SCHOLARSHIPS

See below for details.

One of the sector’s greatest assets is its incredible diversity. This fall, leaders and practitioners from across the entire sector will converge in Washington DC to intellectually engage each other, think collaboratively about achieving greater impact, and prepare to boldly claim our place in a rapidly changing world.

For the conference to be successful, it will be essential for the sector’s diversity to be vibrantly reflected through its attendees.

Independent Sector and our sponsoring partners are proud to offer scholarships to staff of small and medium-sized nonprofits who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend. Scholarships vary and can cover the full cost of registration, for both the main conference, the Public Policy Action Institute, and the NGen Experience.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP?

Eligible participants are established or emerging leaders of small- and mid-sized nonprofit organizations with an annual budget of less than $5 million. Exceptions may be made for organizations whose budgets exceed $5 million. We are mindful of the budget constraints that small, mid-size, and large organizations continue to face.

APPLICATION AND NOTIFICATION TIMELINE

  • Deadline for non-local applicants who require travel assistance and hotel: Extended to August 22 (Early September notification)
  • Deadline for local applicants who do not need travel assistance or hotel: September 12 (October notification)

Deadlines may be extended depending on sponsors and funding availability. If you are not selected to receive a scholarship, you will have the opportunity to register for the conference at the sale rate that was active at the time of your submission.

CAN I APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP IF I’M A PREVIOUS AWARDEE?

Yes, however preference will be given to first-time applicants.

WHAT’S THE PROCESS ONCE I ACCEPT A SCHOLARSHIP?

Scholarship awardees will be notified and will have a week to confirm their attendance. Unclaimed scholarships will be awarded to other applicants following the initial awardee notification period.

Awardees with scholarships that cover hotel accommodations will be assigned a hotel room for a certain number of nights depending on the program each awardee is scheduled to attend. Awardees with scholarships that cover flight accommodations will need to book their flights and confirm their hotel stay with IS staff. Flight/travel will be reimbursed after the conference. The process for reimbursement is detailed below.

CAN I TRANSFER MY SCHOLARSHIP TO A COLLEAGUE IF I’M UNABLE TO ATTEND?

The scholarship is intended for the named awardee only and is not transferable to another organization or colleague.

WHAT COSTS DOES A SCHOLARSHIP COVER AND WHAT IS THE REIMBURSEMENT PROCESS?

Some scholarships cover registration fees only, while others include travel reimbursement, based on funding availability. Travel may include round-trip airfare, travel expenses incurred from the recipient’s home location to Washington DC, and hotel expenses which include only room fee and taxes. Awardees are responsible for any incidentals charged to the room.

Awardees will be sent a reimbursement form, which they must sign and date, and return via mail to Independent Sector within 30 days after the conclusion of the conference.