Helping social sector data leaders succeed through training and mentorship.
Meet our Data Fellows!

Application for our next cohort opens in May 2019.

What is the program?


The 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, 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.

Why you should apply:
Data Fellows

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.

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

Program Details

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.

The fellowship consists of four parts:

Mentor Matching

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.


Workshop Week in Chicago

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.


Ongoing Mentorship and Support

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


Fellow Showcase

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.

What we’re looking for:
Data Fellows

Data 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:

  • Have experience building models. We expect most of our fellows to understand the use of R or Python.
  • Have sound quantitative skills, including the use of data analysis methodologies.
  • Interested in building technical skills or work better with a technical team in application development, programming, data engineering or a related field.
  • Are deeply passionate about using data science for social good.
  • Have great communication skills and want to connect with peers and experts in the data-for-good field.
  • Embody Uptake’s core values: clarity, curiosity, flexibility, industry and trust.
  • Are willing to commit to a six-month fellowship period with an in-person session from March 4-8, 2019. Travel expenses are covered by Uptake.

Meet our Data Fellows.

Data Science Track

Scott McAllister
Scott McAllister
Data Analytics Specialist

General Services Administration
Washington, D.C.

Daniela Jimenez Lara
Daniela Jimenez Lara
Research Assistant

Laboratorio Nacional de Políticas Públicas
Mexico City, Mexico

Georgios Filippou
Giorgos Filippou
Director Evaluation and Impact Reporting

World Vision International
Limassol, Cyprus

Johnna Sundberg
Johnna Sundberg
Global Data Associate

One Acre Fund
Kakamega, Kenya

Marina Turlakova
Marina Turlakova
Senior Director of Research and Evaluation

Boston, MA

Nora Bouacha
Nora Bouacha
Program Officer, Monitoring and Evaluation for Sub-Saharan Africa

Heartland Alliance International
Chicago, IL

Rajiv Sinclair
Rajiv Sinclair
Director of Technology, Research and Development

Invisible Institute
Chicago, IL

Sandra Nkusi
Sandra Nkusi
Impact Measurement and Evaluation Analyst

Ontario Trillium Foundation
Toronto, Canada

Data Security Track

Ben Browmberg
Ben Bromberg
Senior Manager of Data Systems

Pencils of Promise
New York, NY

Mike Ghen
Michael Ghen
Data Science Manager

Benefits Data Trust
Philadelphia, PA

Meet our past Data Fellows.
Claire Bénard

London, UK

Daniel Liadsky
Canadian Urban Institute

Toronto, Canada

Jim McGowan
American Red Cross

Chicago, IL

Keith Zander

Chicago, IL

Paola Oliva-Altamirano
Our Community

Melbourne, Australia

Robert Mitchell
Skid Row Housing Trust

Los Angeles, CA

Ryan Geraghty
412 Food Rescue

Pittsburgh, PA

Tom Bunting

Chicago, IL

Peter Alele
Conservation International: Vital Signs

Nairobi, Kenya

Kruti Doshi
Cook County Health & Hospitals Systems

Chicago, IL

Elizabeth Gagne
New York City Department of Education

New York, NY

Deepali Gohil
Northern Rangelands Trust

Nairobi, Kenya

Kosar Jahani

San Francisco, CA

Matt Niksch
Noble Network of Charter Schools

Chicago, IL

Matt Stevens
Benefits Data Trust

Philadelphia, PA

Joanna Tess
Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Chicago, IL

Nicki Anselmo
MIT Media Lab

Cambridge, MA

Nyi Nyi Aye
Koe Koe Tech

Yangon, Myanmar

William Bowser
Hello Tractor


Bonnie Fan
Chicago Transit Authority

Chicago, IL

Rebeca Moreno Jimenez
UNHCR — UN Refugee Agency

Geneva, Switzerland

Nick Lucius
City of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Catherine Ojo

Barcelona, Spain

Dan Wei
Carbon Lighthouse

San Francisco, CA

Applications are now closed.

Please check back in May 2019 when we open our next round of applications.

We will be evaluating applications and notifying the selected fellows by January 18, 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 team at [email protected].