The main focus of the Open Science Fellow Program is to promote the gradual opening up of science and to further extend the principle of collaborative knowledge production, following the example of Wikipedia. The program aimes at young academics from all disciplines who want to make their own research open.
The theoretical principles behind the themes of free knowledge and open science and their practical applications are discussed as part of the Fellow Program. The goal is to support the fellows and their work with digital resources. They will get to know the methods, processes and tools used to shape open science. In addition, the program offers opportunities for fellows to exchange their views on open science with scientists from various disciplines and get inspiration for their own research.
Over a period of eight months, the fellows will receive personal support from mentors who already use open science in their research. They will serve as dedicated contact partners for the fellows, helping them pursue the goals of their research projects. The fellows will be in regular contact with their mentors, through either individual mentoring or in peer-to-peer mentoring sessions in the form of self-organized working groups. The fellows and mentors will set goals and agree on a course of action at the start of the program to ensure that their collaborative work can be evaluated on an ongoing basis.
As part of the program the fellows receive a sholarship of €5,000. These individual, non-transferrable scholarships give the fellows the freedom and resources they need to carry out their own research projects. The Fellow Program will also reimburse travel and accommodation costs incurred to attend events.
Networking and visibility
The program aims to create more visibility for Open Science within scienctific institutions and communities. thus, open scholarly communication and networking with other activists in the field of Open Science is a central component of the program.