The FAIRplus Fellowship Programme

The FAIRplus Fellowship Programme is a comprehensive training programme in FAIR data management. The programme will run for a period of approximately 8 months, starting in May 2021 and will guide its fellows through a series of modules combining online learning, 'training on the job' and short face-to-face meetings. After completing the programme, the fellows will have the confidence to lead, advise and initiate FAIR data processes in their respective companies and organisations.

Stages of the FAIRplus Fellowship Programme
Stages of the FAIRplus Fellowship Programme. Stage 1: Identification and definition of problem-based FAIRdata scenarios. Stage 2: Problem-based peer-training. Stage 3: Presentation and evaluation of FAIRdata solutions.

How to apply

The fellows will be selected from FAIRplus partner organizations. This means that only researchers working in one of the FAIRplus partners are eligible to apply for the full fellowship.

EFPIA companies

  • Astrazeneca AB
  • Bayer AG
  • Boehringer Ingelheim International Gmbh
  • Eli Lilly And Company Limited
  • Glaxosmithkline Research And Development LTD.
  • Janssen Pharmaceutica Nv
  • Novartis Pharma AG

Universities, research organisations, public bodies, non-profit groups

  • Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional De Supercomputacion, Barcelona, Spain
  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.V., Germany
  • Fundacio Institut Mar D Investigacions Mediques (IMIM), Barcelona, Spain
  • Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Imperial College Of Science Technology And Medicine, London, United Kingdom
  • SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
  • The University Of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Universite Du Luxembourg, Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
  • Universite Paul Sabatier Toulouse III, Toulouse, France
  • Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
  • University Of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Institut National De La Sante Et De La Recherche Medicale, Paris, France

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-sized companies

  • Open Phacts Foundation Lbg, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Stichting Lygature, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • The Hyve BV, Utrecht, Netherlands

There are a few places reserved for applicants who are not affiliated with FAIRplus, but still wish to take part in the Programme. Candidates outside the FAIRplus consortium may apply, however they will not receive any grant to cover their travel and accommodation expenses related to the programme. Those costs include travel to the kick-off meeting and up to two subsequent meetings (each two to three days long).

The application should contain a description of a project they intend to develop as part of the Fellowship programme. For guidelines how to write the project proposal, see the Evaluation criteria (pdf).

Applications for the Fellowship Programme are closed now.

Candidates will be notified of the results by 31 January 2021. The Fellowship Programme will start in May 2021.

The Programme structure

May - Jul 2021

Oct 2021

Oct - Dec 2021

Jan 2022

Following a kick-off meeting in May 2021, the fellows will follow online training modules to learn about the basics of FAIR data and FAIR data management. The second phase starts with a face-to-face workshop to design the FAIRification plan for their respective projects. In the third phase, fellows from EFPIA companies and their academic counterparts work in pairs on their respective FAIRification projects. The Fellowship programme finishes with a face-to-face workshop where fellows present the results of their projects and their experience from the fellowship.

The programme is designed on the basis of the FAIRplus FAIRification Process and consists of a number of compulsory modules corresponding to the steps in the FAIRplus FAIRification process. In addition, there will be several elective modules open to all fellows interested in the content.

FAIRification process
FAIRification process developed by the FAIRplus Squad teams.

The modules of the FAIRplus FAIRification Process will be grouped into four phases:

The first phase consists of three compulsory modules and three elective modules. Each of these modules is delivered online and should be completed within eight weeks after the programme starts (May 2021).

The second phase is a two-day workshop, which all fellows are expected to attend. During the workshop, participants will work in small groups and will have the opportunity to consult their project with FAIR data experts (members of the FAIRplus Squad teams, FAIR data managers and others).

Tonny Burdett (EMBL-EBI), the FAIRplus Squad teams coordinator, presenting the FAIRification process at the FAIRplus Innovation and SME Forum
Tony Burdett (EMBL-EBI), the FAIRplus Squad teams coordinator, presenting the FAIRification process at the FAIRplus Innovation and SME Forum.

In the third phase, the fellows will work in pairs to explore interoperability and hosting requirements, and data sharing solutions in different settings. In each pair, the fellows will first assess the interoperability and hosting requirements in their own organisations and then individually arrange visits to their partner's organisations to learn about their specific situations. The collaboration will be supervised online by a FAIRplus expert who will be able to consult any issue or questions during this phase. At the end, each pair will write up their observations and preliminary solutions which will be presented in phase four.

The phase four is a face-to-face meeting attended by all fellows. During the meeting, the fellows will present their FAIRification project results to demonstrate their understanding of FAIR data management and their capability of acting as FAIR data experts. At the end of the day, participants will receive formal certificates.


Andreas Pippow

If you have any questions about the Fellowship Programme, contact Dr Andreas Pippow, Coordinator of the FAIRplus Fellowship Programme: