REMS Internship Program in Information Science

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2017

The University of Michigan School of Information is hosting a 12-week summer Research Experience for Master’s Students (REMS) for students from any information school master’s programs or schools of library and information science.

Selected students will engage in a variety of research projects and receive close mentorship as they investigate key issues in information science with faculty or practitioners. The REMS program supplements the experience in the research project with a broad range of educational and social activities that create a community of scholars among participating students. Participants will receive a $10,000 stipend and may also apply for additional funding to present their research findings at an academic conference.


  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled master’s student or 2017 master’s graduate in an iSchool or School of Library and Information Science
  • Able to participate full-time in research activities in Ann Arbor, Michigan: May 30-August 18, 2017

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.


Jacobs Research Funds

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2017

The Jacobs Research Funds (JRF) funds projects involving fieldwork with living peoples that result in publication or other dissemination of information about the fieldwork. Priority is given to research on endangered cultures and languages, and to research on the Pacific Northwest. Projects focusing on archival research are given low priority. Relevance of the project to contemporary theoretical issues in anthropology and linguistics is also a criterion used in evaluating proposals.

Funded projects typically focus on linguistic analysis, social-cultural anthropology, ethnolinguistics, or sociolinguistics. Especially appropriate are field studies that address cultural expressive systems, such as music, language, dance, mythology, world view, folk taxonomy, art, intellectual life, and religion. Also appropriate are projects focusing on cultural and linguistic forms in modern contexts – for example, traditional environmental knowledge or social organization. Projects in archeology, physical anthropology, applied anthropology, and applied linguistics (for example, grants exclusively for technological improvements, development of pedagogical materials, etc.) are not eligible for support.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

Application deadline:   June 1, 2016

The Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information consists of $1,000, given annually to a graduate student who is working on a dissertation on the philosophy of information (broadly construed). The range of philosophical questions relating to information is broad, and approachable through a variety of philosophical traditions (philosophy of mind, logic, philosophy of information so-called, philosophy of science, etc.).

The scholarship recipient must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be an active doctoral student whose primary area of research is directly philosophical, whether the institutional setting is philosophy or another discipline; that is to say, the mode of dissertation research must be philosophical as opposed to empirical or literary study;
  • Have completed all course work; and
  • Have had a dissertation proposal accepted by the institution.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

DataONE Summer Internship Program

Application deadline:   March 16, 2016

The Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) is a virtual organization dedicated to providing open, persistent, robust, and secure access to biodiversity and environmental data, supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation. DataONE is pleased to announce the availability of summer research internships for undergraduates, graduate students and recent postgraduates.

Interns undertake a 9 week program of work centered around one of the designated projects. Each intern will be paired with one primary mentor and, in some cases, secondary and tertiary mentors. Interns need not necessarily be at the same location or institution as their mentor(s).

The program is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postgraduates who have received their degree within the past five years. Given the broad range of projects, there are no restrictions on academic backgrounds or field of study.

Interns must be at least 18 years of age by the program start date, must be currently enrolled or employed at a U.S. university or other research institution and must currently reside in, and be eligible to work in, the United States. Interns are expected to be available approximately 40 hours/week during the internship period (noted above) with significant availability during the normal business hours. Interns from previous years are eligible to participate.

Interns will receive a stipend of $5,000 for participation, paid in two installments (one at the midterm and one at the conclusion of the program). In addition, required travel expenses will be borne by DataONE.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

Application deadline:   December 1, 2015

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.

Eligible disciplines

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Biosciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Geosciences, Industrial and Systems Engineering (technical tracks only), Information Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Oceanography, Operations Research (technical tracks only), Physics

Additional eligibility criteria

  • a U.S. citizen at time of application,
  • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2016,
  • able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories,
  • willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD,
  • a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of award
  • Graduate applicants can be either currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or awaiting notification of admission to such. If awaiting admission, you must be accepted for entrance in the fall 2016 term


  • Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
  • Stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 – $38,000 depending on degree pursuing (may be prorated depending on award length)
  • Summer research internships
  • Health Insurance allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year
  • Miscellaneous Supplies Allowance of $1,000 per academic year
  • Mentoring
  • Employment placement after graduation

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

Fall 2015 TA Position in the Geography Department

Application deadline:   July 31, 2015

The Department of Geography is seeking a Teaching Assistant (TA) for Autumn Quarter 2015 for the course Geog 482/582 GIS Data Management, which is being taught by Professor Timothy Nyerges.  This position is a regular 50% FTE appointment, with a maximum of 220 hours of work for the quarter.


