EDI Summer Fellowship Program

Application information for hosting a 2021 Summer Fellow

As part of our data management training program, we will begin the application process for research projects/sites/field stations to host an EDI Summer 2021 fellow in October 2020. We anticipate supporting 10 fellowships.

The 2-month data management fellowship (mid-June to mid-August 2021) is intended for undergraduate, graduate and recent postgraduate students. The fellows receive training and support in ecological data management by EDI and gain hands-on experience through participation in data preparation and publishing with scientists and information managers at specific host research sites. The host projects/field stations/sites are expected to provide access to data and personnel able to answer content-related questions in a timely manner.

Important dates

  • An informational webinar on our 2021 fellowship program will be held on October 20, 2020 (more information available soon).
  • Application form (request for brief description of fellow’s project and logistical information) will be released in October 2020
  • Application deadline: December 2020
  • EDI decision: January 2021
  • Application process for fellows begins in March 2021

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

  • Data archiving, data publishing and development of a longer-term data publishing strategy for research projects/sites/field stations hosting an EDI summer fellow. Manual data entry should be limited.
  • Processing and publishing  analysis ready data.
  • Development and publishing workflows that support the processing of long-term data collections. See here for an example from our 2019 Fellowship Program.

Information for potential fellows

  • The application process will begin in March 2021 during which applicants can apply to the research projects/sites/field stations of their interest.
  • Undergraduate, graduate and recent postgraduate students are considered who are at least 18 years of age by the program start date, must be currently enrolled or employed at a U.S. university or other research institution and must currently reside in, and be eligible to work in, the United States.
  • Fellows will be selected in an interview process by the host site mentors.
  • Each fellow will receive a stipend of $5000 which will be administered through the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to support travel to and from as well as lodging at the host sites.
  • The fellowship training program requires full-time commitment to the training activities.
  • EDI Fellows are required to write a one-page report describing their work & results and how the fellowship benefits their professional development at half-time as well as at the end of the fellowship program.

The fellowship is preceded by an in-person data publishing workshop held either remotely or at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, in June 2021. 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.