November 23, 2015

Deadline for IOA 2016 International Scholarship Approaches

The International Ombudsman Association has renewed its offer of financial support to sponsor member(s) or prospective members living outside of the United States and Canada to attend its annual conference in Seattle, Washington, USA, April 10 - 13, 2016.

Scholarship recipients who have not previously taken the basic IOA professional development course “Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman Practice,” will receive complimentary registration. This course will be offered April 8 - 10, just prior to the general sessions.


Through this scholarship initiative, IOA provides greater access for practicing ombuds professionals and other eligible applicants in regions that would greatly benefit from outreach, support and development in the field of ombudsmanry, and from regions where the profession would benefit from greater participation.

Eligibility Criteria

This support is specifically aimed at all members or potential members who work outside the United States and Canada, practice as organizational ombudsmen, and can provide evidence of financial need (i.e. would otherwise not be able to attend the conference). 
Priority will be given to applicants whose participation may be instrumental in the advancement of the organizational ombudsman profession outside of the United States and Canada. Candidates may self-apply or be nominated by another member. Participation of recipients as presenter or panel member during the conference is desirable but not a prerequisite.


Applications will be reviewed by the International Outreach Committee Scholarship Coordinators. Recommendations will then be submitted to the International Outreach Committee for endorsement, and to the Professional Development Committee for information. The International Outreach Committee will determine which applicants will be awarded funding, the maximum amount of expense covered and the form of payment offered.

Depending on the number of recipients, full or partial funding toward travel will be awarded to successful applicant(s) who may also benefit from having the registration fees for the professional development course “Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman Practice” waived, if he/she has not taken it already.


Please submit your application no later than Friday, November 27, 2015, 11:45 pm, Eastern Time.  (IOA Scholarship Application Info.)

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