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Student and Early Career Programs: RDA Fellowship

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September 6, 2018.
Call for applications for the 2018 joint fellowship is open!
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Application process Meet our fellows Projects and achievements

Participation of U.S. students and early career professionals is a critical to RDA/US community efforts and an investment in the data community’s future. RDA/US and RDA benefit greatly from a diversified and inter-generational community, while students and early career professionals – the next generation of leadership within the data community -- gain valuable expertise, a global perspective and a broader professional network from their engagement with RDA and RDA/US.

Through the RDA/US Data Share Program, RDA/US is enabling involvement of U.S. students and early career professionals. The program was piloted as an RDA/US scholars program in 2013-2015 with support from a grant from the National Science Foundation. In 2015, Dr. Beth Plale and Dr. Inna Kouper from Indiana University and Dr. Kathy Fontaine from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute received award funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to continue and expand the pilot as the Data Share Fellowship Program until 2018.

Data Share Fellows form a cohort, attend RDA Plenaries, and participate in RDA’s Working and Interest Groups, under the mentorship of RDA/US Advisory Committee members, as well as attend RDA’s bi-annual Plenaries.

Some projects from the previous years included creating data architecture vocabularies, examining how ORCID identifiers can intermediate data deposit among distributed repositories, studying data needs and practices, and working on the RDA Metadata Standards Directory. To read more about current and previous fellows and their projects, visit Meet our fellows page.