Fellowship Programme

The Netherlands eScience Center is looking for individuals who have the ambition to promote or improve the use of research software within their organization or discipline. We invite them to apply to become an eScience Center Fellow.  

This Fellowship is aimed at those who want to make a difference in improving the awareness, expertise, or state of research software within their lab, institute or academic community. Research software can be any piece of code, script, package, tool, library, or programme written for research. 

Each Fellow is expected to carry out a project to this end within the duration of their Fellowship (12 months, between June 2022 and end of May 2023). Any project related to improving awareness or use of research software will be considered. Applicants are welcome to use the Fellowship to boost existing initiatives that fit the purpose of the programme. Examples of ideas that can be part of a project are (but are not limited to):  

  • Creating a tutorial around a research software package developed in-house.  
  • Creating a series of videos on good research software practices.  
  • Inviting speakers on the topic of sustainable research software for an interactive seminar.  
  • Running a hackathon where researchers can improve the reusability of their research software and exchange ideas.   
  • Setting up a discipline-specific community to exchange expertise about digital tools within the applicant’s field.   
  • Increasing the visibility and awareness of research software in the applicant’s field. 
  • Increasing the visibility and wellbeing of researchers who write code in any way.   
  • Webifying, digitizing or developing an open tool that would improve research in applicant’s field.   

Benefits of being a Fellow 

The eScience Center will support the Fellows to ensure the successful completion of their projects. Candidates can apply for one of two different types of support for their project plan: 

  • The first is a personal budget of €5,000 towards project costs. This budget can be used to cover expenses and consumables. For example, Fellows will be able to use this personal budget to invite (international) speakers, to attend (international) workshops or pay for venue hire and consumables.  
  • The second type of support is to have a personal budget of €3,000 towards expenses and consumables, and to request 36 hours of expertise from eScience Center employees in addition. These hours can be used to request expert consultancy, event organisation, or teaching. 

On top of that, a Fellow will: 

  • Have access to special interest groups (SIGs) meetings at the eScience Center. The Center has a few different SIGs where employees meet to share and learn about different topics. There are SIGs on Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Software Sustainability, Pedagogy, Soft Skills and more.  
  • Be assigned, when relevant, to one of the four sections at the eScience Center, based on their application: (1) Social Sciences and Humanities, (2) Natural Sciences & Engineering, (3) Life Sciences and (4) Environment & Sustainability. Fellows will have the opportunity to join the section meetings that take place about once a month, to hear about developments in eScience in the section they are connected to. We strive to have an equal balance across all sections.  
  • Be offered a workshop that will help them improve their skills to reach a wide audience in the research community. This workshop will be organized in collaboration with the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI), Open Life Science (OLS) and/or organized by CSCCE (the Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement).  
  • Have a point of contact at the eScience Center, who meets with the Fellow on a regular basis to discuss their project, and connects them with relevant people (at the eScience Center or externally) that can help them make their project a success.   
  • Have the opportunity to reach a wider audience through the eScience Center network. For example, there may be opportunities to publish relevant blog posts on the eScience Center website, or Fellows are invited for presentations at eScience Center events.  
  • Meet three times a year (if possible in person) in an informal setting with other Fellows for borrels and dinners, to exchange experiences and expand their network.  
  • Be listed on the eScience Center website as an eScience Center Fellow. 

Who may apply? 

Applicants for the fellowship programme are: 

  • A researcher who focuses on the application of research software as part of their research, 
  • or, a developer who writes tools for researchers,  
  • or, a research software engineer who supports the work of researchers with software,  
  • or, an advocate for best practice in software use for their research domain,
  • or, an individual in a facilitator role or leadership role in projects or organisations that make heavy use of research software.

Not sure if you are eligible to apply? To find out more, or reach out to the Fellowship coordinators at . You can also find the list of questions asked at the Fellowship information session on 22 February here.

A list of eligible organizations is listed in Appendix A of the full call for applications text. A more detailed outline of the Fellowship Programme can also be found there.  

How to apply 

The first part of the application consists of a plan. The plan should be written using this application form.  

A plan should consist of: 

  1. Personal information of the applicant: Name, title of their project, affiliation, demographic information.   
  2. A proposal for a plan that improves the state of research software (max 1500 words including references). This must include:  
    • A reflection on the awareness and/or use of research software in the academic community, discipline, or field of the Fellow.  
    • A motivated description of the objectives of the proposed plan.  
    • A description of the plan.  
    • A justification of why the applicant is well situated to execute the plan.  
  3. A timeline for the project plan, running for 12 months from the start of the Fellowship, starting June 2022 until end of May 2023. 
  4. A budget plan, outlining how the personal budget will be used. Depending on the choice of support type, this should contain the following: 
    • A personal budget of €5,000; in this case the plan should outline the expenses and consumables the budget will cover in the form of declared costs,
      OR  
    • A personal budget of €3,000 + 36 hours of eScience Center expertise (“in-kind support”): in this case the plan should outline the expenses and consumables the budget will cover in the form of declared costs. In addition, the plan should outline how 36 hours of eScience Center employee time will be used. It should be clear from the project plan that these expertise hours are directly relevant to the proposed project. Hours can be used at different times throughout the project, or all at once, for several eScience Center employees simultaneously (as long as the total employee hours add up to 36). For a list of topics in which the eScience Center has employees with expertise, see appendix B of the full call for applications text.  

Given the maximum available budget for this call, we expect to grant 20 Fellows, irrespective of the selected support type. 

For more details on further steps in the application procedure, see the full call for applications text

Submission and deadline 

Applications for the 2022 cohort are now closed.

Information 

To inform interested applicants about the specific aims of the fellowship programme, as well as the role and expertise of the eScience Center, we organized an information event on 22 February, 2022. You can find the links to slides, and answers to all the questions that were asked in the session here.