ROSCon 2019 Diversity Scholarship
Robotics technology, and ROS with it, is taking more of a protagonist role in many aspects of our lives and society each year. In addition to promoting technology that is open source, we also strive to ensure that our communities themselves are as open and accessible as possible, since we recognize that inclusion and diversity benefit the ROS ecosystem as a whole.

We aim for ROSCon to represent the entire ROS community. Whoever you are, whatever you do, and wherever you do it, if you’re interested in ROS, then we want you to join us at ROSCon. To help reduce the financial barriers to conference attendance, the ROSCon planning committee is offering a number of scholarships to members of underrepresented groups in the robotics community. These scholarships will include a complimentary conference registration pass and three nights’ accommodation shared with another recipient*. Limited travel support is available for participants whose travel to the conference would otherwise be infeasible**. Please note that all other expenses (including any visa requirements) will be the responsibility of the participant.

*To maximize the impact of the scholarship funds, scholarship recipients will be asked to share a room with another recipient. Under special circumstances alternative arrangements can be accommodated.
**Participants will be responsible for covering their travel expenses up-front, as the travel support will be provided at the conference.

Eligibility:
We invite applications from members of groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the tech community (including but not limited to: women, people in LGBTQIA communities, people with disabilities, people from racial and/or ethnic minorities in the ROS community, and people from developing nations), who may not otherwise be able to attend ROSCon. Previous ROSCon Diversity Scholarship recipients are not eligible to re-apply.

With thanks:
The ROSCon 2019 Diversity Program is made possible with support from the following sponsors:
Acutronics Robotics
Apex.AI
Autoware
Changi General Hospital
Centre for Healthcare Assistive & Robotics Technology
Locus Robotics
Tier IV


If your organization is interested in getting involved in the Diversity Program, please get in contact: roscon-2019-oc@openrobotics.org

For more information about ROSCon 2019, including the program, code of conduct, and childcare options, see http://roscon.ros.org/2019/

Applications will be accepted until 2 June 2019. All personal information collected will remain confidential.

Please submit your application in English. The conference proceedings of ROSCon will be in English, and this is the primary shared language among the scholarship review committee.
Name *
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Email *
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Current location (city and country) *
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Current affiliation and/or position *
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URLs to your personal website, github, LinkedIn, and/or CV (optional)
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Which underrepresented group(s) do you identify as being a member of? *
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Additional information regarding your response to the previous question (optional)
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Please list your age at the time of the conference (October 2019) *
Tell us about the barriers that would prevent you from attending ROSCon without a scholarship. *
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Describe how you are involved with ROS and the robotics community and what you hope to get out of attending ROSCon. *
Please limit your response to 500 words.
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URLs that highlight your involvement in the ROS community, e.g. your ROS Answers profile, and/or ROS Discourse profile (optional)
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What do you identify your gender as? E.g. woman, trans man, cisgender male, non-binary, gender non-conforming *
This information will be used for accommodation matching purposes. In order to provide scholarships to as many individuals as possible, we ask that individuals who feel comfortable doing so share accommodation with another scholarship recipient of the same gender.
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If you have accessibility needs that require private or special accommodation (e.g. traveling with a parent or infant child) or other requests regarding accommodation, please list them. (optional)
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Are you planning to attend IROS? If so, how will your travel be funded? *
IROS is a partner robotics conference being held in Macau immediately after ROSCon. Please mention if you have a submission accepted/under review for the conference.
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Please list any accessibility requirements you may have. (optional)
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How did you hear about the ROSCon Diversity Scholarship Program?
This will assist with our promotion of the scholarship in future years.
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Thank you for your application. If you have any suggestions for how we can make you feel more welcome at ROSCon, please let us know in the space provided.
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