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What is the program?


The Uptake.org Data Fellows program is a six month fellowship designed to connect data professionals at non-profits, foundations, and social enterprises to experts in data science. The fellowship begins with a week in Chicago to meet with mentors, learn hard skills in data science, and network with like-minded data-for-good professionals.

At social sector organizations, there is often only one technical director responsible for managing the organization’s data. Many are self-taught data scientists making large-scale decisions through data but without much training or support from their resource-strained organizations. At Uptake.org, we aim to change that. We provide data-for-good professionals with the tools and community they need to solve big problems in the social sector.

Why you should apply:
Data Fellows

The fellowship is specifically for data leaders in nonprofits, social enterprises, and government agencies who want to improve their hard skills in data science.

Data Fellows

We provide ongoing coaching and mentoring from Uptake’s core team as well as advisors from Uptake partners, based on fellows needs, skills, and preferences.

Data Fellows

You will join a network of data leaders and connect with other professionals in the “data for good” ecosystem.

Program Details

The third cohort's fellowship kicks off on February 26, 2018 and continues remotely until August 10, 2018. Fellows will then convene for a Fellows Showcase Day in Chicago. Uptake covers all travel costs for fellows.

The Fellowship consists of four parts:

Mentor Matching

Fellows are matched to experts from the Uptake team and from Carnegie Mellon University based on their needs.


Workshop Week in Chicago

Fellows arrive for a week of workshops, networking events, and one-on-one mentoring on applying data science to their fields. Workshops include ‘Agile Development in Data Science,’ ‘Predictive Models in R,’ and more.


Ongoing Mentorship and Support

Mentors and fellows check-in regularly for six months to continue the conversations and support that began in Chicago.


Fellows Showcase

Fellows return to Chicago to present the progress they’ve made over the course of the fellowship to their mentors and the incoming class of new fellows.

What we are looking for:
Data Fellows

We’re looking for data scientists, analysts, and leaders at nonprofits, social enterprises, or government agencies that have been operating for more than two years.

We want individuals who:

  • Have experience building models (We expect most of our fellows to know and understand the use of R and/or Python for building models.)
  • Are deeply passionate about using data science for social good
  • Want to connect with peers and experts in the data for good field
  • Are willing to commit to a 6-month fellowship period with an in-person session from August 7-11, 2017 (Travel expenses covered by Uptake)

Meet our current Data Fellows.

Claire Benard
Claire Benard
Senior Data Scientist

National Council for Voluntary Organisations
London, UK

Daniel Liadsky
Daniel Liadsky
Data & GIS Specialist

Canadian Urban Institute
Toronto, Canada

Jim McGowan
Jim McGowan
Director, Information Management & Situational Awareness

American Red Cross
Chicago, IL

Keith	Zander
Keith Zander
Senior Director of Evaluation

OneGoal Graduation
Chicago, IL

Paola	Oliva-Altamirano
Paola Oliva-Altamirano
Data Scientist

Our Community
Melbourne, Australia

Robert Mitchell
Robert Mitchell
Data Analyst

Skid Row Housing Trust
Los Angeles, CA

Ryan Geraghty
Ryan Geraghty
Project & Data Manager

412 Food Rescue
Pittsburgh, PA

Tom	Bunting
Tom Bunting
Data & Research Associate

Chicago, IL

Past Data Fellows.
Peter Alele
Africa Field Director

Vital Signs
Nairobi, Kenya

Kruti Doshi
Programmer Analyst

Cook County Health & Hospitals Systems
Chicago, Illinois

Elizabeth Gagne

New York City Department of Education
New York, New York

Deepali Gohil
Impact Catalyst

Northern Rangelands Trust
Nairobi, Kenya

Kosar Jahani
Director of Impact

San Francisco, California

Matt Niksch
Chief College Officer

Noble Network of Charter Schools
Chicago, Illinois

Matt Stevens
Director of Data Science

Benefits Data Trust
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Joanna Tess
Monitoring & Evaluation Manager

Coordination of Healthcare for Complex Kids Program
Chicago, Illinois

Nicki Anselmo
Director of Data & Technology

Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academic Center
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Nyi Nyi Aye
Data Analyst & Software Developer

Koe Koe Tech
Yangon, Myanmar

William Bowser
Head of Data Strategy & Analytics

Hello Tractor

Bonnie Fan
Senior Analyst

Chicago Transit Authority
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Rebeca Moreno Jimenez
Data Lab Manager

UNHCR — UN Refugee Agency
Geneva, Switzerland

Nick Lucius
Data Scientist

City of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Catherine Ojo
Data Engineer

Barcelona, Spain

Dan Wei
Research Engineer

Carbon Lighthouse
San Francisco, California, USA

Applications are now closed. Please check back in May when we open our next round of applications.

We will be evaluating applications and notifying the selected fellows by February 5, 2018. In the meantime, follow @Uptake on Twitter and get involved in the data discussion. If you have any questions you can also email the Uptake.org team at [email protected].