How speakers can apply for financial assistance

23 April 2017

PyCon Australia offers a generous financial assistance programme, so that some attendees and speakers have some -- or in rare cases, all -- of their expenses such as flight, hotel and admission provided to them from the conference budget.

PyCon Australia strongly encourages people to apply for financial assistance -- even if we can’t cover all of your expenses, we will give you free or discounted admission based on need. The application process is simple, and straightforward. It’s also very liberal -- the only caveat is that accepted speakers are given priority so that we don’t lose a good talk because of financial need. We also don’t ban anyone from applying.

Essentially, the financial assistance programme is the PyCon Outreach programme -- it's the community holding up the community and making itself accessible at this major event through these financial grants. It is the very spirit of the conference: make the information, knowledge, friendships and connection available to everyone.

The generous contribution of the Python Software Foundation has helped us in offering this programme. Financial assistance is core to the mission of the PSF -- The mission of the Python Software Foundation is to promote, protect, and advance the Python programming language, and to support and facilitate the growth of a diverse and international community of Python programmers.

If you are submitting a proposal, when creating your Speaker Profile, to apply for  financial assistance you must tick one or both of the boxes that say Travel assistance required and Accommodation assistance required. That is the entire process!

You will be informed about the outcome of your application at the same time as your proposal acceptance.

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If your proposal is not accepted and you wish to apply for financial assistance to attend the conference, you will need to apply through the process for attendees.
If you have any questions about this process, please email us at For non-speakers, keep an eye on the Financial assistance page which will have the latest information about the application process.