2020 applicants
Invitation to apply

UNESCO Fellowship opportunity

The Institute for Analytics and Data Science (IADS), University of Essex invites researchers from developing and transitioning countries to apply for one of five fellowship opportunities.

The Fellowships are aimed to support researchers and academics from developing and transitioning countries to develop capacity, research skills and expertise in data science and analytics, working collaboratively with researchers and academics at the University of Essex under the programme of work of the UNESCO Chair in Analytics and Data Science, Prof Maria Fasli. This is a competitive award for academics and researchers to undertake a short-term period of research and development in the field of data science and analytics. Such awards are typically arranged for up to two weeks.

Fellowship purpose

This short-term fellowship opportunity will provide a researcher or academic with the opportunity to work in collaboration with academic and research staff at the University of Essex to develop research capacity, expertise and skills in data science and analytics.

Applicants are expected to make a proposal for the purpose and content of their visit.

Indicative activities include:

  • Developing a joint research proposal with academics and researchers in a range of topics and areas under the Institute for Analytics and Data Science;
  • Engaging in joint collaborative research in data science and analytics including artificial intelligence technologies and machine learning, but also socio-economic, legal and ethical aspects of data science and analytics;
  • Facilitating knowledge exchange in data science and analytics, the development of joint education programmes and research base in data science, analytics and Big Data.

Eligibility requirements

This opportunity is open to all academics and researchers from developing and transitioning countries (as defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)) who have a track record of academic output, as demonstrated in peer-reviewed literature, and a strong commitment to quality research outputs. Applications from Early Career Researchers (ECRs) typically within five years of being awarded a PhD are also welcome.

PhD students are not eligible for this opportunity.

We cannot accept applications to either our Southend or Loughton campuses, this opportunity will be based on the main Colchester campus only.

Please note that these fellowship opportunities are awarded on a competitive basis.

Fellowship benefits

The UNESCO Fellowship opportunity covers travel and subsistence expenses of up to a maximum of £2000 and can be used to cover:

  • Return economy travel for the Visiting Fellow
  • Self-catering accommodation, including the coverage of utilities
  • A contribution to subsistence (£100 per week)

Award holders are also given the title of International Visiting Fellow for the period of their stay.

Longer visits are possible if the Fellow secures funding from other sources. Please contact us if you would like to extend the visit beyond the typical two weeks.

Application process

To apply for this opportunity, please complete the UNESCO Fellowship opportunity application form (.docx). 

You will also need to provide us with:

  • Your curriculum vitae (two A4 pages maximum), and
  • A proposal of the proposed visit (two A4 pages maximum), which details:
    • activities to be undertaken;
    • how these will benefit you and contribute to the development of your research skills and expertise analytics and data science; and
    • how the visit will also contribute to the development of your organisation’s broad research base and institutional objectives in relation to data science and analytics

Selection decisions will be made by a panel of academics from the Institute for Analytics and Data Science, and the Research and Enterprise Office. Applications will be assessed on:

  • the quality of your contribution to the field and research potential, as attested by your curriculum vitae;
  • the quality of your proposal, and its ability to advance collaborative research activities;
  • the potential impact of activity relative to the University’s contribution (value for money).

Further details for future UNESCO applications will be coming soon.