Want to be part of the next generation of data leaders who magnify the reach of data literacy programmes? Well, then you better hurry as the School of Data’s Fellowship Programme is about to close entries for this year’s applications. There are up to 10 fellowship positions open for the July to December 2014 School of Data training programme.

It might sound enticing, but what exactly does it mean to be a Fellow of Data? Fellows will provide training and ongoing support to journalists, civil society organisations, and individual change-makers to use data effectively within their community and country.

While the School of Data is an international organisation, they currently have collaborations and resourcing confirmed to support fellows from South Africa, as well as Romania, Hungary, Indonesia, and Tanzania.

“At School of Data, we hope to recruit fellows on a regular basis, and provide them with data and leadership training as well as coaching to organise events and build their community. Our fellows are part of a growing global network of School of Data practitioners, benefiting from the network effects of sharing resources and knowledge and contributing to our understanding of how best to localise our training efforts,” they explain.

Applications have been open for a while, and will close this coming Sunday (1st of June 2014), so potential fellows will need to hurry by filling in this application form and attaching a C.V. Or you can simply send them a 30-second video expressing your interest in the role or explaining something “techie” in few (jargon-free) words.

Think you have what it takes? Their ideal candidate is data savvy, understands the role of Non-Governmental Organizations, experienced in working with journalism and/or civil society, and has some facilitation skills and enjoys community-building.

Not only will you learn a lot, but you can make some cash as well. “Fellowships will receive a modest monthly stipend of up to 750 USD a month, depending on the country they live in. This is not meant to cover them for full time work, as this is a part-time role, but we would expect them to dedicate at least five days of effort for this amount.”

In South Africa, the fellowships are being administered by the awesome and very clever folk at Code4SA, which means this is an opportunity to be trained by the very best the country has to offer.

[Source and image – School of Data]
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