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 all of the brilliant voices creating those discussions. Our greatest hope is that those voices will represent both a wide array of perspectives and experiences—reader, scholar, educator, librarian, author—and individuals of different genders, sexualities, races, religions, and abilities. As we approach our ninth year of Sirens, we find that topics related to women in fantasy literature are as limitless as ever, and that our opportunity to learn from our community’s discussion, analysis, and debate of those topics is equally limitless.

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

Each scholarship includes both a Sirens registration and Sirens Shuttle ticket.

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 counts.

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).


Con or Bust

Con or Bust helps people of color/non-white people attend science fiction and fantasy conventions. Sirens has provided Con or Bust with three Sirens registrations and Sirens Shuttle tickets in order to help people of color/non-white people attend Sirens. Con or Bust will allocate these scholarships according to its rules.

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 vibrancy and diversity 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 9, 2017. Please note that, beginning in 2017, scholarship recipients may not receive a programming scholarship in two consecutive years. 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 do so as part of their proposal submission.
Deadline: May 8, 2017; 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 Sirens 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, 2017. Please note that, beginning in 2017, and 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 8, 2017; recipients will be contacted by May 31, 2017

Presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc.
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