Fellowship

FellowsBy Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute.

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The Fellowship Programme run by the Software Sustainability Institute funds researchers in exchange for their expertise and advice. The main goals of the programme are to engage with individuals who are passionate about research software use and/or development. We help support them to better understand the challenges faced by their domains and help support them as ambassadors for better software practices in their areas of working and Institutions.

Being a Fellow also helps them develop skills and knowledge in their area of software sustainability, empowers them to speak about software sustainability issues and network with like-minded individuals from a wide variety of research areas.

Each Fellow is allocated £3,000 to spend over fifteen months, from 1st January 2018 until 31st March 2019. The funding is flexible to support activities that are beneficial to both the Fellows and the Institute: for instance, to fund travel to conferences, to setup and run workshops, to organise software sustainability sessions at domain conferences, or to host, organise or teach training events, such as Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry…

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Applications for the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme 2018 are now open.

The main goals of the Programme are gathering intelligence about research and software from all disciplines, encouraging Fellows to develop their interests in the area of software sustainability (especially in their areas of work) and aiding the Fellows as ambassadors of good software practice in their domains. The programme also supports capacity building and policy development initiatives.

For further information, please visit the Fellowship Programme page and the FAQ, which include details about eligibility.

On 15th September, we will host a webinar where you will be able to find out more about the programme, the application process, existing Fellows experiences and have your questions answered. The webinar will run from from 2.00pm to 3.30pm BST. If you are interested in participate in the webinar please register your interest.

This guide is intended to help you when producing your application video for the Fellowship Programme 2018.

Video Type

We are looking for a 6 minutes long voice over slide presentation screencast. In your presentation you must answer who you are professionally, what you do and what you plan for the Fellowship. The content of your slides should be professionally oriented and the style of your slides should be suitable for assessment in a research & development environment. There are no restrictions on the number of slides you use.

Screencast Tool

You can use any screencast tool available for your operating system. Wikipedia has a decent list. In case you want a suggestion from us, we recommend Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio because it works on Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux and is free and open source.

Open Broadcaster Software Studio

  1. Instructions to download and install are available at https://obsproject.com/download.

  2. The first time that you launch OBS Studio you need to agree with the GNU General Public License Version 2 and will opt-in to run the auto-configuration wizard. Before record your video, you can configure where the video will be store.

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Applications for the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme 2018 will open this Friday 25th August.

The main goals of the Programme are gathering intelligence about research and software from all disciplines, encouraging Fellows to develop their interests in the area of software sustainability (especially in their areas of research) and aiding the Fellows as ambassadors of good software practice in their domains. The programme also supports capacity building, including Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry and Library Carpentry training workshops and policy development initiatives.

Fellows come from a variety of career stages. They have passion for their area, ability to communicate ideas effectively, and a real interest in the role of software in research. The fellowship gives our fellows the opportunity to talk about software in their research domain to a wider audience, network with others who share a passion for software in research, and learn key skills that benefit them and their collaborators.​

Further information is available at the Fellowship Programme page and applications will open on Friday 25th August, 10:00. Register your interest here to be notify when the applications are open.

Charteris Land, EdinburghBy Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead.

Every year once the Fellowship starts, we get the Fellows together to give them the opportunity to learn about the different parts of the Institute (Training, Community, the Research Software Group, Policy, Communications and the Directorate) so they can better understand how we operate and how to interact with us to produce a good working relationship and better outcomes for their Fellowship.

This year we were in the lovely city of Edinburgh at Charteris Land, University of Edinburgh.  The Institute is headquartered in Edinburgh and it is where three of the new Institute 2017 Fellows are based, making it an ideal location for holding the inaugural. With 18 new Fellows, 14 were there in person, two connected via Skype, one sent a video and only one could not be involved.

The Institute Director, Neil Chue Hong gave an introduction to the Institute, its teams and how it operates; he highlighted Fellows as…

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Fellows selection dayBy Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead, Software Sustainability Institute.

It was a mild 2nd of November in the city of Manchester, UK. 29 candidates and nine reviewers congregated in the Atlas rooms of the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester to present their work, take part in discussions, network and be reviewed to see who would be chosen as an Institute Fellow 2017.

Who, how, what; rapid introductions

Each candidate presented an introduction to their professional persona, what they do and what they would do as a fellow. They each had four minutes to present while the reviewers were speedily writing down notes and scores around the content and style of the presentation and the other candidates listened on attentively.

There was some time for questions after the presentations. The focus on the ensuing discussions was on testing and the lack of recognition for spending time on ‘doing software correctly’ in the race to results and publication. The latter issue is a common theme in the workshops and discussions held at the various events run by the Institute and by the wider research software community. There is not a consistent emphasis on doing the computation properly as the results are what is currently being most valued with not enough importance being placed on…

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I am really keen on applying for the Fellowship as I want to use the funds to support the software I am developing, would this be a valid use of the Fellowship funds?

No. The Fellowship is to support travel, workshops, policy and other things not related to paying for your time to do you work i.e. it cannot be used as salary.

However if you have software which could be aided by a sustainability drive and potentially some additional development the the Institute's Open Call maybe for you.

Could tell me a bit about what you are looking for in terms of the person. Also, on your website, is there somewhere with your mission statement or goals?

You would do well to read more about the Institute and read the existing Fellow Profiles to understand who we are and what type of people make Institute Fellows. It might be also worth reading the blog, news, and conference intelligence sections with a specific focus on looking at the events Fellows have attended and/or organised.

If you are interested you can view the recording of the webinar for the previous Fellow 2017 programme and read about what it's like being a Fellow from both a Scientist and a…

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Fellows

Apply for the Fellowship Programme 2018

The Institute's Fellowship programme funds researchers in exchange for their expertise and advice.

The main goals of the Programme are gathering intelligence about research and software from all disciplines, encouraging Fellows to develop their interests in the area of software sustainability (especially in their areas of research) and aid them as ambassadors of good software practice in their domains. The programme also supports capacity building and policy development initiatives.

Each Fellow is allocated £3,000 to spend over fifteen months. The funding is flexible to support activities that are beneficial to both the Fellows’ and the Institute's aims: for instance, to fund travel to conferences, to setup and run workshops, to organise software sustainability sessions at domain conferences, or to host, organise or teach training events, such as Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry or Library Carpentry.

Fellows are drawn from a wide range of areas, experience, and career stages.

As an introduction to the Institute, learn…

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