I.D.E.A. for a Better Tomorrow Scholarship

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity &  Accessibility

ISMAR 2021 is striving towards an inclusive and accessible environment to encourage conference participation by individuals of all identities and with diverse backgrounds.
We value inclusive diversity in all forms, including but not limited to: age, race, ethnicity, culture, religious beliefs, language, socioeconomic status, citizenship, national origin, physical appearance, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, and physical abilities. We also acknowledge the historical barriers for limiting the access and participation of some groups. It is our belief that a diverse community is important to ensure representation in the development of technology that matters to a global society.

In this context, we invite early career researchers (early professors, graduate students and postdocs) to apply for the 2021 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Scholarship.

Who Should Apply?

Eligible applicants are early-career researchers (early professors, graduate students and postdocs) from underrepresented or historically marginalized groups. These groups may include (but is not exclusive to):

  • 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 ISMAR conference to apply.

*The countries that are eligible to receive a developing countries registration grant are: any country in Latin America, Africa, Asia (excluding developed countries like China, Singapore, Korea and Japan) and the Middle East (excluding Israel, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait). Countries in eastern Europe will also be considered.

Scholarship Details

This year, there are 3 (three) different types of grants, and applicants should apply to them depending on their needs.

  1. Full registration waiver for online attendance;
  2. Full registration waiver for in-person attendance;
  3. Partial registration waiver for in-person attendance;

Application Guidelines

The 2021 IDEA Scholarship Committee will review applications based on eligibility, need, and impact. Given that we have a limited number of grants, you will also need to submit an updated copy of your CV (max 2 pages), briefly describe your background and why you would like to attend the 2021 ISMAR, and briefly explain how this scholarship will help you attend the conference.

Interested individuals may apply via this form.
The deadline for application is August 15, 2021 extended to September 10, 2021. The deadline is 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth, UTC-12:00, no matter where the submitter is located)
Recipients of the Scholarship will be informed by September 05, 2021.

Data Privacy Information

All identifiable information provided by applicants and sign-ups will be accessible only to members of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility  Committee. This information will be used for selection purposes.

After September 10th, all data will be de-identified and anonymized by the Inclusion, Diversity, and Accessibility Committee, with identifying markers being destroyed (deleted). This anonymized data will then be used for planning future iterations of ISMAR for statistical purposes. This anonymized data helps us understand how many applicants to plan for, what countries are underrepresented, the kinds of accessibility resources we need to provide, etc.

Applicants can request for data corrections or for removal of their data from the pool until September 10th by contacting Nayara Faria at .


This program is an initiative of the 2021 ISMAR Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Committee, and supported by the IEEE VGTC. The committee can be reached via email at diversity_chairs@ismar21.org

Support Us!

If you are interested in supporting the Inclusion, Diversity and Accessibility Scholarship Program at 2021 ISMAR, please contact diversity_chairs@ismar21.org