Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits to me as a Fellow?

There are a number of benefits to becoming an ELIXIR-UK Fellow. The Fellowship will help with your professional development and allow you to gain skills and experience in training which can help you to progress in your career. The £3000 honorarium (subject to tax) means that you have the financial resources to help you develop your training.

There is a huge benefit to being associated with ELIXIR-UK. We have members working in institutions across the UK, and as a Fellow you will have access to this community and the expertise that it brings, including the opportunity to have input into ongoing international research data management projects like the RDMkit and the FAIR Cookbook. ELIXIR-UK is the UK node of ELIXIR, a pan European organisation working in life science data, and as an ELIXIR-UK Fellow you will also have access to international communities, training and projects which are part of this organisation. 

Finally, as an ELIXIR-UK Fellow you will be able to join the conversations and steering discussions around research data management (RDM). Our goal is to work towards professionalising research data management and developing a community of data stewards across the UK who provide expertise and support to their organisations and each other. As a Fellow you can shape the future of RDM in the UK and beyond.

Who should apply to this fellowship?

We want to attract a diverse audience and we encourage applications from everyone who could contribute RDM know-how in the life sciences, and would be able to train core RDM content in-house. This includes all career stages from PhD student to professor, and all data professions including researchers and research support staff including, but not limited to, core bioinformaticians, Research Software Engineers, biocurators, IT staff, data policy officers, facility staff and managers.

Success will be based on the application rather than the career stage or job role.  Different career stages and roles bring different things to the fellowship, so we are aiming to have a diverse cohort with representatives from different career paths and stages. 

Could an applicant work in an area not traditionally considered a ‘life science’, like psychology, if their work does involve the management of human data.

If your work involves the management of life science data, including human data, then this fits with our brief for the Fellowship, so please think about applying. The important thing is to show in your application who the audience of your training would be in the life sciences, and how you would reach this audience, especially as you work in a separate area.

In terms of the content I could write as a Fellow, how unique does the area have to be? If “your area” is already covered well by resources such as the RDMkit and the FAIR Cookbook, are we less likely to be selected?

You will not be less likely to be selected if your area of focus is already featured in the RDMkit, the FAIR Cookbook or other resources which we will be using to develop training. We want the cohort of Fellows to be mixed and so there is room for these areas to be represented. Additionally, these resources are constantly evolving with input from the community, so it is likely that your work could also contribute to these resources.

You mentioned interest in Fellows writing best practice guides and video content for specialist knowledge within data types and areas of the life sciences – does this also apply to specific electronic data collection/management systems?

Yes, we would be happy for Fellows to develop content around data collection/management systems. In fact, we welcome applications which focus on content in any specialism around research data management where you think there would be a ready and engaged audience.

Roughly, what is the time commitment overall?

The content creation and training delivery, including in-house training in core/basic RDM will take 8-15 days. We are also asking Fellows to take part in a 4 day train the trainer workshop. Fellows are expected to attend networking events, including mandatory community calls which total 2-3 days, and there will be the Option to join working group calls and ELIXIR-UK interest group which would  add 1-2 days total to your commitment.

Do you believe the outputs of this initiative could be of benefit to other disciplines beyond ‘life science’

There will be transferable skills and lessons from the Fellowship that could be applied more widely than the life sciences. However, this project has been funded to provide data management training to those working in life sciences and thus your application must show how you will reach this audience specifically.

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