IAIA Conference Inclusiveness Bursary Program

Financial support for attending IAIA22 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.




Application Deadline:  7 March 2022


To apply: Complete the application form at the bottom of this page.


The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) is committed to global leadership to advance best practice in all forms of impact assessment via our network of members and practitioners.  We deeply value equitable and sustainable development and the right of citizens to have a voice in the decisions that affect them.  For those reasons, IAIA created the Conference Inclusiveness Bursary.  We are now accepting applications for a limited number of bursaries to be awarded to representatives who identify as Indigenous persons, members of affected communities, and persons from under-represented populations or least developed countries (LDCs) to attend IAIA22. It is IAIA's hope that these bursaries will help the marginalized, vulnerable, or disadvantaged to be able to build their knowledge and capacity to lead or participate in impact assessments by attending our annual conference. In addition, we hope their insights, knowledge, and experience will be shared with other delegates at the event and thus enrich the conference experience for all.


Note: Due to the generosity of the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, IAIA is able to offer additional bursaries to representatives of Canadian Indigenous groups. Please review the criteria and complete the bursary application form below.


A successful applicant must meet the following criteria:
  • Identify as an Indigenous person, a member of an affected community, and/or a person from an under-represented population or a least developed country (LDC).
  • Have contributed to his/her community in the past.
  • Have a strong economic need for the bursary.
  • Be fluent in English.

If you are not sure if you qualify, feel free to contact kayla@iaia.org for more information.


  • Hold a form of related education or community-related experience.
  • Interaction or experience within the realm of impact assessment, such as comment or discussion on a past or existing project.
  • While all global applications will be considered, preference may be given to local applicants in British Columbia and surrounding regions.
  • Have a compelling case for how attendance at an IAIA conference would assist his/her community.


  • Selection will consider compliance to all above mentioned criteria, as well as the additional requirements listed here.
  • Applicants must complete and submit an application by 7 March 2022.
  • If not from Canada, recipients must have valid passports and must obtain and pay for all necessary visas in a timely manner (if necessary).
  • Recipients must meet all requirements set by the Canadian federal, provincial, and/or local government for entry (i.e. vaccination requirements, etc.).
  • Recipients will purchase local travel insurance.
  • Recipients will be expected to attend IAIA22 in its entirety, remaining in Vancouver, BC, Canada from approximately 4 - 7 May 2022.
  • The recipients shall submit comments and evaluations of the value of his/her conference participation to IAIA, as requested.


Each bursary May include:
  • Conference registration fee
  • Conference banquet ticket
  • Training course (2-3 May)
  • Single accommodations (6-8 nights)
  • Economical travel expenses (flight, mileage, etc.)
  • Carbon offsets
  • Per diem
  • Visa fee reimbursement
  • Travel insurance reimbursement
  • Complimentary three-year IAIA membership


A note about COVID-19

Visitors are currently required to be fully vaccinated with one of the approved vaccines to enter Canada.  You will find the most updated information on the Government of Canada's website (COVID-19: Travel, testing, quarantine and borders - Travel.gc.ca). If stipend recipients are unable to travel next spring to IAIA22, they will be given online access to the annual conference instead of an in-person stipend.



Complete the form below no later than 7 March 2022.


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