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What is the program?


The beyond.uptake Data Fellows program is a six month fellowship designed to connect data professionals at non-profits, foundations, and social enterprises to experts in data science. The fellowship begins with a week in Chicago to meet with mentors, learn hard skills in data science, and network with like-minded data-for-good professionals.

At social sector organizations, there is often only one technical director responsible for managing the organization’s data. Many are self-taught data scientists making large-scale decisions through data but without much training or support from their resource-strained organizations. At beyond.uptake, 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.

Why you should apply:
Data Fellows

The fellowship is specifically for data leaders in nonprofits, social enterprises, and government agencies who want to improve their hard skills in data science.

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

Program Details

The next fellowship cohort kicks off in Chicago from August 7-11, 2017, and continue remotely until March 6, 2018. Fellows will then convene for a Fellows Showcase Day from March 8-9, 2018 in Chicago. Uptake covers all travel costs for fellows.

The Fellowship consists of four parts:

Mentor Matching

Fellows are matched to experts from the Uptake team and from Carnegie Mellon University based on their needs.


Workshop Week in Chicago

Fellows arrive for a week of workshops, networking events, and one-on-one mentoring on applying data science to their fields. Workshops include ‘Agile Development in Data Science,’ ‘Predictive Models in R,’ and more.


Ongoing Mentorship and Support

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


Fellows Showcase

Fellows return to Chicago to present the progress they’ve made over the course of the fellowship to their mentors and the incoming class of new fellows.

What we are looking for:
Data Fellows

We’re looking for data scientists, analysts, and leaders at nonprofits, social enterprises, or government agencies that have been operating for more than two years.

We want individuals who:

  • Have experience building models (We expect most of our fellows to know and understand the use of R and/or Python for building models.)
  • Are deeply passionate about using data science for social good
  • Want to connect with peers and experts in the data for good field
  • Are willing to commit to a 6-month fellowship period with an in-person session from August 7-11, 2017 (Travel expenses covered by Uptake)

Meet our inaugural data fellows.

Nicki Anselmo
Nicki Anselmo
Director of Data and Technology

Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academic Center
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Nyi Nyi Aye
Nyi Nyi Aye
Data Analyst and Software Developer

Koe Koe Tech
Yangon, Myanmar

William Bowser
William Bowser
Head of Data Strategy and Analytics

Hello Tractor

Bonnie Fan
Bonnie Fan
Senior Analyst

Chicago Transit Authority
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Rebeca Moreno Jimenez
Rebeca Moreno Jimenez
Data Lab Manager

UNHCR — UN Refugee Agency
Geneva, Switzerland

Nick Lucius
Nick Lucius
Data Scientist

City of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Catherine Ojo
Catherine Ojo
Data Engineer

Barcelona, Spain

Dan Wei
Dan Wei
Research Engineer

Carbon Lighthouse
San Francisco, California, USA

Apply to be a data fellow.

The deadline for submissions has passed. Please contact beyond@uptake.com with any questions.