Information for attendees

Information for attendees


Thank you for your interest and support in the 18th World Sanskrit Conference (WSC 2021), scheduled for 18-22 January 2021. Unfortunately, given the continued COVID-19 situation, and the uncertainty regarding international travel to Australia in early 2021, the Organising Committee has made the difficult decision to postpone WSC 2021 for 12 months. The new scheduled dates are 10-14 January 2022, in Canberra, Australia


The Visit Canberra website is full of information about what’s on, and what to see and do.


During the month of January, which is Summer in Australia, Canberra’s days are sunny and bright. Daytime maximum temperature is around 29˚C, with overnight lows of around 13˚C


Many international passport holders will require a visa to enter Australia. Please visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website for further information, and to apply for a visa. Please note that it can take some time for a visa application to be processed.


WSC 2021 Key Dates and Deadlines

Note that these dates are subject to change.

Individual speakers and titles of papers accepted for presentation at WSC 2021 will be announced through the conference website in late 2020.

Special panel proposal deadline – 30 June 2019 – CLOSED
Special panel notification – 30 September 2019 – CLOSED
Second circular and call for abstracts for special panels – 31 October 2019 – CLOSED
Third circular and registration opens – 31 January 2020
Individual paper abstract deadline – 31 March 2020
Notify presenters of abstract acceptance – 30 June 2020
Presenters confirm attendance – 31 July 2020
Early bird registration closes – 31 August 2020
Final registration for presenters – 30 September 2020

Fourth circular – 31 October 2020
Conference opens – 18 January 2021
Conference excursions – 20 January 2021
Conference ends – 22 January 2021

All participants who plan to present a paper must pay their registration fee by 30 September 2020, or their paper will be cancelled. Last minute registration will be available only for non-presenting participants and guests.

Travel and Visa Arrangements

We urge participants to make their travel arrangements as early as possible to minimise costs. In addition, participants should familiarise themselves with any visa requirements that they might have for entering Australia.

The Organising Committee cannot offer personal assistance or advice on how to secure the appropriate Australian visa, since the process differs widely from country to country. For more information and guidance, please consult the Australian Government’s official website ( and contact your local Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate for specific instructions as early as possible. The time required for securing a visa can be unpredictable and may be as long as several months.

As soon as your abstract has been accepted, we will be able to provide a letter of confirmation to help you secure your visa or travel funds.

After you register, we will send the Australian government your details to facilitate visa applications. For this purpose, participants will need to supply country of passport, passport number, full name (as in their passport), date of birth, gender, current country of residence, and contact details (i.e., email, telephone, address) when registering.

Sorry, No Travel Grants

Travel to Australia is expensive, particularly for scholars coming from South or Southeast Asia, and we are making every effort to keep costs down. However, we regret the WSC cannot offer travel assistance. Participants should seek travel assistance, grants or bursaries from their home institutions or from governmental or international granting agencies.

Student Prize

In the spirit of the conference theme, ‘Future Directions’, and spurred by our shared desire to encourage and support emerging scholars in whose hands the future lies, we will be awarding a prize for the most outstanding presentation by a currently enrolled Masters or PhD student. We will be inviting section convenors to nominate suitable candidates.

International Association of Sanskrit Studies

Conference Venue

About Canberra

Canberra is the capital city of Australia. It is situated inland between the cities of Sydney and Melbourne, within the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) which is surrounded by New South Wales (NSW).