Code4Lib 2020 Diversity Scholarship - Call for Applications!

  • 1.  Code4Lib 2020 Diversity Scholarship - Call for Applications!

    Posted Nov 08, 2019 04:04 PM


    Code4Lib 2020 Diversity Scholarships: Apply Now!



    As part of Code4Lib's ongoing commitment to reducing economic barriers that prevent participation for underrepresented groups, and to achieving a balanced representation of the human experience, we are pleased to announce that we are now seeking applicants for our 2020 Diversity Scholarship program! The

    Scholarship Committee hopes to award multiple Diversity Scholarships, based on merit and need. Each scholarship will cover up to $1500 for travel costs, lodging, and conference fees for selected applicants to attend the 2020 Code4Lib Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


    Check out the Code4Lib 2020 Scholarships Webpage!


    The scholarship will cover conference registration and hotel accommodations up front to scholarship awardees. Other incidentals like travel and meals may be reimbursed based on the amount awarded. Reimbursement will be managed independently at the conference. Pairing up housing with other scholarship awardees or conference attendees may also be accommodated.

    Please contact with any questions about this arrangement. We want to ensure that financial issues do not discourage anyone from applying to this award.

    We do not expect scholarship recipients to be responsible for being an ambassador for their group or an educator of others during the conference. While learning and exchange may happen as a result of interactions between participants, scholarship recipients are encouraged to focus on getting the most out of their experience and have no special duties or obligations apart from conference attendance, engaged participation to their comfort level, and giving us feedback on their experience.



    Eligibility, Criteria and Requirements

    • An applicant must be a member of a group not well-represented within the code4lib community, including but not limited to: women, people of color, LGBTQ+, ability/disability, non-binary gender identities, etc. We also invite applications from members of underrepresented and/or marginalized groups that don't fit into the categories listed above.
    • An applicant must be interested in actively engaging with the Code4Lib community. For more information about Code4Lib, see the About Code4Lib Page:
    • The scholarship recipients will be selected based upon merit and financial needs.

    Check out our website for full details:

    Submit your application materials via this link or click the blue banner below: 


    Click here to apply until Tuesday November 26, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST


    To apply, you will need to prepare:

    1. Your brief letter of interest, no more than 500 words, which: 
      • Identifies your eligibility for a diversity scholarship
      • Describes how you see yourself benefiting from and participating in the Code4Lib 2020 conference and the general Code4Lib community
    2. Your current resume or CV
    3. Contact information for one reference who can speak to your professional goals and/or achievements

    Please note: Your brief letter of interest and current CV/resume should be combined into a single pdf. Your file should follow a “Lastname-Firstname.pdf” naming convention. Please direct any questions to

    The application deadline is Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET.

    Check out our website for details on How to Apply:

    Submit your application materials via the Code4Lib online form: 


    About Code4Lib and the Scholarship Committee

    Code4Lib ( seeks to maintain a vibrant and diverse community of technology minded folks. We are developers and technologists for libraries, museums, and archives who have a strong commitment to open technologies. Code4Lib began as a simple mailing list in 2003 and held its first face-to-face meeting in 2005 in Chicago. The first official annual conference was held in 2006 in Corvallis, Oregon. Code4Lib is dedicated to providing a harassment-free community experience for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. For more information, please see our emerging CodeofConduct4Lib. Code4Lib is dedicated to being a diverse and inclusive community of technologists seeking to share ideas and build collaboration.

    This year the Scholarship Committee is being co-chaired by Jessica Benner and Yi Ding. The members of the committee are listed below. Those with an asterisk* are previous scholarship recipients! To contact us, please send an email to

    Jessica Benner, Yi Ding*, Carly Bogen*, Tiffany Henry*, Ann Marie Mesco, Sarah Nguyen*, Gina Nortonsmith*, Ken Rose, Lina Spotts, and Althea Topek*



    We will notify all applicants by Tuesday, December 17, 2019, regardless of award results.


    Direct links referenced in this message

    Details about the scholarship program

    Code4Lib conference 2020

    Scholarship Committee Email

    Code4Lib Organization


    Scholarship application form


    Althea Topek
    Library Associate for Collection Management
    Tulane University Special Collections
    New Orleans LA