Apply for Special Workshops

Call for Participation in Career Workshops

Every year the International Society of the Learning Sciences, supported by the National Science Foundation, hosts two workshops that target scholars at different points in their academic careers. These are: the Doctoral Consortium and the Early Career Workshop. Financial support from the National Science Foundation allows us to offer these workshops free of charge, but there is limited space for participants. More about these workshops including details about how to apply can be found below.

Important Dates for all Career Workshops:

December 31, 2019 – Deadline for submitting applications
February 15, 2020 – Notification of acceptance
March 15, 2020 – Submission of the final 2-page summary for publication in conference proceedings
June 19 & 20, 2020 – Workshops held (pre-conference)

Doctoral Consortium



Britte Haugan Cheng, Menlo Education Research
A. Susan Jurow, University of Colorado-Boulder

The ICLS 2020 Doctoral Consortium, designed to support the development of doctoral students working in the area of learning sciences, provides an opportunity for participants to share their dissertation research with their peers and a panel of mentors. Participants will engage in conversations and activities designed to help them consider approaches and consequences of their research and ways to position their work in and outside of the field. Our aim is to help doctoral participants to articulate the “how,” the “for what,” the “for whom,” and the “with whom” of their research (Philip, Bang, & Jackson, 2018). To benefit from the Doctoral Consortium, applicants should be advanced graduate students and be at a stage in their dissertation research where the other participants and mentors may be of help in framing their research and writing activities.

Objectives and design

The Doctoral Consortium will offer an inclusive and supportive space for cultivating an international community of emerging scholars to:

  • Reflect on their dissertation research and to identify challenges and issues for discussion and inquiry;
  • Discuss theoretical, methodological, relational, and practical issues of central importance to the learning sciences;
  • Consider potential career pathways (including non-academic pathways) and ways to share their research to increase broader engagement with and impact of our work; and
  • Develop professional relationships with other doctoral students, mentors, and organizers.

Doctoral Consortium activities will run for a day and a half before the full conference. Every effort will be made to partner doctoral student participants with experienced mentors who have shared, relevant interests and forms of expertise. The Doctoral Consortium leaders will organize a variety of ways to engage doctoral students and mentors to work together on research, analysis, writing, and career planning. The design of the workshop will be responsive to students’ needs and questions.

Who Should Apply?

The 2020 Doctoral Consortium is designed to support Ph.D. students who have completed their dissertation proposal (or equivalent), and be at a stage in their work where the consortium participants may be of help in shaping the design, analysis, and/or writing. We suggest that graduate students who are early in their program apply to the consortium in future years and that those who have completed their dissertation apply to the Early Career Workshop. Depending on availability of funds, there may be support to offset some of the cost of accommodation and registration, as well as travel stipends. Applicants who have queries about eligibility or other questions should send email to:

How to Apply?

Participants for the Doctoral Consortium will be selected on the basis of the potential of their dissertation project to refine and/or expand learning sciences theory and methods, including deepening the consequentiality for a broader range of stakeholders and communities. The Doctoral Consortium organizers will review the applications. Please download the specific application requirements here.


Early Career Workshop



Ravit Golan Duncan, Rutgers University, USA
Rogers Hall, Vanderbilt University, USA

The purpose of the ICLS Early Career Workshop is to provide a high quality learning and networking opportunity for early career researchers doing work related to computer-supported collaborative learning and the learning sciences. Within the workshop, participants will share their research with peers and experienced ICLS researchers serving as mentors. Participants will engage in collaborative inquiry and scholarly discourse to improve their research work and prepare for a future career as a Learning Sciences/CSCL researcher. The Early Career Workshop is open to scholars within 5 years of completing their PhD. Early Career Scholars will be chosen through a competitive application process for participation. Accepted participants are expected to provide a two-page summary of their research for inclusion in the ICLS Proceedings. Depending on availability of funds, there may be support to offset some of the costs of accommodation and registration, as well as travel stipends.

Objectives and Design

The workshop aims at supporting participants in:

  • Defining innovative and productive programs of research that lead toward an impressive record of inquiry;
  • Focusing learning on high-yield professional activities such as grant-writing, peer editing, and building a publishing trajectory;
  • Supporting strong data analysis skills and evidence-based arguments in their research projects; and
  • Expanding the professional networks of workshop participants through interactions with other early career scholars, mentors, and journal editors

In the workshop, we will focus on collaborative inquiry and scholarly discourse with peers and a panel of experienced faculty serving as mentors.

Main workshop activities include sharing and discussing current research with peers and mentors and small group career path consultancies with peers and mentors. In addition, we will arrange for meetings with Journal Editors to discuss the writing and reviewing process in Learning Sciences journals including JLS and ijCSCL. Finally, opportunities for group and individual consultation and networking between Early Career Scholars as well as with Doctoral Consortium Scholars and senior colleagues will be arranged. Prior to the workshop, a few preparatory activities are required to enable us to use the time within the workshop as best as possible.

Who Should Apply

The ECW is open to scholars within 5 years since completing their PhD at the time of application submission. Scholars with involvement in Learning Sciences and/or CSCL are encouraged to apply, but all applications will be considered. Participation is open to early career researchers in universities, non-profit organizations, museums, and other learning-oriented organizations. Applicants who have questions about eligibility should contact the workshop co-chairs at:

How to Apply

Participants for the Early Career Workshop will be selected on the basis of the academic quality of their proposal; relevance and potential contribution to the researcher and to the field of Learning Sciences; and their anticipated contribution to the workshop goals. The proposals will be reviewed by at least two international experts in the field. Emphasis will be placed on forming diverse groups of participants whose research career is at a stage that can best benefit from the workshop and who reflect individual excellence, interesting projects, and motivation while at the same time contributing to the workshop objectives and the aggregate diversity of the cohort.

Please download the specific application requirements here.


The conference schedule will be released in detail in spring 2020. The general overview of the schedule is below.

June 19-20 -- Pre-conference workshops

June 20 -- Opening Plenary with Anna Sfard

June 21 -- Keynote presentation with Audrey Watters

June 22 -- Keynote presentation Leigh Patel

June 23 -- Closing ceremony