Are you a first time SIETAR USA conference attendee?
Are you open to volunteering at the conference?

If so, you may qualify for a scholarship which covers the registration fee.
See below for details.

EXTENDED!!  Application Deadline August 28, 2017

What is the SIETAR USA conference all about?

The annual SIETAR USA conference serves as a forum for interculturalists from varied professions and disciplines to come together to share their knowledge, insights, and questions with other members of the intercultural field. Members of SIETAR USA share a passion for deepening their understanding of cultures, increasing intercultural competence in themselves and others, and continually fostering culturally respectful and inclusive ways of making the world a better place to live and work.

How do the Scholarships work?

SIETAR USA wishes to support and provide access to the conference for those who might not otherwise be able to attend. Thanks to the efforts of last year’s Silent Auction team and attendees’ contributions, we are able to offer several full and partial scholarships, which cover the registration fee for the SIETAR USA Conference. SIETAR USA has also designated one full scholarship award for a qualifying member of the LGBT community.

Scholarship applicant must be first-time attendees and are required to minimally volunteer during the conference. Full scholarship recipients volunteer for seven hours, whereas partial scholarship recipients volunteer for four hours.

The scholarship does not cover the cost of travel, hotel or some meals. (Registration does include registration includes the opening reception, coffee breaks, Friday morning breakfast, and all lunches.) Take advantage of our cost-saving opportunity, “Roommate Connection,” a service that provides the opportunity for conference attendees to share the cost of accommodations by pairing you with another conference attendee. Please go to the Hotel & Travel section to learn more about Roommate Connection. 

Step One: Am I eligible?
Step Two: Am I qualified?
Step Three: How do I apply?
Step Four: What happens after I apply?

Step One: Am I eligible?

All applicants must be a first-time SIETAR USA conference attendee. Former attendees and past recipients of this scholarship are not eligible for the scholarship, to allow other applicants to have this opportunity.

Eligible applicants must be:

    • An academically registered student in good standing with a Letter of Support from an Academic Advisor or Professor,


    • An employee/volunteer with a community-based non-profit organization with a Letter of Support from the Director of the program or organization.
      * This does not include consultants or employees who volunteer on the side or donate their services to community-based non-profit organizations.

Step Two: Am I qualified?

Qualified applicants must demonstrate:

  • An interest in intercultural education, training, and research as evidenced by a program of study and/or course work, academic or community activities, and/or active participation in organizations serving diverse populations.
  • Past and present contributions to the field of intercultural relations and communications including community development, and/or international, multicultural and/or diversity education.
  • An interest in presenting at a future SIETAR USA conference and/or an accepted proposal to present at this year’s SIETAR USA conference.
  • A willingness to be an active participant in the SIETAR USA community through activities such as volunteering, and/ or involvement in a local SIETAR USA chapter.
  • For students and researchers: Provide an explanation of related research or practitioner projects currently underway, formerly conducted or any publications in the field of intercultural education, training or research.

What about the LGBT Scholarship Award?

In addition to the above eligibility and qualifications, all applicants for the LGBT Scholarship must also meet one or more of the following qualifications:0

  • Active participation in an LGBT equal rights or advocacy organization, either locally or internationally.
  • Teaching/facilitating curricula focused on LGBT issues and/or rights.
  • Involvement with an institution or organization as Advisor to, or Coordinator of, the LGBT community (e.g., LGBT advisor/coordinator at a university).
  • Completed coursework or research in an academic LGBT program. Please provide an explanation of coursework, research or practitioner projects currently underway, formerly conducted or any publications.

Step Three: How do I apply?

To apply, please submit your scholarship application required documents prior to the AUGUST 27, 2017 DEADLINE to with Subject line: APPLICATION. All applications must include:

  • Letter of Application: Provide a letter which includes a full description of your eligibility and qualifications (1-2 page maximum).
  • Letter of Support: Provide a letter from a Professor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair, Director or Supervisor which includes confirmation of your education or professional position as well as any knowledge they have of your qualifications.
  • Résumé: Provide a résumé which includes at least two references (Name, title, institution or organization, contact information) and is no more than 2 typed pages in length.

Step Four: What happens after I apply?

  • You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. If your application is incomplete, additional documentation will be requested.
  • Recipients of scholarships will be notified by September 9, as to whether they have been selected for a scholarship. Early Bird Deadline for discount for conference registration and hotel discount is September 15.
  • Volunteer Requirements: All scholarship recipients must be available to provide service at the SIETAR USA conference for a set number of volunteer hours. Those who receive partial scholarships must volunteer for 4 hours, and those who receive a full scholarship must volunteer for 7 hours. Once you’ve accepted the Scholarship and registered for the conference, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to schedule your volunteer hours.

Have questions? Need more information?

Please send any questions or concerns to

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego, California!
Genienne Navarro, Scholarship Committee Chair

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