The beyond.uptake Data Fellows Program is a 4-month fellowship designed to connect data leaders at non-profits, foundations,  and social enterprises to experts, mentors and peers 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. Fellows identify a project inside their organizations to work out, honing the skills they have learned. Their Uptake mentors will support them for 4 months as they work on the project. The fellowship concludes with a gathering in Chicago where fellows demo and celebrate their work. All expenses are covered by Uptake.


Social enterprises are attacking some of the biggest problems in the world. But there is a lack of professional development and mentoring for data professionals at social enterprises. Often, data scientists or data leads are the “lone soldiers” at their organizations. At beyond.uptake, the civic innovation arm of 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.

How We Are Different


The fellow is the data leader at the social enterprise, not necessarily the entrepreneur in the organization.


This fellowship is personalized to what you need to grow your skillset. You are trained on hard skills within data science that correlate to the work you do.


We provide ongoing coaching and mentoring from Uptake’s team based on your skills and preferences.


We connect you to leaders in the ”data for good” ecosystem.

What We Are Looking For

We’re looking for data scientists, analysts, and leaders at non-profits, foundations or social enterprises 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 4-month fellowship period witha 1 week in-person session from February 13-17, 2017 (All expenses covered by Uptake)

The Program

The fellowship program will kick off in Chicago from February 13-17, 2017 and continue remotely until June 6, 2017. Fellows will then convene for a Demo Day from June 7-8 in Chicago.

The fellowship consists of four parts:


Mentor Matching
Fellows are matched to experts from the Uptake team based on their needs

In-person Week in Chicago
Fellows convene in Chicago for a week of workshops, networking events and one-on-one mentoring from experts in applying data science to their fields. Examples of workshops include: Agile Development in Data Science, Predictive Models in R, Data Security Best Practices, Introduction to Sensor Technology and UAVs

Ongoing Mentorship and Support
Mentors and fellows follow up weekly to continue the conversations and support that began in Chicago

Demo Day
Opportunity for fellows to showcase their work within the Uptake and data science communities