Apereo Dolphin Fellows

In 2022, the Open Apereo Planning Committee reviewed the fellowships and updated the program to:

  1. Hone the fellowships to more closely resemble traditional academic fellowships within Apereo communities, projects, and values. 
  2. Emphasize the importance of fellows' commitment to future work within the Apereo communities but especially during the tenure of their fellowship.
  3. Encourage individuals to apply for fellowships themselves rather than be nominated by others (although both are possible). 
  4. Recognize founding Apereo Executive Director Ian Dolphin by naming the Apereo Fellowships and Awards in his honor.

Please visit the Apereo Dolphin Awards page for more information on the other three award categories.

Anyone within the Apereo Community may apply for one of the four annual fellowships. Applications should be merit-based, describing how the applicant has contributed to one of the many areas of Apereo's mission and community, and how the support from a fellowship will contribute to future development activities and objectives. The nomination period is open from January to April.


A fellowship application should focus on what the applicant has accomplished in the community and what they propose to accomplish during the one-year fellowship period (June/July to June/July). Past contributions are not required, but evidence of prior commitment and contributions is often a good indicator of future engagement.

The Fellows Program recognizes individual contributors, not organizations. Fellows are not required to work at or be associated with an Apereo Foundation member organization (e.g., university, commercial affiliate, etc.).

Possible areas of contribution include:

  • Technology activities such as software development, user experience (e.g., interface design, accessibility), implementation and administration, project or product management, etc.,
  • Community management around conference planning, advocacy, evangelism, governance and planning, leadership, etc.
  • Teaching and learning, such as pedagogy, course and content development, program management, etc.

Contributors participating actively in any of the various Apereo software communities and communities of interest, as well as those working on projects under Apereo incubation programs, are eligible to apply subject to the following limitations:

  • Those who have received an Apereo Award or Fellowship within the past three years will not be considered for a fellowship (see list of prior winners below).
  • Apereo Board members and Apereo staff are also not eligible.


The Apereo Board of Directors shall review and award four fellowships annually. The Board's decision is final.


Recipients of an Apereo's Dolphin Fellowship shall receive:

  • A certificate of recognition.
  • A special "swag bag" related to the award.
  • A cash award of US $599.00 (Non-US based recipients will be subject to Federal US tax withholding of 30% unless all requirements are met, according to our Vendor Policies page. Contact accounting@apereo.org with any questions.)
  • Registration to the following year’s Open Apereo conference.
  • Up to US $1,500 toward Apereo-related conferences and event travel expenses, such as:
    • Travel and accommodation for the following year's Open Apereo Conference (airfare/baggage, taxi/bus/train/mileage, hotel, per diems for meals, visa fees).
    • Registration fees, travel, and accommodations to other, pre-approved, Apereo events (airfare/baggage, taxi/bus/train/mileage, hotel, per diems for meals, visa fees).


If an award recipient has not accepted their award within 6 months of written notification, the award expires. All funds must be used within eighteen months from the date of the award.


Additional Recognition

During their tenure, fellows will be asked to speak at Apereo conferences and will have their work featured on the Apereo website and through other channels of Apereo outreach and education. Fellows who wish to publish or offer white papers on their activities are encouraged to do so. Such whitepapers will be prominently displayed.

The activities of the fellows will be largely self-directed, although the Foundation staff will help coordinate fellows' activities and help with twice-yearly reports of their activities.

Commercial and/or Foundation support for this program will be considered. Initial support will come from the Apereo Foundation.


