The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Family Care and Diversity & Inclusion


Waivers, Grants and Scholarships

The OFC co-sponsors believe in encouraging a diverse and expansive conference attendance, which means minimizing potential barriers due to financial concerns or family obligations. OFC offers the following opportunities for financial support.

Waived Registrations
Application Deadline: 4 February 2019

OFC co-sponsors are offering a maximum of 75 waived full conference registrations for women to attend OFC. To qualify, applicants must be a member of either IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Photonics Society or The Optical Society.

You must be a first-time attendee (defined as having not attended as a full conference registrant since OFC 2014). Paper presenters are not eligible.

Complete an application.


Women in Optical Communications: Travel Grants
Application Deadline: 20 December 2018

The OSA Foundation is pleased to announce the Corning Travel Grants for Women. These need-based grants are available for women who are currently graduate students, working as post-docs, or within the first five years of their career. These grants are intended for use to defray travel costs to OFC.

Applicants must be a woman currently enrolled as a graduate student, working as a post-doc, or in the first 1-5 years of your career; and demonstrate the need for travel assistance.

This is not intended to replace standard forms of support, but rather to provide full or supplemental support to someone who might be covering expenses out of her own pocket.

Complete an application.


Women in Optical Communications Scholarships
Application Deadline: 20 December 2018

The OSA Foundation and Corning, Inc. offer the Women in Optical Communications Scholarship. This scholarship is a merit-based prize recognizing outstanding women graduate students studying optical communications and networking.

Three US$ 3,000 scholarships will be distributed annually to supplement tuition, mandatory fees and other expenses. Additionally, recipients will receive up to US $ 2,000 in travel expenses, housing and registration fees to attend OFC — where they will be recognized.

Applicants must be a woman currently enrolled as a graduate student at a university; have a field of study/research focusing on optical components, devices and fiber, networks, applications and access OR photonic systems and subsystems. In addition, applicants must have demonstrated academic excellence (confirmed by GPA, publications, references, and other awards/merits).

Complete an application.


Family Care Grant
Application Deadline: 18 February 2019

Grants of up to US$ 400 are available to OFC attendees who need care for a family member onsite or who incur additional expenses due to leaving dependents at home (e.g., babysitting, elder care).

Allowable Expenses
This includes care providers (onsite at the conference location or expenses for additional family care at home) and/or airfare/hotel for a caregiver to accompany the family member to the conference location. Normal family care expenses (e.g., nanny, babysitter, after-school care, nurse, etc.) not related to OFC attendance are not eligible for reimbursement.

Grant recipients are responsible for their choice of care provider. OFC and its sponsors do not endorse any care providers. Grant funding is limited and funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Recipients will be notified no later than two weeks prior to the start of conference. Receipts and reimbursement forms for grant recipients are due no later than 22 March 2019.

Complete an application.
Questions: Jen Mehltretter, The Optical Society,

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