Fellowships in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences

For Hosts and Prospective Hosts

These two-year fellowships include an education program to be supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and will provide recent Ph.D.s with professional development, education, and training opportunities in software curation and data curation for the sciences and social sciences. The fellows’ work must draw upon their disciplinary expertise in order to help advance software and data curation practices and services at their host institutions. Host applicants should note carefully the differences between the two distinct funding models that govern support for these fellowships in 2018.

      • Calendar and duration: The two-year fellowships must begin between June and September, 2018. All new fellows must complete a residential training seminar held July 29 – August 4, 2018 at Bryn Mawr College.

      • Eligibility: Host institutions may include any academic, independent, public, or government library, archive, data center, 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 software curation and/or data curation that is also commensurate with its mission. All fellows must have completed the Ph.D. within the five years preceding the fellowship appointment.

      • Selection of hosts: All prospective hosts must have completed a fellowship proposal and provided a fellowship position description by November 1, 2017 in order to be considered for receiving grant-supported benefits for their fellow. Preference will be given to those institutions that have not previously hosted a CLIR/DLF fellow in this area. Institutions that are not selected or that miss the deadline may consider submitting their position as a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Libraries.

      • Previous fellowship position descriptions (for reference only)

      • Subject areas: Open to any specialty or domain in the sciences and social sciences in which the Ph.D. is the terminal degree.

      • Salary and Funding: For institutions applying to host a fellow in software curation for the sciences and social sciences, CLIR will pay 40% of the fellow’s salary (set at $70,000 per year), while the host institution will be responsible for the remaining salary and benefits comparable to other academic staff at the host institution. CLIR will also pay all costs for the fellow’s education and training throughout the year two-year fellowship (a $20,000 value), including all travel, room, and board costs for required program meetings, as well as providing regular 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.For institutions applying to host a fellow in data curation for the sciences and social sciences, CLIR will pay all costs for the fellow’s education and training throughout the two-year fellowship (a $20,000 value), while salary costs and benefits comparable to other academic staff at the host institution are the responsibility of the host institution. Fellows’ education and training throughout the two-year fellowship include all travel, room, and board costs for required program meetings, as well as regular online discussion sessions. All additional costs related to the fellowship (such as recruitment costs beyond the operation of CLIR’s website and online application, moving expenses, and indirect costs) are the responsibility of host institutions.

Key Dates

      • September 2017: Host application and fellowship application period opens.

      • October 18, 2017: Host applications must be submitted through the online proposal submission form.

      • November 2017: Eight host institutions will be selected by a review panel of experts and job descriptions for the selected positions will be posted on this website.

      • December 29, 2017: Fellowship applications due from candidates. Review of fellowship applications begins at CLIR.

      • February 2018: Applications from qualified candidates will be forwarded to host institutions.

      • June 1, 2018: Target deadline for all 2018 postdoctoral fellowship positions to be filled.

      • July 29 – August 4, 2018: Introductory seminar for all 2018 postdoctoral fellows at Bryn Mawr College.

Other Information

    • Questions about the Fellowships in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences should be directed to postdoc@clir.org.