Apply to attend OpenCon 2016 in Washington, DC (Travel Scholarships Available)

Apply to attend OpenCon 2016 in Washington, DC (Travel Scholarships Available)

Deadline: July 11, 2016

The application process to attend OpenCon 2016 to be held on November 12-14, 2016 in Washington, DC is now open! OpenCon is the conference and community for students and early career professionals interested in advancing Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. Each year, OpenCon brings together a diverse, representative, and engaged group of participants, with travel scholarships available to most participants.

The benefits of applying for OpenCon 2016 extend far beyond attending the Washington, DC 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. OpenCon is organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC, and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers from around the world.

Travel Scholarships

OpenCon seeks to bring together effective, engaged students and early career academic professionals from around the world to advance Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data—regardless of their ability to pay for travel costs. In OpenCon’s first two years, most attendees received full or partial scholarships to attend the conference.

Scholarship funding is available for the following expenses:

  • Travel to and from Washington, DC
  • Accommodation during the nights of the conference (shared room)
  • Participation fee that covers registration and most meals
  • Visa application fee (if needed)

If you are invited and are awarded a scholarship, your invitation will specify which of the above expenses are included. Please note that scholarships will not cover travel to and from the airport, meals that are not provided at the conference, insurance, or other incidental expenses.


  • Open to students of all levels, early career researchers, and young professionals in fields related to scholarly and scientific research (e.g. librarians, advocates, etc).
    • Early career professional is a flexible term and generally means someone within 8-10 years of the beginning of their professional career (i.e. after graduating with their terminal degree). However, don’t let concern over whether you technically qualify as early career stop you from applying!
  • Have interest in advancing Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and a commitment to taking action


  • Visit the application form and enter your e-mail address
  • Click “Start Application” to unlock the form.

Note: Applications are due by Monday July 11 at 11:59pm U.S. Pacific Time.

For more information, visit OpenCon.