The US region of the Research Data Alliance (RDA/US) invites applications for its Early Career Data Share fellowship program. The successful Fellows will engage with RDA through carrying out self-proposed projects with RDA groups and through extensive networking and communication with the RDA community. Applications from traditionally underserved populations are strongly encouraged



March 15, 2017  Fellowship applications are due

March 27, 2017 – Award notifications

May 20-22, 2017 – Fellowship begins with the orientation workshop in Troy, NY


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).

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 provide a letter of support from their advisors or mentors.

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.


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!


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.


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 and attach your statement, CV and optional letter of support at 




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