Conference Bursaries: Enabling a More Inclusive Conversation

We believe the stakeholders most involved in conversations around digital data and the social sector do not currently reflect the wealth of diverse experiences across Canada. Access to these conversations is heavily skewed towards groups whose perspectives are over-represented more generally in Canada’s public dialogues.

With the support of the Carold Institute, Transform the Sector aims to convene leaders from across diverse communities and disciplines for a series of rich exchanges that will help chart the course for the emergence of a data-informed social sector.  We are able to offer a limited number of conference bursaries to support the participation of individuals and communities whose voices are often excluded from these exchanges.


Bursary Details and Selection Criteria

There are ten bursaries available: 5 for participants from Southern Ontario, and 5 for participants from the rest of Canada. These geographic constraints are based on an attempt to balance regional participation with other goals of inclusion while being subject to budget limitations.  


Each of these bursaries includes:

  • Free conference registration

  • Return travel to Toronto and two nights’ accommodation, for participants not based in the Greater Toronto Area

  • Individualized support before and during the conference, plus an optional post-conference session to deepen learning and impact

  • Breakfast and lunch on the conference day and the day after


To be considered for a conference bursary, individuals must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Active within the nonprofit or public sector

  • Working with communities that are typically marginalized from conversations and projects around applications of digital data within the social sector

  • Excited about the potential of digital data to make their work more effective, and strengthen the communities they work with

  • Would otherwise be unable to participate in this conference because of personal or organizational financial barriers


Among applicants who meet the criteria above, priority will be given to:

  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, people with disabilities, women, two-spirited, queer, and trans people, and other candidates with lived experiences of marginalization

  • Candidates who incorporate new technology into their work

  • Candidates involved in social movements


Application and Selection Process

Candidates must apply online before Thursday, January 5th at 6pm EST.  All candidates will be notified of selection results within one week following the application deadline.  For any questions, please contact Jon at transform@poweredbydata.org

UPDATED: The deadline to apply for these bursaries is being extended by one week: we will now be accepting applications until 5pm EST on Thursday, January 12th.

UPDATED: Bursary applicants have been selected.


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