Confab Equity Scholarship

The Confab Equity Scholarship exists to increase the diversity of voices and perspectives at our events and in the field at large.

Scholarship applications for Confab 2023 are now closed. Join our mailing list to stay in the loop about future opportunities.

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We envision a more diverse, inclusive, equitable field of practice.

Conferences don’t just reflect the communities they represent. They actively shape them.

Brain Traffic founded the Confab Equity Scholarship program to help build a more diverse, inclusive community far beyond our four days together each year. These scholarships allow us to expand the Confab audience to include people whose experiences are marginalized due to systemic oppression and exclusion.

For Confab 2023, we’re seeking organizations to act as sponsors and partners in our equity scholarship program. Learn more about becoming a Confab Equity Scholarship Program sponsor.


You are welcome to apply for a scholarship if you meet one or more of these criteria:

  • You are a Black person
  • You are a person of color
  • You are an Indigenous person
  • You have a disability
  • You identify as LGBTQIA+
  • You are experiencing a financial crisis
  • You can articulate another way you are experiencing inequity

Scholarship coverage

We ask that applicants be as explicit as possible about their needs and expectations to ensure they have a great experience at Confab. Applicants may request any of the following:

  • A free conference pass
  • Free attendance at workshops
  • Lodging at the conference hotel
  • Airfare or other travel costs
  • Childcare
  • Meals or meal stipends
  • Translation services
  • Special seating, AV, or other accommodations for disabilities
  • Other accommodations (please specify in your application)

Selection criteria

We award scholarships based on need, impact, and available funds. If we have more applications than scholarships, a diverse group of reviewers will assist in the selection process.

Apply now

For more information

We aim to make Confab an inclusive place, and we would love for our community to be our accountability partners.

If you have any feedback about our scholarship process, please email scholarship manager Rosie Friedland.

The Confab scholarship felt like a lifeline when my post-pandemic life got really tough going. When I received the news, the pesky question, "Why me?" took on a very different tone. All the messages from Confab organizers gave me a feeling that I – a PTSD single mom from a small, faraway country – really mattered. And that was just the beginning. If I were to describe Confab in one word, it would be inclusion. It radiated from everything: the talks' topics, the star speakers’ demeanor, and the way the space was organized. As for the content itself, the visionary scope of the talks and workshops blew me away. I took a lot of notes, but my main takeaway from Confab is: It's possible to be neurodivergent and a top-notch content designer at the same time. Thank you with all my heart!
Olga Pohl
Content Designer,
Prague, Czech Republic