This section sets out the process for applying for an OSGeo Travel Grant to attend FOSS4G 2019 and the process and criteria by which applicants will be selected.
The FOSS4G Travel Grant Program (TGP) is administered by the Conference Committee (CC) and supported by members of the Bucharest LOC (BLOC).
The Travel Grant will include a full conference ticket (including 1 day of workshops) and a sum up to €885 for a contribution towards travel, hostel and other expenses.
There will be 3 different sizes of travel grants available:
Grant size Likely Use
€220 Delegates from nearby locations (Central and Eastern Europe)
€440 Delegates from slightly further afield
€880 Delegates from outside of the region
The size and number of grants may be adjusted, at the discretion of the Conference Committee, dependent upon the level of funding raised and the number of applications received. Applicants will only be able to apply for one size of TG and are encouraged to apply for the smallest grant that will enable them to attend FOSS4G 2018. Any person applying for more than one grant will be excluded from the application process or will have their grant offer retrospectively withdrawn.
You are advised to apply for the smallest TGP grant that you can as this will increase your chances of success.
To be eligible for a TG, applicants should note:
1) Strong preference will be given to Central and Eastern European residents.
2) The BLOC wishes to encourage women applicants and others who will increase the diversity of our attendees
3) Students in disciplines using open source geo applications
Contributions to OSGeo
All applicants will be asked to provide
- Details of their past contributions to OSGeo projects or community activities
- Usage and experience of OSGeo software
- How they would make use of their attendance at FOSS4G to benefit themselves, their local society and the wider OSGeo community
You must be able to fund the direct costs of your travel to FOSS4G and be in possession of a valid entry visa and immunisation documents (if required). Successful applicants will receive a conference pass and become eligible for reimbursement of expenses up to the limit of the Travel Grant when they check-in at the conference registration desk. Reimbursement of expenses will be by electronic means (details to be advised).
If you wish to be considered for a FOSS4G Travel Grant please fill out this form
. All data will be held confidential and only used for assessing TGP applications. Please ensure that the email address that you provide is regularly monitored as the selection committee may wish to seek clarification of responses.
Applications must be received by 24.00 UTC on 10th April 2019. The selection committee will aim to notify recipients of grants by 10th May 2019
Supporting the TGP
The travel grant program is funded through:
- Ongoing crowdfunding campaign
- Collections at regional FOSS4G events
- Sponsor donations, recognized as part of OSGeo sponsorship program
- Annual commitment from the OSGeo board
You can help to make FOSS4G more accessible and increase the diversity of our attendees by making a donation to the FOSS4G TGP via our PayPal account.
The FOSS4G Travel Grant Program inititive was established in 2017 by the OSGeo Board to facilitate accessibility and diversity at our global and regional FOSS4G events.
The travel grant program is managed by the Conference Committee, in collaboration with representatives from each FOSS4G event.