About the Diversity Scholarship

VALA recognises that regional, rural and indigenous members of the Library community face additional barriers to participation in both library and technical events. The Diversity Scholarship is offered to individuals who in normal circumstances would not generally attend a VALA event or would struggle to attend due to financial or other hardship.

One Scholarship is offered for VALA Tech Camp 2017 and three individual scholarships for the VALA2018 Conference.

Applications are now closed for the VALA2018 Diversity Scholarships, sponsored by EBSCO.

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EBSCO is committed to providing professional development and networking opportunities for librarians looking to advance their careers. The VALA2018 Diversity Scholarship presents an opportunity for librarians to share ideas, challenges and best practices with their peers.


VALA2018 Diversity Scholarship


The VALA2018 Diversity Scholarship, sponsored by EBSCO, is open to individuals who meet BOTH of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Any person who is currently working in a library, or is seeking entry to the library and information services industry;
  • Hasn’t previously attended a VALA Conference as a delegate;

In addition individuals MUST ALSO meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Any Australian person of Indigenous heritage.
  • Any Australian person who resides in a regional, rural or remote location, including Darwin.
  • Any person who resides in the Oceania region or Timor Leste (where Oceania is as defined by the United Nations Standard Country or Area Codes for Statistical Use https://unstats.un.org/unsd/methodology/m49/).
Selection Criteria

Award of the Scholarship will be made on the following criteria:

  • The ability of the Applicant to share the knowledge they gain at the VALA2018 Conference with their local library and/or technical community via an online communication channel, such as blog, podcast, social media etc, as demonstrated through previous work, volunteer or student experience
  • The impact the Scholarship will have on the Applicant’s future career in the library and/or technology sector.
Application/Nomination Process

The application process is as follows:

  • Complete the online application form 

    • Write a 200 word statement in the ppplication form stating why you want to come, what you want to learn, how the community/organisation you serve will benefit from you attending
    • Produce a 3 minute video explaining the above
Scholarship Offer
  • Up to $2,000 for flights and accommodation (two offered – within Australia) OR Up to $3,000 for flights, accommodation and visas (one offered – Oceania)
  • Complimentary conference registration to VALA2018 (value $1,575)
  • VALA Committee/Conference Committee buddy at conference
  • Invitation to VIP pre-conference speakers dinner (Monday 12 February 2018)