The Early Career Workshop provides an opportunity for researchers early in their careers to discuss their research and early-career challenges with peers and senior mentors and to initiate international networks related to their research topics. Applications are invited from individuals in a variety of early career positions, such as tenure-track, post-doc, private sector or similar.

The goals of this Workshop are to:

  • Foster community building among the cohort of early career researchers and between early and more senior researchers to develop academic, professional, and personal support networks.
  • Deepen participants’ understandings of the elements of successful academic and professional development, including the building of a research program, requirements for tenure and other professional benchmarks, pointers for grant proposal and journal writing, mentoring graduate students, preparation for multidisciplinary and multi-cultural collaborations, and negotiating a balance among institutional service, academic writing, and teaching.


The workshop will run for a day and a half during the pre-conference events — from the morning of June 18th to lunch on June 19th. A significant amount of time will be devoted to small group interactions where early career participants can present their research and receive feedback from peers and mentors. There will also be opportunities for informal interactions with peers and mentors on an impromptu basis and as part of organized social events. Mentors and panelists are mid-career and senior scholars who are active in the CSCL and ISLS communities.

A detailed schedule will be published before the event.


The Early Career workshop is designed for early career researchers within 6 years of receiving the doctorate. Applications are invited from individuals in a variety of early career positions, including, but not limited to, tenure track, post-doc, research track, and industrial research positions. Individuals who completed their doctorate more than 6 years ago but have taken on their first research position in CSCL/LS within the past 5 years are also eligible. Tenure-track faculty members who have submitted their files for promotion or have been promoted/tenured are not eligible.

Application Process

Applicants should submit one document that includes the following five sections:

  • A 2-page summary (using conference formatting) of your research, including theoretical framework, methods you are using, and plans for moving forward.
  • A half-page statement describing how the Early-Career Workshop can be of help to you, including topics for potential panels or discussion at the workshop.
  • A 1-page narrative description of your current position including the type of institution that you work in, and your responsibilities (e.g., teaching, research, mentoring, and committee work).
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • A cover sheet with your name, institution, email address, phone and fax numbers, and postal address.

All the materials should be put in one file (MS Word, RTF, or PDF) and submitted via the online submission system. The 1200 word summary proposal, after it has been accepted, will be disseminated for sharing and interaction with other participants in preparation for the Workshop.

Submission and deadline

The application process will close February 28. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review process mid to late March.