EDI Summer Fellowship Program

Previous EDI Fellowship Program:  2018, 2019

An informational webinar on our 2020 fellowship program will be held on October 15, 2019. For details, please see here.

General Information
Information for potential host sites/projects
Information for potential fellows

General Information

The 2-month data management fellowship is intended for undergraduate, graduate and recent postgraduate students. The fellows receive training in ecological data management and gain hands-on experience through participation in data preparation, archiving and publishing with scientists and information managers at specific host research sites.

In agreement with EDI’s mission of accelerating curation and archive of environmental data for long-term data preservation, discovery and reuse, the main focus of our fellowship program is on supporting:

  • Data archiving, data publishing and development of a longer-term data publishing strategy for sites/projects hosting an EDI summer fellow.
  • Processing and publishing synthesized and harmonized data.
  • Development and publishing workflows that support the processing of long-term data collections. See here for an example from our 2019 Fellowship Program.

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Information for potential host sites/projects

EDI will begin the application process for sites/projects interested in hosting an EDI summer 2020 fellow in October 2019. EDI will train and mentor the fellows, while host sites/projects are expected to:

  • Provide access to data sets and personnel able to answer content-related questions in a timely manner.
  • Use the fellowship to develop an enduring general data publishing strategy.

An informational webinar on our 2020 fellowship program will be held on October 15, 2019. For details, please see here.

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Information for potential fellows

  • The application process will begin in March 2020 during which applicants can apply to the sites/projects of their interest.
  • Undergraduate, graduate and recent postgraduate students are considered.
  • Fellows will be selected in an interview process with the host site mentors.
  • Each fellow will receive a stipend of $5000 which will be administered through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • The fellowship training program requires full-time commitment to the training activities.

The fellowship is preceded by an in-person data publishing workshop at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, held in June each year. During the workshop, the fellows learn about data cleaning and formatting, metadata content, the Ecological Metadata Language (EML) and how to create EML using the R programming environment. Furthermore, the fellows will be instructed on how to archive data packages in the EDI data repository. EDI will pay for workshop travel, accommodation and meals.

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