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2016-2017 RDA/US Call for Fellows

Applications for 2016 are closed, please come back next year.

The US region of the Research Data Alliance (RDA/US) invites applications for its Data Share fellowship program. The program’s goal is to engage students and early career researchers in the US in RDA, a dynamic global organization that seeks to eliminate the technical and social barriers to research data sharing.

The successful Fellows will engage in the RDA through carrying out self-proposed projects and through extensive networking and communication with the RDA community. The projects will be carried out independently, and be relevant to the goals and interests of an RDA Working, Interest, or Coordination Group (e.g., Technical Advisory Board).

Projects proposed by Fellows need to contribute to the RDA community through insight, effort or outreach. Previously funded projects can be found at Fellows should identify 2 Working or Interest Groups in which they will participate during their Fellowship. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to the chairs of the groups to request a letter of support. Graduate students must also provide a letter of support from a research advisor or mentor at their home institution.

The Program duration is 12 or 18 months depending on the nature of the project; accordingly, Fellows will receive a $5000 or $10,000 stipend. The Program also covers travel to RDA plenaries during the duration of the fellowship (international and domestic travel). Fellows are required to participate in a cohort building orientation workshop held at the beginning of the fellowship.

Eligibility: The program seeks graduate students, postdoctoral students, or early career researchers. Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers must hold current appointment at an institution of higher education in the US; early career researchers must be employed at a US-based institution, have graduated with a relevant terminal degree, and be no more than three years beyond receipt of that degree.  Applications from traditionally underserved populations are strongly encouraged. 

Criteria for selection: Applicants are sought from a variety of backgrounds: communications, social, natural and physical sciences, business, informatics, and computer science. The RDA Data Share program will look for a T-shaped skill set, where early signs of cross discipline competency and interest in data are combined with a deep competency in one discipline.

Additional criteria include: benefit to the applicant’s career trajectory, interest in and commitment to data sharing and open access; demonstrated ability to work in teams and to show results within a limited time framework.

For more information about RDA and RDA/US, see, and

To apply: Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications as follows:

  • Prepare 1-2 page statement that describes proposed project along with a timeline, benefit to career trajectory, and the 2 Working or Interest Groups in which fellow will participate during fellowship.
  • Complete application form (along with your statement, CV and optional letter of support) at

Important dates:

April 18, 2016 – Fellowship applications are due (extended)

April 22, 2016 – Award notifications

May 23-24, 2016 – Fellowship begins with the orientation workshop in Bloomington, IN

For more information please email

RDA Data Share Fellowship is a program funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation under award G-2014-13746