Historical List of Apereo Fellows:

2023 Apereo Dolphin Fellows
Katrin Ihler, ELAN e.V., Opencast
Laura Fernandez-Moran (a.k.a. Laura McCord), Unicon, uPortal
Benito Gonzalez, Unicon, uPortal
Christina Schwiebert, Northwest State Community College, Sakai

2022 Apereo Dolphin Fellows
Alan Regan, Pepperdine University, Open Apereo, Sakai, Teaching & Learning
Carlos Ribalta, Universitat Politècnica de València, Opencast
Christopher Beach, Unicon, Inc., OpenEQUELLA and uPortal
Julianne Morgan, University of Dayton, Apereo and Sakai

2021 Apereo Fellows
David P. Bauer, University of Dayton, Sakai, Tsugi
Maximiliano Lira Del Canto, Universität zu Köln, Opencast
Olivier Gerbé, HEC Montreal, Karuta
Nikki Massaro Kauffman, Penn State University, ELMS:LN

2020 Apereo Fellows
Shoji Kajita, Kyoto University
Christian Murphy, Unicon, Inc.
Bernardo Garcia Vila, Entornos de Formación
Joshua Wilson, Longsight, Inc.

2019 Apereo Fellows
Julien Gribonvald, GIP RECIA
Greg Logan, consultant
Misagh Moayyed, Unicon
Martin Ramsay, LAMP
Jolie Tingen, Duke University

2018 Apereo Fellows
Shawn Foster, Western University
Luisa Li, Marist College
Rüdiger Rolf, University of Onabrück
Tiffany Stull, University of Virginia
Tim Vertein, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2017 Apereo Fellows
Adrian Fish, Lancaster University
Benito Gonzalez, Unicon
Dede Hourican, Marist College
Ron Mitchell,
Miguel Pellicer, Entornos de Formación
Sven Stauber, SWITCH

2016 Apereo Fellows
Matt Clare, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation at Brock University
Wilma Hodges, Longsight
Brian Jones, Western University
José Mariano Luján, University of Murcia
Jacques Raynauld, HEC Montreal
Charles Severance, University of Michigan/Longsight

2015 Apereo Fellows
Alexandre Ballesté, Universidad de Lleida
Simon Gaeremynck, Fronteer
Gao Jun, Fudan University
Lars Kiesow, ELAN e.V./University of Osnabrück
Tim Levett, University of Wisconsin
Earle Nietzel, Scriba

2014 Apereo Fellows
Diego del Blanco Orobitg, Asahi NET International
Bryan Holladay, Longsight
Juan José Meroño, University of Murcia
Branden Visser, Research Research
Anthony Whyte, University of Michigan
Drew Wills, Unicon

2013 Apereo Fellows
Arlen Johnson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Andrew Petro, Unicon Inc
Eric Dalquist, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Laura McCord, University of California, Merced
Charles Hedrick, Rutgers University
Matthew Jones, Longsight
Bert Pareyn, University of Cambridge
Alan Regan, Pepperdine University

2012 Sakai Fellows
Lucy Appert, New York University
Chris Maurer, Indiana University
Sam Ottenhoff, Longsight Group
Sam Peck, Sakai OAE Project
Lance Speelmon, rSmart
Lynn Ward, Indiana University

2011 Sakai Fellows
Rob Coyle, Johns Hopkins University
Carl Hall, Hallway Technologies
David Roldán Martínez, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Megan May, Indiana University
Zhen Qian, University of Michigan
Brian Richwine, Indiana University

2010 Sakai Fellows
Nate Angell, rSmart
Matthew Buckett, Oxford University
David Goodrum, Indiana University
David Horwitz, University of Cape Town
Steve Lonn, University of Michigan
Gonzalo Silverio, University of Michigan

2009 Sakai Fellows
Ian Boston, University of Cambridge 
Jean-François Lévêque, Université Pierre et Marie Curie
Nicolaas Matthijs, University of Cambridge
Mathieu Plourde, University of Delaware
Janice A. Smith, Three Canoes Consulting
Steve Swinsburg, Lancaster University

2008 Sakai Fellows
Alan Berg, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Nuno Fernandes, Universidade Fernando Pessoa
David Horwitz, University of Cape Town
Beth Kirschner, University of Michigan
Maggie Lynch, Oregon Health & Science University
Stephen Marquard, University of Cape Town

2006-07 Sakai Fellows
Ian Boston, University of Cambridge
John Ellis, rSmart
Clay Fenlason, Boston University
Steven Githens, Northwestern University
Zach Thomas, Texas State
Seth Theriault, Columbia University
Johan van der Berg, UNISA
Aaron Zeckoski, Virginia Tech