rstudio::conf(2020L) continues our tradition of diversity scholarships, and this year we’re increasing the program size to 44 recipients. As a result of thinking about our goals, this year we have two components to the program:

In the long run, we hope that the rstudio::conf participants reflect the full diversity of the world around us. We believe in building on-ramps so that people from diverse backgrounds can learn R, build their knowledge, and then contribute back to the community. Through this program, we want to support scholars by covering the costs of conference registration (including workshops) and providing funds for travel and accommodation (up to $1000). At the conference, scholars will also have networking opportunities with past diversity scholarship recipients as well as with leaders in the field.

We also recognise that there are many parts of the world that do not offer easy access to R events. In addition to South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, which are mentioned above, Africa has an active and growing community of R users, but relatively few R events hosted within the region. Due to the persistent challenges African scholars have faced in obtaining visas to attend rstudio::conf in recent years, we are currently looking into alternative ways we might involve our African colleagues in this year’s conference, and will be sharing more about these plans soon. We will continue to re-evaluate the regions where our scholarships can have the greatest impact and will adjust this program as rstudio::conf grows. International scholars will receive complimentary conference and workshop registration, funds for travel and accommodation funding (up to $3000), and additional networking opportunities.

Scholarship applications will be evaluated on three main criteria:

The scholarships are competitive, so make sure you highlight what makes you special. The application deadline is September 30, 2019.

Apply now!