Coalition, see: 

  • For additional information on the Career Development Fund application process and guidelines, please see the DPC website at

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