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Bursary applications are closed

Closing date: 12 April 2024, 5PM SAST
Bursaries are an important mechanism for the SVRI to ensure justice, and foster equity, diversity and inclusion at the Forum.

Notice on submissions

SVRI Forum 2024 has received a record number of bursary applications. Please note that we are unable to accept late applications. Outcomes of bursaries will be shared via email end May/early June 2024.

A limited number of SVRI Forum 2024 bursaries are available for researchers, practitioners, activists, and others working on VAW and VAC, who may not be able to attend without financial support. Bursary applications are currently under review.

What will the bursary cover?

The bursary includes:

  • Conference registration.
  • Return flight (most affordable economy class ticket).
  • Return shuttle from the airport to your hotel in Cape Town.
  • 5 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included.

The bursary does not cover:

  • Airport transfers in your own country.
  • Pre-conference workshops.
  • Personal expenses such as immunizations, gifts, laundry service, food purchased while travelling will be for your own cost.
  • A small per diem to cover meals not included by the conference registration and provided through the accommodation.
  • Visa application costs. Please note that visa costs are not covered but can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Types of bursaries

SVRI Forum Young Professionals Programme

The SVRI Forum Young Professionals Programme provides young researchers  and practitioners from low- and middle-income countries with mentoring and feedback on their conference presentations prior to the Forum by pairing them with a more experienced researcher/practitioner as a mentor.

“The growth from discussions with my mentor was immense. I really learnt a lot on how to present information in a comprehensible way.”

~ SVRI Forum 2022 Young Professionals Programme Bursary Recipient

Open Bursaries

Full or partial bursaries may also become available. Open Bursaries are open to people working on violence against women, violence against children, and other forms of violence driven by gender inequality. People from low and middle income countries who had their abstracts accepted for presentation will be prioritised.

“I received a full bursary to attend the SVRI Forum 2022 to present my PhD research; complemented with an additional bursary for someone to accompany me… SVRI 2019 was accessible, but the 2022 Forum takes the cake. Which conference provides a wheelchair service?! …This enabled me to experience the full benefit of the conference. What an amazing act of inclusion!”

~ SVRI Forum 2022 Bursary Recipient

Selection criteria 

The applicant:

  • is working on/or researching violence against children, violence against women, and other forms of gender-based violence.
  • is based in a LMICs. Please note that a small number of bursaries may be available for high income country applicants.
  • provides a compelling motivation for attending the SVRI Forum 2024.
  • has valid travel documents.
  • has had their abstract accepted for presentation at SVRI Forum 2024.
  • has not received a bursary from the SVRI previously.
  • submitted a short CV and letter of support from the applicant’s organisation/institution where the applicant is working/studying.
  • is willing to act as SVRI Forum Ambassadors, i.e., engage in writing blogs, and other Forum communication related activities.

What is expected of bursary delegates?

Before the SVRI Forum

  • Bursary recipients must have valid travel documents and are responsible for obtaining appropriate travel approvals to attend the conference.
  • Bursary recipients may be held liable for any/all expense incurred if awardee does not attend the conference. Cancellations must be communicated one month before the event to avoid liability costs.
  • Priority will be given to applicants from low- and middle-income countries who will not be able to otherwise attend the Forum.

During the SVRI Forum

  • Bursary recipients will be required to attend an opening meet and greet. More information will be provided by the SVRI.
  • Bursary recipients will be required to act as SVRI Forum Ambassadors through live tweeting of sessions, and sharing posts and photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. A social media plan will be shared prior to the event.
  • Bursary recipients will be asked to provide a blog post of their learning and experience at the SVRI Forum 2024 and provide a short-written summary of one or two parallel sessions at the Forum. SVRI will communicate directly with you in this regard.
  • Bursary recipients will receive Standards of Behaviour for the conference and will be expected to honour this.

Sponsorship and Partnership Opportunities

If you would like to partner with the SVRI Forum 2024, please contact us for more on sponsorship and partnership opportunities.

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