Panton Fellowships 2013/14 – Applications now open
Applications for the 2013-2014 Panton Fellowships are now open.
The Panton Fellowships, are funded this year by the Computer and Communications Industry Association and coordinated by the Open Knowledge Foundation. They will be awarded to scientists who actively promote open data in science.
We believe that “open data means better science“. Panton Fellows will explore and support this concept. They will endorse the Panton Principles for making scientific data open, and will promote the value of open data in all areas of science.
- Panton Fellows will receive £8,000 per annum. (Please Note: Panton Fellowships are not intended to cover full economic costs. Fellows are expected to continue to work/study at their existing organisation for the duration of the Fellowship.)
- Fellowships will be held for one year
- A small budget for travel and related expenses may additionally be available at the discretion of the board
There is scope for fellowship holders to carry out a wide variety of activities, and applicants are actively encouraged to establish their own work plan. Fellows may wish to:
- Promote the concept of open data in all areas of science.
- Explore practical solutions for making data open
- Facilitate discussions surrounding the role and value of openness.
- Catalyse the open community, and reach out beyond its traditional core
Eligible applicants will:
- Ideally be graduate students or early career stage scientists. We do however welcome applications from those with non-traditional backgrounds, so if you think you may be eligible, get in touch.
- Hold a valid EU passport
Reasonably expect to be employed and/or studying in a relevant scientific field until July 2014
Reasonably expect to be based somewhere in Europe until July 2014
- Have the consent of employers/funders to be a Panton Fellow whilst continuing to fulfil existing commitments
- Applicants should be enthusiastic, self-motivated and proactive, with excellent communication skills.
How to apply
- Applicants should send a CV and covering letter to jobs [@] okfn.org by 12th July 2013
- Your covering letter should explain:
- Why you believe open data is important to science.
- How the fellowship would be relevant to your current work
- As a Panton Fellow, what you would expect to do, make or change
- In addition, you are requested to nominate two independent referees in support of your application
- You are invited to supplement your application with e.g. a blog post or video if you wish.
- Applications will be assessed by the Panton Fellowships Advisory Board.
- Shortlisted candidates may be expected to produce a short video about themselves and their ideas in July 2013 as part of the selections process. Interviews may also be held via Skype if necessary.
- Panton Fellowships will commence in August 2013, and will last for one year.
The Panton Principles, formulated in 2009, encourage scientists to put scientific data in the public domain. Science is based on reusing, criticising and building on the published body of scientific knowledge. For science to function effectively, it is crucial that scientific data is open: i.e. free to use, reuse, and redistribute. For more information, see Panton Principles.