GDC 2021 Scholarship

May 5, 2021

Anita He

Application deadline: Monday, May 17th 11:59 PM PST.

In accordance with our mission to empower game developers from backgrounds of historic marginalization, Friendship Garden Game Developers will award five Game Developers Conference “Core + Summit” level passes to game developers who may be otherwise unable to afford to attend. GDC 2021 will be held virtually from July 19-23, 2021. For more information about GDC, visit 

Application is open to all, although to align with our mission, preference will be given to individuals whose race, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, or religion are mis- or underrepresented in video games.

Applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application via email within the week the form closes. Participants selected to receive the scholarship must accept or decline via the scholarship acceptance survey link within 3 days of receiving the notification email.


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This application form requests personal information. Information shared with Friendship Garden Game Developers via this form can be used for the following purposes: to select program participants, anonymous reporting on recipient demographics, to contact recipients, and to post on social media (only the headshot will be used for this). Please only submit information you are comfortable sharing and having used in the aforementioned ways. Answers submitted will only be accessed by the selection committee, which is made up of the Friendship Garden Board of Directors. If you have questions or would like to withdraw and delete your application at any time, please email

If selected for this program you acknowledge the following: You will attend at least 4 of the 5 days of GDC. Recipients are required to register themselves with the registration code, they will not automatically be registered. If a Letter of Invitation is required for a recipient, it can be requested after their registration is complete. Standard cancellation policies apply – any previously purchased passes will not be refunded. Registration codes are for passes only; no travel costs, or any other expenses, will be covered by GDC. Passes are non-transferable. The value of the “Core + Summits” pass scholarship can be applied toward an upgraded pass – the recipient is responsible for paying the difference in prices at the prevailing rate.

Thank you for your time, and we are excited to see you at GDC!

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