EDI Summer Fellowship Program

Previous fellowship programs:  2018, 2019, 2020

2021 Data Management Training Fellowship Program

We will soon release information for fellows on how to apply for the 2021 Fellowship Program.

Hosting a Fellow

The application process for research projects and field stations interested in hosting a fellow from mid-June to mid August 2021 has been concluded. We will support 16 fellowships. The fellows will have the opportunity to train remotely or in-person at the host site if circumstances related to COVID-19 allow.

Please contact Susanne Grossman-Clarke (grossmanclar@wisc.edu) with any questions.


Project expectations

In agreement with EDI’s mission of accelerating curation and publishing of environmental data, the focus of the fellowships is on:

  • Processing and publishing host institution’s data.
  • Developing a longer-term data management strategy for the host institution.
  • Creating workflows that support the processing of data collections. See here for an example from our 2019 Fellowship Program.
  • Processing and publishing  analysis ready data.


  • The host projects and field stations are expected to provide the fellow with access to data and personnel who are able to answer content-related questions in a timely manner.
  • Manual data entry should be limited to 15% of the time.
  • All fellowship products must be published in the EDI data repository.


Important dates


Information for potential fellows

  • The application process will begin in March 2021 during which applicants can apply to the research projects and 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.