Image of the Belem Tower in Lisbon along with a view for the Tagus river. And the Logo for IEEEVR Lisbon 2021 with the moto: make virtual reality diverse and acessible.

Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

IEEE VR 2021 is striving towards an inclusive and accessible environment to encourage conference participation by individuals of all identities and with diverse backgrounds. As part of this goal, we invite early career researchers to apply for the 2021 Inclusion, Diversity, and Accessibility Scholarship.

Who Should Apply?

This scholarship provides funds for early-career researchers (graduate students and postdocs) from under-represented or historically marginalized groups to attend this year’s conference. These groups may include (but is not exclusive to):

  • Women
  • People of color
  • Indigenous persons
  • People with disabilities
  • People who identify as LGBTQIA+
  • Individuals from developing countries

We also invite researchers from regions and countries historically under-represented at the IEEE VR conference to apply. The countries that are eligible to receive a registration grant are: India, any country in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Countries in southern Europe will also be considered. Given that we have a limited number of grants, you will need to submit an updated copy of your CV (1 page) and justify why you are applying for this grant in the registration form.

Undergraduate students with limited or no experience conducting virtual reality research are encouraged to apply to the Bridge to VR Program.

Scholarship Details

This scholarship will cover registration costs for attending the 2021 IEEE VR conference. Funding is available for:

  • Researchers with full papers accepted*
  • Researchers presenting posters
  • Student researchers who are not presenting work but who may benefit academically or professionally from attending the conference

*While funding for researchers with full papers is available, please note that it is more competitive than funding for the other types of applicants.

Application Guidelines

Interested individuals may apply via this form. The information provided by the candidates will be accessible only to the members of the Inclusion, Diversity and Accessibility committee as well as one further jury member from the IEEE VR community. The applicants can request for their information to be corrected or deleted at any time until 31st of May 2021. For this, please write an email to After the 31st of May, candidates’ answers to the three essay questions as well as their institutional/company affiliation will be deleted. Their remaining data will be anonymized and provided to the Inclusion, Diversity and Accessibility committee of future iterations of IEEE VR for statistical purposes.

The deadline for application is the 15th of March 2021. The deadline is 23:59:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth) == GMT/UTC-12:00, no matter where the submitter is located. Recipients of the Scholarship will be informed by the 22nd of March 2021.


This program is an initiative of the 2021 IEEE VR Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The committee can be reached via email at diversity2021 [a]

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