The Uptake.org Data Fellows program is a six-month fellowship designed to connect data professionals at non-profits, foundations, governmental agencies, and social enterprises to experts in data science and security. The fellowship begins with a week in Chicago where fellows meet with mentors, participate in workshops on topics in data science, and network with like-minded data-for-good professionals.
At social sector organizations, there’s often only one “data person” responsible for managing the organization’s data. Many are self-taught 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.
Our Data Science fellows are focused on developing skills in machine learning and data product development; they’re trying to find ways to gain insight and build tools with data.
The fellowship is for experienced data leaders employed by nonprofits, social enterprises, and government agencies who want to improve their data science or security knowledge, skills and methodologies.
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.
You’ll join a network of data leaders and connect with other professionals in the “data for good” ecosystem.
Uptake selects and mentors a cohort of Data Fellows biannually. The fellowship kicks off with a week of workshops, mentor meetings, and networking in Chicago and continues remotely for six months. Fellows then re-convene for a Fellow Showcase Day in Chicago. Each fellow is expected to work on a project during the course of the fellowship, although we stress that this fellowship is primarily about skill development.
Fellows are matched with at least three experts from Uptake and Carnegie Mellon University based on their needs. Mentor teams are data scientists, engineers and strategy gurus.
Fellows arrive for a week of workshops, networking events, and one-on-one mentorings. Workshops include Agile Development in Data Science, Predictive Models in R, Protecting IoT, and more.
Mentors and fellows check in regularly for six months to continue their conversations and support that began in Chicago.
Fellows return to Chicago to present the progress they’ve made over the course of the fellowship to their mentors and to the incoming class of new fellows.
We’re looking for data scientists, analysts, and leaders at nonprofits, social enterprises, or government agencies that have been operating for two years or more. Most of this fellowship centers on helping you grow as an individual.
We want individuals who:
General Services Administration
Laboratorio Nacional de Políticas Públicas
Mexico City, Mexico
World Vision International
One Acre Fund
Heartland Alliance International
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Pencils of Promise
New York, NY
Benefits Data Trust
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
Please check back in May 2019 when we open our next round of applications.