2021 Scholarships

2021 Application

Dear Scholarship Applicant,

Welcome to the 2021 BurlyCon Scholarship Application! This application consists of two short and specific essay questions, a question about education and a space for you to tell us more about yourself. We want to know what burlesque and the burlesque community mean to you, and what you wish to bring to that community.

A bit of housekeeping before you begin:

All information collected is confidential. Please note that the information you provide here is what we use to notify you of your award status, so make sure it’s entered correctly it before submitting your application.

If you have any questions, you can reach us at scholarship@burlycon.org.

We look forward to reading your submission!

Our Best to You,

-The BurlyCon Scholarship Committee

Payment Plan or Pay What You Can?


* Applications submitted after October 13th will not be accepted.

* Application review begins after the application period in ongoing during Virtual BurlyCon.

* All applicants will be notified of their final award status within 1 month of submission.

* Any applicant not accepted for a Pod will not need to re-apply. We will keep applications through October 13th and notify applicants of their award for the second or third BurlyCon.

By clicking submit, I:

attest that all the above information is true agree to the terms of my potential scholarship agree to give my scholarship back to BurlyCon if my circumstances change between the date of my application and October 13th, so BurlyCon may award it to someone on the scholarship waitlist.

Scholarship Notes

This year, we have a total of six BurlyCon Scholarships available per BurlyCon Pod.  There will be three BurlyPods in 2021.  Each person awarded a scholarship will be able to use their scholarship for the one upcoming BurlyCon Pod or BurlyPod.  

Application opens February 22nd and close October 13th.

No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

Notifications will be sent out within 1 month of receipt of application.

All information collected is confidential. The names of the scholarship winners will not be published or posted to the public without the express written permission of the awardees.

BurlyCon Scholarship Program

The BurlyCon Scholarship Program is an important part of fulfilling our values and deepening our community outreach. It’s our goal to make BurlyCon accessible, and we’re committed to providing opportunities for those who might not otherwise be able to attend our conference. Should an applicant not be awarded a scholarship, BurlyCon also offers a variety of volunteer opportunities and installment payment plans.

BurlyCon values and celebrates diversity. Our selection committee is committed to feature applicants that reflect our community.

Scholarship applications are carefully considered by a diverse scholarship committee of BurlyCon directors and steering committee members. We weigh all factors presented in the application, including financial circumstances impacted by employment status, medical needs, and distance to travel to the convention; the potential gain the applicant would receive because of access to the convention; applicant’s distance from urban hubs; and what the applicant’s work and passion contributes to the larger burlesque community. We prioritize individuals who have experienced specific challenges building burlesque community.

Statistically and historically our scholarships are awarded as follows:

14% Differently Abled

61% POC


32% Non-USA recipients

68% USA recipients

Keep in mind that scholarships are available to anyone with a body (including previous presenters and committee).