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Decipher Equity Scholarships

March 20, 2018 / By aigaeducators

Have you heard about Decipher yet? It is an engaging and synergistic design research conference we are planning for September 27–29 with our colleagues at the new Design as Research in the Americas (DARIA) Network. It will be hosted by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at University of Michigan.

In order to grow and strengthen our design research community, we must have a variety of voices at Decipher. Together, the Design Educators Community, DARIA, and Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design want to ensure that this conference is informed and enriched by people of diverse backgrounds.

We are also excited to announce that the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design will provide ten $1,000 equity scholarships to actively support more diverse participation at Decipher.

Faculty and graduate students who identify as members of underrepresented groups (see list below), have interest in pursuing design research, and who submit successful conference proposals are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Candidates will be selected to attend Decipher, the 2018 Design Educators Research Conference at Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan, September 27–29, 2018.

Scholarships include conference registration, and up to $1,000 toward lodging at the conference hotel and travel to and from Ann Arbor.

Decipher Equity Scholarship applicants should identify as a member of one or more of these underrepresented groups:

  • Indigenous people of North America
  • Asian
  • Black/African American
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Middle Eastern and/or North African
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • Rural
  • First generation college-bound
  • Historically-underrepresented or other non-traditional groups in higher education


Following acceptance of their conference proposals, scholarship applicants will need to prepare a personal statement, complete an online submission form, and request a letter of recommendation. Please see the Call for Participation for full details.

Scholarship questions: (at) umich (dot) edu

General questions: decipher2018 (at) umich (dot) edu

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