About the Fellowship Programme

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The main goals of the programme are to improve and promote good computational practice across all research disciplines and support those who are doing this important work. We encourage our Fellows to use these practices themselves and to be ambassadors of good practice in their own domains, fields, and/or areas of work.

Our Fellows have come from a wide variety of backgrounds, experience and career stages. What they have in common is a passion for their area, the ability to communicate their ideas effectively, and a real interest in the role of software in research.

The Fellowship Programme empowers people to talk to a wider audience about the role of software in their area of work and to develop communities around the skills they learn. They can network with others who share their interests and learn new skills that benefit both themselves and their collaborators. 

We greatly value our Fellows and their expertise and advice, which is reflected across all of our programmes and activities. We also support projects that build on the Fellows’ initial work and help nurture communities of practice. Communities of practice (CoP) are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. The Carpentries, the Society of Research Software Engineering, Programming Historian, and The Turing Way are some examples of CoPs that our Fellows are involved in.

The Fellowship is an opportunity to join and be part of an engaging, supportive, and inspiring community. We bring the Fellows together in person or virtually at their Inaugural Meetings, Collaborations Workshops, and Open Fellows Meetings, and virtually through Community Calls, Slack, and a mailing list. We believe that “Once a Fellow, always a Fellow”, because we continue to support and engage with our Fellows beyond their inaugural fellowship period. 

You can read the profiles of our Fellows, read examples of some of the activities our Fellows get up to on our blog, catch Fellows' Spotlights in the Fellows’ Newsletter, and watch the recordings from our Fellows Community Calls to see the wide variety of Fellows we work with and activities we support. You can also read about what it’s like being a Fellow from a scientific perspective and a humanities perspective.

Fellow Experiences

Here are some thoughts from previously inaugurated Fellows about their experience of the programme:

Fellow Profiles

Read more about individual Fellows, associated links and articles they have authored on the site by looking at the Fellow profiles.

Evaluation of the Programme

Read an evaluation of the Fellowship Programme which is published at F1000.

For more information

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If you have questions about the Programme, please contact Rachael Ainsworth, Institute Community Manager, at fellows-management@software.ac.uk.

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