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 2019 and three individual scholarships for the VALA2020 Conference.


VALA Tech Camp 2019 Diversity Scholarship

Applications for the VALA Tech Camp 2019 Diversity Scholarship, sponsored by Linux Australia, are now closed.


Linux Australia is committed to diversity of participation in open technologies and has chosen to support the Diversity Scholarship in line with their organisational values.



The VALA Diversity Scholarship for Tech Camp is open to:

  • Any Australian person of Indigenous heritage; and/or
  • Any Australian person who resides in a regional, rural or remote location, including Darwin.
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 VALA Tech Camp 2019 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 application 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 within Australia
  • Tech Camp Registration (value $480.00 inc gst at non-member price)
  • VALA buddy at Tech Camp

Applications for the Diversity Scholarship for Tech Camp 2019 are now closed.