This application is for community organizations that wish to host a Data Innovation Project Applied Research Fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year. To learn more about the program visit the Data Innovation Project website.

The DIP will be offering a minimum of TWO fully subsidized Applied Research Fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Community organizations should be prepared to host a research assistant at 10 hours a week for the academic year (September – May, 30 weeks in total). However, about three hours of their time each month will be spent off-site at DIP-run workshops and peer group meetings.

Host sites are expected to oversee the student’s time and manage their work to insure project milestones and deliverables are met. It is important also to plan for how much additional staff time is required to manage, support, and supervise a fellow.

- Organizations must be based in Maine to receive a fellow.
- This year, given the uncertainty around when face-to-face instruction will resume, we are also asking for organizations to apply with a fellowship project that can be executed and managed 100% remotely.

Scope of Work
To ensure a successful fellow placement, it is imperative to compile a clear and detailed project proposal (Use these PROPOSAL GUIDELINES available through our website to help). The proposed project should focus primarily on applied research and evaluation work that is appropriate for a graduate student. This can include but is not limited to:
  • Collecting and analyzing data (e.g. design and conduct a survey, conduct virtual focus groups or interviews)
  • Designing logic models or other evaluation materials
  • Drafting a program monitoring plan
  • Literature reviews
  • Data entry and cleaning
Selection Criteria
Host site’s will be selected based on:
  • Site's organizational capacity to support and supervise a fellow.
  • Well-defined and articulated scope of work and/or job description that is in line with the objectives and focus of the fellowship program.
  • The extent to which the proposed work can be executed virtually by the fellow and the site has a clear plan for offering remote support and supervision to the fellow.
  • The extent to which the proposed work matches a selected graduate student’s skills and interests is also considered in the selection process.

The deadline to apply for a 2020-2021 Applied Research Fellow is July 10, 2020.

To apply, please:
  1. Complete the following application
  2. Upload a project proposal. Specifics are outlined in the body of the application.
If you have any questions about the application, the process, or the Applied Research Fellowship in general please contact Elora Way at For more information about the DIP visit our website.