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Open Science Data Cloud PIRE

Providing training in data intensive computing using the Open Science Data Cloud.

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We’ve posted the applications for data intensive computing summer fellowships with the OSDC PIRE program for summer 2015.

These fully-funded summer fellowships are primarily for graduate students in data intensive scientific or computing fields who are interested in gaining hands-on experience with large datasets, data intensive projects, cloud computing, and other large scale computing environments, while also being exposed to scientific and cultural diversity while working abroad with international research hosts. As scientific datasets grow larger, a globally-oriented community of diverse researchers will need to work closely together to tackle the challenges of successful and reproducible large-scale, scientific data analysis.

Fellows are trained to use the Open Science Data Cloud, a petabyte-scale scientific community cloud, participate in a variety of workshops focused on data science on large datasets (including one week of dedicated workshops abroad), are provided with an OSDC resource allocation of 1 TB of storage, 16 compute cores, and access to 1 petabyte of scientific data, and have the opportunity to collaborate on data-intensive research on-going at international host sites in Brazil, Japan, the Netherlands, and the UK.

Previous fellows have successfully presented their OSDC PIRE research in peer-reviewed journals and conferences such as IEEE’s Supercomputing conference. You can read more about previous fellows’ research and international hosts, or for more information, please see our FAQ page. You can also contact the OSDC PIRE team at pire [a t] or via the social media links to the left. A member of our team from the University of Chicago or Florida International University will respond to email inquiries.

Application requirements

The fellowship application for summer 2015 involves the following:

  1. A completed applicant information form submitted online.
  2. A 1-2 page statement of interest and intent, uploaded with the applicant information form.
  3. Curriculum Vitae (1-2 pages), uploaded with the applicant information form.
  4. Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s advisor
    emailed directly to pire (at)

Apply for a fellowship

Please remember that the following are required to be considered eligible for an OSDC PIRE fellowship:

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident (green card holder.)
  • Must be a graduate student, senior undergrad, postdoc, or early career faculty.
  • Must be actively conducting research in a field involving computing or a data intensive science.
  • Must have strong academic qualifications and some experience computer programming.
  • Must submit a completed application including a supporting letter of recommendation by the deadline on February 28, 2015 March 31, 2015.