OpenCon 2017 Scholarship Deadline 9/1/17 – Apply Now!

OpenCon 2017 Travel Scholarship Call for Applications

The Emory Scholarly Communications Office is pleased to announce a travel scholarship for OpenCon 2017 ( OpenCon 2017, organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and a committee of student and early career researcher organizations from around the world, is a student and early career researcher conference focused on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.

OpenCon 2017’s three-day program begins with two days of keynotes, panels, and interactive workshops. OpenCon places an emphasis on highlighting diverse, early career voices, while complementing them with leading experts, such as Jimmy Wales (Co-founder of Wikipedia), Amy Rosenbaum (Director of Legislative Affairs to US President Barack Obama), and Julia Reda (Member of the European Parliament). The third day will feature an all-day “do-a-thon,” where participants will have the opportunity to craft new campaigns, lay the foundations for new resources, and form collaborations that will continue long after the November conference is over. OpenCon will convene students and early career academic professionals from around the world and serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation to advance OpenCon’s three focus areas.


Who is eligible for the OpenCon 2017 scholarship?

This scholarship opportunity is open to current Emory University graduate and undergraduate students as well as early career researchers currently employed by Emory University. Early career researchers are generally within the first 5-10 years of their professional career (i.e. after graduating with their terminal degree).


What are the commitments associated with the OpenCon 2017 scholarship?

  • Complete application by deadline (September 1, 2017)
  • Attend OpenCon 2017 November 11-13, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.
  • Before OpenCon 2017:
    • Meet with the Scholarly Communications Office in September 2017 to discuss scholarship requirements and logistics
    • Work with the Scholarly Communications Office in the coordination of events for Open Access Week 2017 (October 22-28, 2017)
    • Participate in pre-conference calls and webinars planned by OpenCon 2017 organizers
  • After OpenCon 2017:
    • Write at least one blog post about your experience for the Scholarly Communications Office blog to be published no later than December 1, 2017
    • Serve as the Spring 2018 Scholarly Communications Associate
      • The Emory OpenCon Travel Scholarship recipient as receives the title of Spring 2018 Scholarly Communications Associate. The Fellow will work with the Scholarly Communications Office to develop a campus project based on their participation at OpenCon 2017. Potential projects could include exhibitions, events, marketing campaigns, etc. related to promoting open access, open education, and/or open data on Emory’s campus. The Scholarly Communications Associate will be financially compensated for this work.
      • Schedule: 2 hours per week for spring semester 2018


When and Where?

OpenCon 2017 will be held in Berlin, Germany, November 11-13, 2017.


Travel scholarship recipient will receive:

  • Guaranteed spot at OpenCon 2017
  • Travel expenses, accommodations (shared room), and conference registration fees (incidentals not included)
  • A better understanding of Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data


Application Details

To apply for the Emory University OpenCon 2017 travel scholarship, complete the online application.

Please send questions to scholcomm [at] listserv [dot] cc [dot] emory [dot] edu.


When is the application due?

Please submit your application by Friday, September 1, 2017 at 5 pm (EST). Your application will be reviewed by a selection committee, and you will be notified of the status of your acceptance by Friday, September 8, 2017.


Would you like to know more about the travel scholarship and/or OpenCon 2017?

Contact the Emory Scholarly Communications Office at scholcomm [at] listserv [dot] cc [dot] emory [dot] edu for additional information about this travel scholarship opportunity. For more information about OpenCon 2017 visit: