Apply now! Open Knowledge Fellowship

We are deeply excited to share that the Mina Rees Library will host its 10th cohort of the Open Knowledge Fellowship in Spring 2024. This 6-session program includes a stipend of $2000, paid via Financial Aid in Spring 2024.

All fully enrolled students are encouraged to apply – this opportunity is open to Graduate Center students in PhD or MA programs, who will be teaching at CUNY in either Spring or Fall 2024 (see full eligibility requirements below).

Apply by January 24th, 2024 at 5:00pm EST!

What is the Open Knowledge Fellowship? Read below for details, and see our series of short essay reflections from former Fellows. Many past participants have completed ambitious, creative projects, including Annotated Open Resource Guides, openly licensed textbooks, extensive course sites, and more!

If you have any questions about how to apply or what the program entails, feel free to reach out:

An Overview: Dates & Times

6 sessions: February 7, 14, 21, 28 | March 6, 13

In Person: Wednesdays from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Eligibility Requirements: GC doctoral or MA students who will be teaching at CUNY in Spring 2024 or Fall 2024. Participants must be fully enrolled in Spring 2024 to receive the $2000 stipend, paid via Financial Aid. Full enrollment for doctoral students is 7 credits or weighed instruction units (WIUs); for MA students, 9 credits.

What will happen during the Open Knowledge Fellowship?

The Fellowship provides interactive training by Graduate Center library faculty on how to find and implement openly licensed resources for the course you teach. Often referred to as Open Educational Resources (OER), these may include textbooks, lab manuals, ancillary materials, videos. We’ll talk about Open Access (OA) scholarship, how to locate high-quality journal articles that are freely available online, and how to more effectively navigate the scholarly landscape in your field.

By the end of the Fellowship, you will have:

– Adapted the syllabus for the course you will be teaching at CUNY in 2024, so that it consists entirely of cost-free materials. This results in huge savings for CUNY undergraduate students, estimated to be millions of saved dollars across the University through OER programming.

– Voiced and further developed a critical and informed perspective about economic/political issues in scholarly publishing that connects to your field of study.

–  Facility with identifying materials that are under copyright, and issued with Creative Commons licenses.

– Created a set of unique strategies for inviting students into the creation of open resources, centered around the goals for your course!

We’re excited to potentially work with you. 

Apply by January 24th, 2024 at 5:00pm EST!

About the Author

Elvis Bakaitis is currently the Head of Reference at the Mina Rees Library. They're also proud to serve on the University LGBTQ Council, and as a board member of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies.