Hire a Data Fellow

What is a Data Fellow?

Data Fellows are recruited by SDP via a competitive nationwide search. They are matched to SDP partner organizations where they are hired as full-time, paid, agency employees for two years. They bring impressive credentials in statistics, data management, and research methods.


  1. Submit an application detailing your organization's need for a Data Fellow, the type of work or project you have in mind, and administrative information. Applications open on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

  2. Participate in a 30-minute screening call to review the application, timeline, and needs with the SDP team.

  3. Ensure the position is approved by your HR Department and sign and return an MOU.

  4. Review candidate matches and invite up to 2 candidates for an on-site interview at your office. Travel is covered by SDP and included in the partnership fee.

  5. Work with SDP to make an offer to your preferred candidate with a start date on or before September 1, 2020.

  6. Supervisors and fellows attend Cohort 12 Orientation in Cambridge, MA, in October 2020.


We recommend applying sooner rather than later to ensure you have the greatest chance of finding a match.

Applications open Tuesday, September 17, 2019.  There are two deadlines:

  1. Early Deadline (to interview candidates in Spring 2020): December 6, 2019
  2. Regular Deadline (to interview candidates in Summer 2020): May 1, 2020 

Contracts must be fully executed before a parter can interview Data Fellow candidates.


There is a partnership fee associated with hosting a Data Fellow. This fee is payable up front or in installments. The SDP Data Fellow partnership fee covers the recruitment, screening, and matching of your fellow as well as all activities and travel over the two-year fellowship, including:

  • 6 workshops for the fellow
  • 3 workshops for the supervisor
  • software licenses
  • full access to toolkits and network resources
  • virtual learning
  • support for a completed analytic project commissioned by your agency.

Partners are responsible for paying their Data Fellow a salary between $70,000-90,000, plus benefits for the duration of the fellowship.

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Are you interested in hosting a Data Fellow and partnering with SDP? Email us with questions or schedule a call.