Last minute opportunity - travel bursaries for OKFestival (Helsinki, 17-22 September)
OKFestival is happy to announce that we have received enough funding to provide travel bursaries to help those with limited financial resources take part in the festival this September. This has been made possible with the help of our programme partners, with special thanks to Sida and the Sunlight Foundation.
Travel Bursary Details – DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONERS & CODERS
Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, offers travel bursaries to a number of development practitioners and coders taking part in the Open Development topic stream. These travel bursaries will cover all reasonable flight costs and accommodation for the duration of the conference core days. A week ticket to the festival is also included. Transportation to/from airport and within Helsinki and food costs are not covered by travel bursaries.
Who are these Bursaries For?
The Sida travel bursaries are for development practitioners and coders who can make a significant contribution to the festival, but who are not able to take part without financial aid. People who are taking an active part in the Open Development topic stream will be prioritised. We will also prioritise those who truly cannot make it to Helsinki on their own without financial help, e.g. people from developing countries. Read more about why development practitioners should take part in the OKFestival in the blog post “What does ‘open knowledge’ have to do with ‘open development’?“
How to Apply?
The deadline for travel bursary applications is Wed 8 August (midnight BST).
How to Claim Your Bursary?
We will notify those who have been granted a bursary via e-mail before Fri 17 August. Those granted a bursary will be contacted by a travel agency, who will make the travel arrangements and pay for the flights, accommodation and festival tickets. Detailed guidelines for the travel bursary will be provided with the confirmation email. If you have stated in the application form that you need a letter of invitation for a visa application to Finland, we will send that to you as soon as possible after granting the travel bursary. Applying for a visa is your own responsibility. Information about visa applications can be found here.
All the details are available online.