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The WFOT needs your help to support occupational therapists to attend the WFOT Congress in Paris in August 2022. WFOT supports the rights of occupational therapists to engage in continuing professional development and global networking regardless of where they live in the world. Attending the WFOT Congress creates opportunities to network with international colleagues, share expertise with the international community and disseminate learning and new knowledge with professional community back at home. Cultural and professional connections can be formed to strengthen the professional global community and promote long lasting collaborations.
However, in reality it is not always possible for occupational therapists working in low and middle income countries or those on low incomes to attend, and thus WFOT is committed to facilitating ways to reduce these financial barriers. For example, WFOT has a tiered WFOT Congress registration fee structure, and has established the Congress Grants Programme which supported 20 attendees to attend the 2018 WFOT Congress.
The aims of the Congress Grants Programme are to:
The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) International Congress is held every four years and brings together occupational therapists, assistants and students from across the globe to develop professional fellowship, exchange technical and scientific information to promote high standards of occupational therapy practice, research and education worldwide.
The 2022 Congress will feature unique social events, local tours, an extensive exhibition and programme of expert presentations on the 2022 theme “Occupational R-Evolution”.
The Congress Grants Programme was established in order to provide occupational therapists experiencing financial difficulties with the opportunity to attend the International Congress.
Although WFOT has limited access to funds, each year a range of groups, associations and individuals have come forward to raise funds for the Grants Programme to assist attendees who otherwise may not have the opportunity to attend the International Congress.
Previous recipients have come from around the world to attend the International Congress, and had the opportunity to network with international colleagues, to share their expertise with the international community and share their learning and new knowledge with their professional community back at home.
Although the 2022 Congress will offer virtual attendance options, it is hoped that, where possible, all grant recipients will be able to travel to Paris and attend the Congress in person, in order to offer the most engaging and immersive Congress experience.
Full grants will include a full Congress registration, including the welcome reception, and support towards travel and accommodation costs. If intending to attend virtually, grants will include a full virtual Congress registration. Partial grants may be provided to give some assistance towards Congress costs.
Before applying carefully consider the questions below and review the Selection Criteria and Terms and Conditions.
Closing date to apply for a Congress grant: Monday 20 September 2021
Notification Date: November 2021
A WFOT Congress 2022 Grants Committee has been established to assess each Grant application, taking into account the available funds. Full grants are made to cover costs for attendance at the Congress. Partial funding may be provided to assist in partial subsidy of Congress costs. Grants will be assigned to suitable applicants based on fulfilment of certain conditions, which form the selection criteria below:
Grant applications have now closed. Thank you to all who submitted an application. Notification on the outcome will be sent in November.