Young Scholars Grant

EDEN has always dedicated much attention to involve and motivate future generation of the Open and Distance Learning field, at first offering them visibility by rewarding their achievements. For the recognition of the best papers presented by young researchers, the EDEN Executive Committee decided to launch the Young Scholar Award 6 years ago. Young Scholar Award recognises the academic quality of submissions.

The Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning will support young scholars or teams of young scholars with a grant of 600 Euros for successfully submitting a research paper to be presented at the EDEN 2020 Research Workshop in October.

Eligible for the Young Scholars grants are degree-programme and doctoral students, who individually or in teams submit papers that are originated for the EDEN 2020 Research Workshop and which will be presented by young scholar(s). Teamwork with senior scholars is accepted, however it must be declared that the major part of the paper has been authored by young scholar(s).

Young scholars who apply for the grant will take part in a competition based on evaluation results that follow the standard evaluation criteria for EDEN’s Best Research Paper Award, which are:

(i) the paper deals with a research question;

(ii) rigorous examination/research methods are applied;

(iii) findings, results and outcomes are convincingly presented and critically examined;

(iv) conclusions are thoroughly discussed (including aspects like applicability, transferability, and further research;

(v) literature is reviewed against the state of art.

Decisions about the winners will be made shortly after the deadline for paper submissions and the winners will be informed via the EDEN Secretariat to make their plans for attending the Research Workshop supported by the 600-Euro grant. The grants will be handed out by bank transfer after the Research Workshop.

Young Scholars can indicate their student status and verify it by student ID card at the registration. No specific application is required for the grant.

Ultimately winners of the young scholar(s)’ grants may also become winners of the EDEN Best Research Paper Award.