Thanks to sponsorship from the CILIP Community, Diversity and Equality Group, University of Sheffield Information School and University College London Dept. of Information Studies we are pleased to offer at least 22 bursary places for CALC2021. Additional bursary places may become available once tickets for the conference are on sale.

Bursary places will offer a free ticket for the CALC2021 e-conference and are designed to improve the representation of groups/individuals who experience underrepresentation and/or marginalisation in academia, librarianship and traditional conference programmes. Groups eligible for bursary places include:

  • POC/BAME/non-white attendees
  • Those for whom English is an additional language
  • LGBTIQA+ attendees
  • Disabled people/people with disabilities (including both physical, learning and mental-health related impairments)
  • Deaf attendees
  • Neurodiverse attendees
  • Attendees from working class backgrounds

Eligibility is based on self-identification and no bursary applicants will be required to ‘prove’ their eligibility for the bursary. Bursary holders will not be named or identified at the conference.

As conference organisers, we do not believe that marginalised or underrepresented individuals should have to compete with one another or prove their worth to a panel of judges. We do not regard the bursary places on offer as prizes to be won, rather they are a benefit to the whole conference as they help ensure voices that might otherwise be absent are present.

Therefore we’re operating the bursary places on a lottery system – you’re not be required to apply for a bursary, only to fill in the form below. The bursary list will close at 23.59 on Friday 16th April 2021. A random draw will be made shortly afterwards and those chosen will be contacted by the conference organisers.

Click here to enter your name for the bursary draw

N.B. Should the number of bursary places exceed the number of those applying for them after the closing date the CALC organisers will offer these to organisations and associations to offer to their members.