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School of Data Fellowship 2017

April 15, 2017

Fellowships are nine-month placements with School of Data for data-literacy practitioners or enthusiasts. At School of Data, fellows are recruited on an annual basis, and provide them with data and leadership training to organise events and build their community. Fellows are part of a growing global network of School of Data practitioners, benefiting from the network effects of sharing resources and knowledge.

In 2017, we will be recruiting for up to 10 fellowship positions open for the April to December 2017 School of Data training programme. Meet the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016! Also, check out how our Summer Camps (2014 & 2015) have helped fellows in their experiences.

The application will be open until April 16th 2017, midnight GMT+0.


Who can apply to become a fellow?

Ideal candidate combines the following skills:

  • Data savvy: has experience working with data and a passion for teaching data skills.
  • Understands the role of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and media in bringing positive change through advocacy, campaigns, and storytelling. Fellows are passionate about enabling partners to use data effectively through training and ongoing support.
  • Interested or experienced in working with journalism and/or civil society.
  • Has some facilitation skills and enjoys community-building (both online and offline).
  • Eager to learn from and be connected with an international community of data enthusiasts.

What kind of activities will fellows carry out?

There is a wide “menu” of activities from which fellows may choose. According to one’s interests and experience, you will work with the coordination team to build a programme for your fellowship that suits you! Some examples of such activities are:

  • Develop and maintain mentoring relationships with specificorganisations offering concrete ongoing and demand-driven support
  • Organise and lead School of Data events for specific communities or organisations (e.g. data expeditions and data clinics)
  • Organise custom trainings for local initiatives or organisations
  • Offer constructive feedback for learners on projects (often in the local language)
  • Be an active member of a School of Data language community including blogging and tweeting
  • Help reviewing, creating, translating, and localising materials
  • Collaborate with, and support, other School of Data fellows and organisations, including support in the local language and beyond.

How will School of Data support the fellows?

  • Provide a globally recognised community and programme which includes mentors, fellows, educators, and partners
  • Organise a 9-month programme including online and offline trainings aimed at developing data and leadership skills as well as individual coaching
  • Support the fellows to select local organisations to support and define clear, measurable objectives for their fellowships
  • Implement an evaluation process tracking the deliverables of the fellowship.
  • Connect fellows with a growing community of School of Data practitioners and ensure continuous exchange of resources, knowledge, and best practices
  • Connect with and organise training sessions and coaching with renowned experts in the areas of participatory events management, storytelling, public speaking, etc.
  • Facilitate opportunities for paid work, including fundraising for stipends to ensure ongoing availability and reactiveness to the needs of learners; see below for more information on the stipend
  • Work with one or more local civil society organisations to develop data-driven campaigns and research
  • Apply

How much time are fellows expected to dedicate to their fellowships?

Fellows are not employed full time. Fellows would be asked to dedicate an average of ten working days per month. This will include taking part in online and offline workshops and trainings, organising events in and with local communities, being an active member of the School of Data community, and doing unexpected stuff spontaneously.

Are fellowships remunerated?

Fellowships will receive a modest monthly stipend of up to $1,000 USD a month. This is not meant to cover them for full time work, as this is a part-time role, but we would expect them to dedicate at least ten days of effort for this amount. In addition to the stipend, fellows will have access to a small amount of funds to organise local events and travel abroad at least once.

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The programme will also fund the participation of all fellows at the School of Data Summer Camp (exact date to be announced). This includes economy class airfare, accommodation, food, and transportation.

How is the training programme structured?

The nine-month training programme consists of a series of offline and online trainings and workshops aimed at developing core skills.

The fellowship programme will kick off in April and fellows will attend the School of Data Summer Camp shortly after. This training event has customarily brought together all School of Data practitioners, including fellows, volunteers, and local initiatives such as Escuela de Datos (Mexico and Spain), Escola de Dados (Brazil), Ecole des Données (France), and others.

After the training, fellows will participate in regular online trainings and will be expected to run online and offline events and to support specific organisations and communities to use data effectively.

Are fellows required to work with specific local organisations?

We welcome fellows who already have a clear idea of local organisations, initiatives, or communities they want to support. An example could be a fellow working with civil society organisations around extractive industries or a fellow working specifically with media organisations, supporting them to raise the data literacy level of newsrooms in their regions.

How many fellows will be recruited in total?

For this round (April – December 2017), we will award up to 10 fellowships.

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