The Netherlands eScience Center’s Fellowship Programme supports individuals who have the ambition to promote or improve the use of research software within their organization or discipline.
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.
Our Fellows will carry out a project to this end within the duration of their Fellowship. Our Fellows are also encouraged to use this Fellowship to boost existing initiatives that fit the purpose of the programme.
More information about the Fellowship, and application information can be found below.
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.
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.