OpenCon 2018 applications are open for VT graduate students!


The University Libraries and the Graduate School are pleased to sponsor a travel scholarship to OpenCon 2018 for a Virginia Tech graduate student. The recipient will learn about open access, open data, and open educational resources, network and collaborate with others, and will write a short report about their OpenCon experience (see past reports here). The application deadline is midnight on September 10, and the recipient will be announced on September 14. We look forward to hearing about your interest and experiences with openness!

OpenCon is the conference and community for students and early career professionals interested in advancing Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. OpenCon 2018 will be held on November 2-4 in Toronto, Canada. Each year, OpenCon brings together a diverse, representative, and engaged group of participants, with travel scholarships available to most participants. For this reason, attendance at OpenCon 2018 is by application only.

The benefits of applying for OpenCon 2018 extend far beyond attending the Toronto meeting. It’s an opportunity to find collaborators, get connected with scholarships to attend related conferences, and be recognized by the community for the work you do to promote Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. To find out more about OpenCon and our issue areas before applying, click here.

Application Instructions

Complete the form below to apply for OpenCon 2018. First, enter your email address to unlock the rest of the questions. Once you begin, you can save your progress at any time by clicking “Save for Later” at the bottom of the form. You will then be sent an email with a secure link that you may use to resume your application later. All questions are required unless otherwise noted, and incomplete drafts will be considered final as of the relevant deadline.

Information you provide through this form is subject to the OpenCon Privacy Policy. Questions marked with a caret (^) will be released as de-identified Open Data, and you will have the option to give OpenCon additional permissions at the end of the form. Please visit our FAQ for further information.

If you already submitted an application for OpenCon 2018 during our general application period (which ended on July 13) and wish to also have your application considered for a sponsored scholarship, please DO NOT re-submit your application. See further instructions here.

In order to apply, register HERE.

Thanks, and good luck with your application!