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ISLS Conference Travel Scholarship 2020

The goal of the ISLS conference travel scholarship is to support scientists in the field of the learning sciences who live and work in regions of the world that are not represented at our annual conferences (i.e., ICLS and CSCL) to attend the conference. At the moment, we have significant gaps in membership from African, and Central and South American countries. We also have underrepresentation in some southern European countries where we know that learning sciences programs exist. ISLS will put its priority on the support for scientists from the underrepresented regions. However, the society will also consider the possibility of the support for scientists who may be affected by conditions that make their travels difficult to the conference site, if the funding is available.

To increase the diversity of the Society’s membership, we are soliciting applications for a conference scholarship to be awarded to successful applicants in the amount of $500 - $1500.

Applicants are asked to submit a 2-page electronic document that fulfills the criteria listed below as well as a current CV.

The application process will open February 11, 2020 and close March 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified of the result of their application by March 22, 2020.

The 2-page application should include:

  1. Proof that the applicant has submitted a conference proposal as an author or co-author, and/or show that they are a graduate student, faculty member, or professional in a learning sciences research organization who has not attended an ISLS conference in the past. Proof of proposal submission can be in the form of an email response appended to the 2-page application. Proof that the applicant is part of a learning sciences research organization who has not attended this conference in the past can be in the form of a short letter from the student’s advisor or from a faculty member’s department chair appended to the 2-page application.
  2. A description of the applicant’s geographic location as being underrepresented in participation in ISLS conferences (e.g., South and Central America including Mexico, and Africa). Applicants who currently live and work in such a place will be given priority, but others in another circumstance described under #3 will also be considered.
  3. Explanation of need for travel funds, e.g., few travel resources from the applicant’s underrepresented home institution, cost of travel, policy issue, etc.
  4. Information about how the conference attendance will impact the applicant’s ongoing research and professional work. For example:
    1. The applicant’s research focus and how it is related to the learning sciences
    2. Interest in meeting other learning scientists to network and grow academically
  5. A plan for the applicant to disseminate what they learned at the conference in their local community. How will what is learned at the conference be disseminated, e.g., with local course participants, informal seminars, or reports to their research group?

Please submit your application package to no later than midnight (applicant’s local time) March 1, 2020. Please put “ISLS Travel Scholarship” in the subject line of the email.

For further inquiries, please send correspondence to Jun Oshima at

ISLS Membership Committee
February 6, 2020

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