Research Data Alliance/US
Fellows Program – Call for Participation
The Research Data Alliance/US invites applications for its RDA/US Fellows Program

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:

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 Plenary. 

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 interests.

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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