Scholarships
Sirens has a mission: to provide a welcoming space for our attendees to discuss the remarkable women of fantasy literature. As part of that mission, we specifically craft Sirens to include and amplify the many brilliant voices of our attendees. Our greatest hope is that these voices will represent both different perspectives—reader, scholar, educator, librarian, author—and individuals of different genders, sexualities, races, religions, and abilities.

This year, because of the generosity of the Sirens community, we are pleased to offer twelve scholarships across four categories: people of color, those submitting exemplary programming proposals, those with financial hardships, and librarians, educators, and publishing professionals. These individuals are critical to our conversations, and they sometimes find it difficult to attend without additional support.

Thank you to everyone who helped make these scholarships possible!

If you need assistance, we hope you’ll consider applying for a scholarship. We designed this program specifically to help additional voices join our conference and our community—and your voice make Sirens more thoughtful, more vibrant, and just plain better.

To apply, please see the application instructions and deadline for each type of scholarship below. If you have any questions or concerns, please write to us at (scholarships at sirensconference.org).


People of Color

Con or Bust helps people of color/non-white people attend science fiction and fantasy conventions. This year, Sirens is providing Con or Bust with three Sirens registrations and round-trip shuttle tickets in order to help people of color attend Sirens.

To Apply: Con or Bust will allocate these registrations and tickets in accordance with its rules. Usually, Con or Bust makes awards several months prior to the event; please visit Con or Bust’s website for more information. Directors and officers of Narrate Conferences, Inc., and staff members of Sirens may not apply.

Deadline: As determined by Con or Bust


Programming Presenters

Every voice at Sirens is vital to the brilliance of our conversations, but we always appreciate the skill, talent, and expertise that our accepted programming presenters have volunteered to share with our community. This year, Sirens is recognizing three exemplary programming proposals with a Sirens registration and Shuttle ticket. (Selected presentations with co-presenters who have opted in for scholarship eligibility will share the funds equally across selected presenters.) These are merit-based scholarships, and will be selected by a committee. Scholarship recipients must accept or decline the scholarship by July 10, 2018. Please note that, if you’ve received a programming scholarship in the last two years, you are not eligible this year (though your co-presenters may be). Directors and officers of Narrate Conferences, Inc., and staff members of Sirens may not apply.

To Apply: Those interested in applying for a programming scholarship must apply as part of their proposal submission.

Deadline: May 6, 2018; awards will be given concurrently with programming proposal acceptances


Financial Hardship

People sometimes say that money makes the world go ’round; we’d like to counter with the idea that generosity makes the world go ’round. This year, Sirens is awarding three individuals with financial hardships a Sirens registration and a round-trip shuttle ticket, in the hopes that this will enable them to attend Sirens in October. If the number of requests is greater than the available scholarships, we will create a randomized list for funding priority. Scholarship recipients must accept or decline the scholarship by June 15, 2018. Please note that, due to high demand, financial hardship scholarship recipients may receive a financial hardship scholarship only once every five years. Directors and officers of Narrate Conferences, Inc., and staff members of Sirens may not apply.

To Apply: Please click here to complete our application form.

Deadline: May 13, 2018; recipients will be contacted by May 20, 2018


Professionals

Librarians, educators, and publishing professionals so often provide exceptional services to book-loving communities—and are, especially at the beginning of their careers or when working for underserved populations, so often paid poorly for their efforts. Their work—and their voices—are critically important to our conversations. This year, we have raised funds to assist one librarian, one educator, and one publishing professional (which may be anyone from an editor to an agent to a publicist to a cover designer to a bookseller) with a Sirens registration and a round-trip shuttle ticket. If the number of requests is greater than the available scholarships, we will create a randomized list for funding priority. Please note that professional scholarship recipients may receive a professional scholarship only once every five years. Directors and officers of Narrate Conferences, Inc., and staff members of Sirens may not apply.

To Apply: Please click here to complete our application form.

Deadline: May 13, 2018; recipients will be contacted by May 20, 2018

Presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc.
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