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The IA Conference wants to make the Information Architecture Conference more accessible to people of diverse backgrounds.
The IA Conference Scholarship Program is actively recruiting and providing scholarships to students from backgrounds underrepresented at the IA Conference to assist them with attending the IA Conference and leadership positions within the IA community.
2020 Scholarship Application has now closed.
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Application deadline is February 21, 2020 at 5:00pm PST / 6:00pm MST / 8:00pm EST
About the Program
IA Conference Scholars share in the prestige and opportunities that become available when they are selected. Each scholar will attend the IA Conference for 5 days and 4 nights at the conference hotel. They will also take part in a special pre-conference introductory workshop and welcome to the conference.
Besides financial support, recipients will have access to peer mentoring and a large alumni network. Critical for long-term impact, the program offers continuing education and professional development opportunities foundational to obtaining leadership positions within the profession.
The Scholarship Program has three primary purposes:
- To nurture and sustain the professional development of the scholars,
- To establish a network of scholars over time who become mentors to other promising newcomers, and
- To support the information architecture and user experience design communities.
The Scholarship Program is possible by sponsors and donations from IA Conference attendees.
Each year, IA Conference Scholars will receive:
- Main conference registration to the IA Conference
- Paid airfare to/from the IA Conference
- Paid hotel stay at the conference hotel for 4 nights
- Free attendance to IAC Scholar pre-conference activities.
The program will also support the efforts of each scholarship recipient in:
- Formal and informal mentoring opportunities
- Access to colleagues via Slack and various private and open online communities
- Access to job, internship, and residency opportunities in different types of organizations
- Networking with other Scholars and IA thought leaders
The IA Conference Scholarship is designed for students new to the field, and is open to individuals in the US as well as other countries. To be eligible for an IA Conference Scholarship, you should:
- identify as a member of one or more of these groups:
- American Indian/Alaska Native,
- Black/African American,
- Middle Eastern/North African, and/or
- Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
- Other similar, historically-underrepresented groups at the IAC
- attend an undergraduate or graduate program in
- library and information studies,
- human-computer interaction,
- computer science, psychology or
- other related program
- be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program that begins no later than September 1st or Fall Semester
- have full or part-time student status
To apply to become an IA Conference Scholar, please complete a personal statement answering the following questions:
- Why are you applying for the IA Conference Scholarship program?
- What draws you to the Information Architecture Conference?
- What are your career plans and how would being an IA Conference Scholar contribute to your plans?
Essays should not exceed 500 words. Do not identify yourself or your school in the essay.
Submit your application before the deadline on February 21, 2020 at 5:00pm PST / 6:00pm MST / 8:00pm EST
A panel of judges from the IA Conference community will select at least ten scholars every year. Selections will be based on:
- Potential for growth
- Potential for leadership
- Stated goals
- Quality of writing
If you need more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.