EDI Data Management Fellowship Program

Photo: Fellows and EDI team members at the data publishing workshop at UNM in June 2019.

We will soon begin the application process for potential fellows. We anticipate supporting about 15 fellowships. Please contact Susanne Grossman-Clarke, EDI’s Outreach and Training Coordinator with any questions: grossmanclar@wisc.edu.


During the 2-month summer program, the Fellows receive training in environmental data management by EDI and gain hands-on experience through participation in data publishing with specific host projects, either remotely or on site. In agreement with EDI’s mission of accelerating curation and publishing of environmental data, the focus of the fellowship program is on:

  • Processing and publishing the host projects’ data.
  • Creating workflows that support the processing of data collections. See here for an example.

Further information:


  • December 31, 2021: Application deadline for host projects (application form).
  • January 4, 2022: EDI host site selection.
  • February 23, 2022: Announcement of the program for fellow applications.
  • March 2022: Fellow applications due. Host projects interview applicants and select a Fellow.
  • mid-June 2022: Data publishing workshop for Fellows.
  • mid-June to mid-August 2022: Engagement of Fellows with host projects, remotely or on site.

Project expectations

  • The Fellow’s project should focus on the topics listed in the “Overview” section above.
  • The host projects are required to provide the Fellow with access to data and personnel who are able to answer data-related questions in a timely manner.
  • Manual data entry should be limited to no more than 15% of the Fellow’s time.
  • All fellowship products must be published in the EDI data repository.

Information for potential Fellows

  • Informational webinar for potential Fellows will be held in February 2022.
  • The application process will begin in March 2022, during which time applicants can apply for the host projects of their interest.
  • Undergraduate, graduate and recent postgraduate students are considered who are at least 18 years of age by the program start date, and must reside in and be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Fellows will be selected in an interview process by the host projects.
  • Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $6000 which will be administered through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In case of an on-site fellowship the stipend will cover travel to and from as well as lodging at the host site.
  • The fellowship program requires full-time commitment to the training activities.  No other employment is permitted during the fellowship.
  • The fellowship is preceded by a mandatory three-day online data publishing workshop held in June 2022. During the workshop, the Fellows learn about data cleaning, metadata content, the Ecological Metadata Language (EML) and how to publish data in the EDI data repository.
  • Engagement of Fellows with host projects, remotely or on site from mid-June to mid-August 2022.
  • Fellows are required to participate in bi-weekly online meetings with EDI staff, present their work at a final online meeting, and write a one-page report describing their work & results and how the fellowship benefits their professional development at the end of the fellowship program.