Think Open Fellowship

Sponsored by the University of Idaho Library

Call for Applications

Think Open Fellowships are designed to support faculty in adopting Open Educational Resources (OERs) in the courses they teach. The Think Open Fellowship program is intended to reduce barriers to student success by supporting the use of low or no‐cost course materials in place of traditional textbooks. The program’s goal is to improve student success by adopting, creating, and using open educational resources at the University of Idaho. To date Think Open Fellows have saved University of Idaho students over $250,000.


Faculty and Graduate Students with teaching appointments are eligible for awards of $1,200 to support the transition of an upcoming University of Idaho course to open materials.

Think Open Fellows are required to:

  • Commit to using an open textbook or affordable alternative (total costs less than $30) for a course happening in Fall 2020, Spring 2020, or Fall 2021 that currently uses a traditional publisher’s textbook.

  • Agree to share the resources and content they create on the Think Open OER Commons group.

  • Work closely with the Open Education Librarian to identify and create open educational resources.

  • Deliver a syllabus that uses only open or other low-cost materials (less than $30 total).

Faculty teaching high enrollment courses are especially encouraged to apply, as well as those hoping to center historically marginalized perspectives in their curriculums.

Fellows will be notified in early June. Fellowship work will take place starting August 2020, with a flexible start date for those who need to undertake their work in the summer.

For questions contact Marco Seiferle-Valencia, Open Education Librarian,