Announcing the 2021 Software Sustainability Institute Fellows

Posted by j.laird on 30 April 2021 - 9:30am

Photos of the 2021 FellowsJoin us in welcoming the 19 new Software Sustainability Institute Fellows for 2021! We received around 60 applications this year from many outstanding candidates, and our new research software ambassadors represent some of the best people working in – and advocating for – better research software.

The 2021 Fellows are: Abhishek Dasgupta, Alison Clarke, Chris Jochem, Colin Sauze, Daniele Procida, Dave Horsfall, Dominik Krzemiński, Eli Chadwick, Emma Karoune, Hannah Williams, Iain Barrass, Katy Brown, Leontien Talboom, Mateusz Malenta, Matthew Bluteau, Michael Berks, Simon Waldman, Thibault Lestang and Yadira Sánchez.

The new cohort includes representatives from seven of the research fields in the Joint Academic Coding System (JACS) principle subject codes, including Medicine and Dentistry; Biological Sciences; Physical Sciences; Mathematical Sciences; Computer Science; Social Studies; and Historical and Philosophical Studies. The 2021 cohort also includes members of the Research Software Engineering community. Their work is supported by a variety of funders including AHRC, EPSRC, ESRC, NERC, STFC, the Wellcome Trust and local institutional funding.

The 2021 Fellows come from 16 research and technology institutions across the UK, including Aberystwyth University, Cardiff University, Divio Technologies AB, Durham University, Newcastle University, Public Health England, Queen Mary University of London, Science and Technology Facilities Council, The Alan Turing Institute, UK Atomic Energy Authority, University College London, University of Cambridge, University of Hull, University of Manchester (2), University of Oxford (2), and University of Southampton (2).

Many of the Fellows are early career stage - they are Research Assistants/Associates, first grant holders, Lecturers and Research Software Engineers. We also have three junior career stage Fellows, one mid/recognised career stage Fellow, and one established/senior career stage Fellow - you can see more about the different career stages and what they mean here. Our applicants came from many different backgrounds and groups, and one third of the Fellows are women. The charts below provide more information about the distribution of applicants and Fellows based on these demographics.

Chart showing the majority of Fellowship applications from phase 2 of career

Chart showing applicants: 82% male, 14% female, 2% prefer not to say. Selected: 63% male, 32% female, 5% prefer not to say.

Please take a look at our Fellows’ profiles. Many of them have provided Twitter handles and other details so you can follow their work and make contact if you share a common interest. 

You can find further information about the Fellowship Programme here and sign up to this mailing list to receive updates about the programme such as when applications for the 2022 cohort open.

Congratulations and welcome again to the 2021 cohort!

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