In order to increase the diversity of participation in the AoIR annual Internet Research conferences, the Association of Internet Researchers makes available several conference fee waivers and travel stipends per year. These stipends are mostly funded through the generosity of our membership.
Applications are invited from authors whose proposals have already been accepted via the conference reviewing process, as well as by PhD Students applying to the Doctoral Colloquium. All applications should be emailed directly to the Association Coordinator, Michelle Gardner (ac [at] AoIR [dot] org), and must be received by May 20, 2017. Late applications cannot be considered.
Applications should include (1) a short (2-page) CV and (2) a statement no longer than 2 pages that must include the following information:
- A brief description of how the author’s presentation or contribution to the #AoIR2017 conference will uniquely articulate and/or represent a distinctive perspective (e.g., of persons and/or cultures) otherwise unlikely to be represented at the conference.
- An explanation of the author’s distinctive circumstances that would warrant a fee waiver, and an indication that the applicant will be able to make effective use of the funds. These may include, but are by no means limited to: exceptionally limited financial resources (e.g., as a graduate student or scholar in a non-OECD country, as a disabled person on a limited income, etc.); exceptional limits on institutional support otherwise normally available (e.g., travel funds, grant funds, etc.); other exceptional circumstances that render the usual AoIR conference fees an insurmountable obstacle to attending the IR conference in order to present one’s own work. Please include any information on access you have to additional funding.
- AoIR membership is encouraged but is not a requirement for the application.
Applicants may also include a letter of support from someone familiar with their circumstances, special needs, etc. A letter of support is not a requirement.
Applications will be reviewed by the AoIR Executive Committee.
Fee waivers and travel stipends of up to $500 (with one stipend of up to $1,500) will be awarded. Awards are intended to reimburse participants for incurred expenses and will be paid out after the conference. The awardee is required to provide expense receipts to AoIR in order access travel stipends.
Decisions are made on the basis of the Executive Committee’s collective judgment as to which presentations will make the most distinctive contribution to the AoIR conference. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a travel award from AoIR. In order to respect and protect the privacy of the applicants, all Executive Committee discussions and deliberations will be held in strict confidence.
The AoIR Executive Committee regretfully acknowledges that there may be more meritorious applications than we will be able to award and support. Nonetheless, we hope that awarded fee waivers and travel stipends will not only assist deserving scholars and researchers, but also enrich the #AoIR2017 conference for all attendees.