Diversity scholarships for upcoming R conferences

February 12, 2018

(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

One of the greatest things about the R community is its diversity. This is largely thanks to organizations like Forwards and R-Ladies, who have been instrumental in welcoming women and other under-represented groups to the world of R. Likewise, conferences in the R community encourage diversity, with open codes of conduct, facilitations like on-site child-care, and by offering scholarships for travel and lodging to encourage attendees from diverse backgrounds. 

Here are three upcoming R community events that are offering diversity scholarships:

The rOpenSci Unconference (May 21-22, Seattle) is now accepting self-nominations to participate. You can request travel support as part of the application process, and the organizers "strongly encourage applications from women and other underrepresented genders, people of color, people who are LGBTQ, people with disabilities or any other underrepresented minorities in research". Applications are open now.

The eRum 2018 Conference (May 14-16, Budapest, Hungary) will include a Package Development Workshop for Women presented by Forwards, which is also offering scholarships to attend (thanks to funding from the R Consortium). The deadline to apply is February 25.

The useR! 2017 Conference (July 10-13, Brisbane, Australia) is offering scholarships for those seeking financial aid to attend, and in addition R-Ladies Melbourne is offering two $500 travel scholarships. Applications are open now.

If you're thinking about applying, Forwards offers useful tips for applying for diversity scholarships.


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