Scholarships

The NDF community is a lovely bunch, and one of the loveliest things about it is that membership fees go directly towards supporting current members by funding annual NDF scholarships. 

This year we are pleased to offer four scholarships that pay the full Tūi (early bird) registration fees for successful applicants. Additional sponsored scholarships will also be available. 

For the first time we are also testing a new inclusivity and accessibility initiative: pay it forward grants. These are funded through donations from our community and we will be offering at least one grant in 2019. 

Depending on your membership status and fit with the selection criteria you can apply for one or all of the opportunities below. You can also apply for an individual membership ($25) at the same time.


Membership-funded scholarships

These scholarships are funded through fees paid by individual members of the National Digital Forum Incorporated Society. 

The selection panel will use the following criteria to guide their scholarship awards:

  • Relevance of current work (or current courses if a student)

  • Potential to enhance digital interaction with NZ culture and heritage, and support open or increased access to NZ content and information

  • Previous attendance at an NDF conference (preference will be given to those who have not attended before)

  • Recommendation (from a member, employer, or lecturer)

  • Assessment of financial need

  • Whether the recipient will improve the diversity of the NDF conference attending community

  • Scholarships to seek a balance of recipients across gender, location, GLAM type, and experience level

Only members are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Recipients of these scholarships must file a brief evaluation of the conference to the NDF Board, including a report of how they have shared their learning with others (or plan to do so). The Board may choose to publish all or some of the evaluations on the NDF website under a Creative Commons BY licence. 

The scholarship covers the cost of a Tūi (early bird) registration for the applicant at either the full ($555) or discounted ($310) rate. 

Four scholarships are available to attend the 2019 conference. 

Pay it forward grants

The people that make up the wider digital culture and heritage community come from diverse cultures and have varied backgrounds and experiences. 

We recognise the importance of valuing all members of our community and believe that for the digital culture and heritage sector to prosper, it must attract, develop and retain a diverse range of talented people. 

The pay it forward grants have a specific focus on promoting inclusivity and accessibility in order to improve diversity within the NDF conference community. They are funded through donations additional to member fees. 

These grants are open to anyone with a passion for working with others to enhance digital interaction with culture and heritage in Aotearoa New Zealand. Grants can be for any or all of the following expenses up to a total cost per person of $1,000:

  • Cost of an individual membership 

  • Cost of registration (NDF2019)

  • Cost of travel to attend NDF2019

  • Cost of accommodation while attending NDF2019

The pay it forward fund is a trial started in 2019 and is dependent on the number of donations made by the date scholarship applications close. At least one grant will be available in 2019.

The selection panel will use the following criteria to guide their awards of grants:

  • Previous attendance at an NDF conference (preference will be given to those who have not attended before)

  • Assessment of financial need

  • Whether the recipient will improve the diversity of the NDF conference attending community

Grants will be paid in advance of conference registration. Receipts must be provided for any expenses paid for with the grant. 

As this is the first year we are running this initiative, we welcome any feedback you might have via email at admin@ndf.org.nz

Sponsored scholarships

These scholarships are funded by sponsoring partners of the National Digital Forum conference who can also choose to ‘name’ their scholarship if they wish. 

Unless the sponsor requests specific criteria for awarding their scholarship, the criteria for selection are the same as membership-funded scholarships. 

Eligible applicants can apply for any or all of the funding opportunities available. Only one award will be made per person. 

Key dates

  1. Scholarships and grant applications open 6 August 2019

  2. Intention to donate to ‘Pay it forward’ fund for 2019 conference signalled by 6 September 2019. You can make a donation through our website or when you register.

  3. Membership-funded scholarships and pay it forward grant applications close 6 September 2019

  4. Membership-funded scholarship and pay it forward grant recipients/applicants informed of outcome 16 September 2019

  5. Tūi (early bird) conference registration closes 27 September 2019

  6. Sponsored scholarship recipients/applicants informed of outcome 1 November 2019