Sustaining the Knowledge Commons: doctoral student funding opportunity

Posted on Friday, April 15, 2016

The vision of Sustaining the Knowledge Commons (SKC) is a fully open access scholarly communication ecosystem, one that is free to prioritize the public good and the advancement of the collective knowledge of humankind per se. Thanks to a generous SSHRC Insight Grant for 2016-2021, SKC has some funds for a doctoral student to work in this area. I (Heather Morrison) am the Principal Investigator, and an Assistant Professor with the University of Ottawa's School of Information Studies that offers a unique bilingual Masters of Information Studies (MIS). I am also cross-appointed to the Department of Communication that is opening a new, innovative bilingual doctorate in communication this September. The deadline for Canadian students to apply for this program is May 15, 2016.

This opportunity would be a great fit for potential students who have done an open access or scholarly communication oriented master's thesis and/or have relevant work experience (e.g. libraries, publishing). The funding would be up to $12,000 annually, in the form of a bursary or research assistantship based on two semesters work' of 10 hours per week for 13 weeks. This funding can be combined with other sources of funding and is renewable annually for up to 5 years (starting September 2016), subject to availability of funds and satisfactory progress in the PhD.

To learn more about Sustaining the Knowledge Commons, visit the open research blog sustainingknowledgecommons.org and the OA APC dataverse http://dataverse.scholarsportal.info/dvn/dv/oaapc

About the program: uO’s new PhD in communication:

To apply for the doctoral program: the application deadline has been extended to May 15. Further information and a link to the online application form is available through the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Graduate Studies: https://www.uottawa.ca/graduate-studies/ Please indicate your interest and how your proposed research would fit with Sustaining the Knowledge Commons.

Questions about Sustaining the Knowledge Commons and this funding opportunity should be directed to:  Heather.Morrison@uottawa.ca. Please include information about your background and interests relevant to SKC

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