*Research Data Alliance/USFellows Program – Call for Participation*

The Research Data Alliance/US invites applications for its RDA/US Fellows

The RDA/US Fellows Program engages early career scholars and professionals
in the pragmatic, real-world challenges that are encountered in reducing
the technical and social barriers to global data sharing. RDA/US
Fellows receive
travel funding to observe, learn, be ambassadors of RDA, and contribute to
the overall bold mission of the Research Data Alliance.

Fellows will be funded to attend three consecutive plenaries (18 months) to
carry out a topic of research, outreach, or education of their proposing.
This could include, but is not limited to, the following:

   - Study RDA social/organizational dynamics,
   - Develop course content for use in a classroom,
   - Develop a software tool that utilizes one or more RDA products in a
   demonstration of interoperability,
   - Represent your scientific or scholarly discipline in one or more of
   the RDA working groups and demonstrate how RDA products could advance the
   discipline, and
   - Bring your dataset, with goal to adopt technology, practices and
   services to enable its sharing

*Criteria for selection:* the review committee will look for overall strong
ideas that are achievable within an 18 month timeframe and can be done
under the limited terms of the Fellows program; it will look for ideas that
benefit the proposer’s career trajectory and advance RDA’s vision. It will
look for ideas for which a mentor within the RDA/US membership can be
found. It will look at the quality of the application materials.

The program will begin with travel to the 4th RDA Plenary
<> in Amsterdam, the
Netherlands, Sept 22-24, 2014. The first round of Fellows funding will
select three Fellows. RDA/US Fellows will be recognized at the Plenary
meetings. Their fellowship will culminate with a poster at their third

*Eligibility: *Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at
institutions of higher education in the United States, and early career
researchers at U.S.-based research institutions who graduated with a
relevant master’s or PhD and are no more than three years beyond receipt of
their degree.

*To apply: *Interested candidates are invited to submit their curriculum
vitae and a 300-500 word statement that briefly describes their
education, research, or outreach interests and the project or topic that
they will be pursuing during the fellowship to Inna Kouper at inkouper at
indiana dot edu. Candidates are encouraged to browse the RDA website and
pages of interest and working groups to identify relevant topics and mutual

*Deadline:* 20 July 2014
*Applicant notification:* 31 July 2014

*The RDA/US Scholars Program is led by Professor Beth Plale and Dr. Inna
Kouper of Indiana University. It is funded by a grant from the National
Science Foundation, ACI 1349002.*


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