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Fellowships in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences

The application period for hosts of 2014 Postdoctoral Fellows in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences is now closed.

For Hosts and Prospective Hosts

These two-year fellowships include an education program funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and will provide recent Ph.D.s with professional development, education, and training opportunities in data curation for the sciences and social sciences. The fellows’ work must draw upon their disciplinary expertise in order to help advance data curation practices and services at their host institutions.

  • Calendar and duration: The two-year fellowships will begin between July and September, 2014. All new fellows must complete a ten-day residential training seminar at Bryn Mawr College in July/August 2014.
  • Eligibility: All fellows must have completed the Ph.D. in a science or social science discipline within the five years preceding the fellowship appointment. Host institutions may include any academic, independent, public, or government library, archive, or museum, or any partnership or consortium made up of the same, provided it has a demonstrable need of the fellow's subject expertise to pursue a project or initiative specifically related to data curation that is also commensurate with its mission.
  • Selection of hosts: All prospective hosts must have completed a fellowship proposal and provided a fellowship position description prior to 5:00PM EST on October 4, 2013, in order to be considered for receiving grant-supported educational benefits for their fellow. This proposal template (.docx) is provided to help aspiring hosts prepare. Institutions that are not selected or that miss the deadline may consider submitting their position as a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Libraries.
  • Subject areas: Open to any specialty or domain in the sciences or social sciences in which the Ph.D. is the terminal degree.
  • Salary: Salaries and benefits for 2014 Postdoctoral Fellows in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences are the responsibilities of host institutions. The fellow's salary should be a minimum of USD$60,000 per year, or an equivalent in local currency. Benefits should be comparable to other academic staff at the host institution. Hosts unable to meet these targets should explain in their fellowship proposals any extenuating circumstances affecting the salary level and benefits to be offered to the fellow.
  • Funding: All salary and benefits costs will be paid by participating host institutions. CLIR will pay all costs for the fellows' education and training throughout the two-year fellowship (a $20,000 value), including all travel, room, and board costs for required program meetings, as well as providing monthly online discussion sessions. All additional costs related to the fellowship (such as recruitment costs beyond the operation of CLIR's website and online application system, moving expenses, and indirect costs) are the responsibility of host institutions.

Key Dates

  • August 2013: Host application period opens.
  • September 2013: Fellowship application period opens.
  • October 4, 2013: Proposal deadline for prospective hosts for 2014-2016 postdoctoral fellows. Review of host proposals begins. Hosts will be notified of their status in late October.
  • November 2013: Position descriptions to be posted on CLIR's website upon receipt of letters of intent.
  • December 27, 2013: Individual fellowship applications due. Review of fellowship applications begins at CLIR.
  • February 2014: Fellowship applications to be forwarded to all selected host institutions.
  • June 2014: Target deadline for all 2014 postdoctoral fellowship positions to be filled.
  • July/August 2014: Introductory seminar for all 2014 postdoctoral fellows.

What is the CLIR Data Curation Fellowship? Watch video below.



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