  • Instruction in two Geog 482/582 computer lab sections; 482 and 582 are combined sections. Approximately 20 students per section; approximately 40 total.
  • Before course starts, update lab assignments based on previous year offering.
  • Make available, assign, and maintain student lab assignments as per course web page found at the following URL:
  • Grade student lab assignments.  Maintain grading sheet in collaboration with Prof. Nyerges.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • UW Graduate Student in good standing and eligibility to hold a Graduate Student Assistantship.
  • UW full-time graduate student status, registered for at least 10 credits for Autumn 2015.
  • Previous TA experience.
  • Working knowledge of GIS: demonstrated by previous coursework and/or work experience.
  • Available for work as needed, from September 16th through December 22nd, 2015.


  • Previous course experience in GIS data management.


  • Application Deadline: July 31, 2015.
  • Notification date:  August 14, 2015
  • Acceptance date: Within 3 days of offer

Conditions of Employment:

If you have questions regarding course details or expectations of the position, you may contact Dr. Nyerges directly by phone (206) 543-5296 or email,

For complete position and application information, see UW Hires, Req. #122588

Summer 2015 (with extension) RA Positions in the UW iSchool Technology & Social Change Group

Application deadline:   May 25, 2015

Start Date: June 6, 2015, or as soon as possible

End Date: September 15, 2015, possible extension into 2015-2016 academic year.

Position Description
The University of Washington Information School has an outstanding opportunity for a research assistant to contribute to the Research Roadmap for Strengthening the Library Field project. This one-year project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will gather, organize, and make accessible a repository of library research, data, evaluation, and best practices. The repository will provide a foundation for several subsequent projects and initiatives aimed at helping public libraries deliver innovative services and effectively advocate for libraries in their communities.

The Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) will lead this project through four main activities:

  1. Research repository: gather research materials, develop an organizational structure and taxonomy, evaluate hosting options, and build and populate the repository.
  2. Analysis and publication: Using the research repository, gather data about research, evaluation, and measurement approaches and identify gaps in the literature and project information; write up process and results from analysis for a variety of research and policy audiences.
  3. Research guidelines: Develop a set of guidelines for research design, data collection, and data publication to enable more effective integration of future data collection in the library field; develop metrics, templates, and other tools for pilot programs and other research and evaluation activities carried out by librarians in the field.
  4. Prototype data platform: Prototype a platform that will provide the ability to find, use, understand, integrate, and display data collected through existing research efforts and efforts using new research guidelines. In partnership with several technology providers and significant data collectors in the field, demonstrate how data can be integrated to produce cross-dataset outputs.

The TASCHA RAs may contribute to these projects in several ways depending on their skills and interests. Generally, we are looking for one RA to have strong technology skills to work on developing the underlying technologies for this project, and one RA who has strong analytic and writing skills. Both positions require established communication skills, the ability to work in an environment of shifting priorities and tight timelines, and the desire to make an important intellectual contribution to the project goals. These positions will average 40 hours per week during the summer quarter; half-time positions may be considered. These positions will likely be extended through the 2015-2016 school year.

Duties include:

  • Collect and organize library research, data, reports, and other research and evaluation materials
  • Develop taxonomies, meta data schemas, and other tools to organize information
  • Collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data, including documents, survey data, interviews, and videos
  • Develop reports and other written products for external and internal use
  • Evaluate technology produces, create prototypes and system specifications, conduct usability testing
  • Create and/or set up databases, websites, or other knowledge management technologies
  • Perform background research and literature reviews as needed
  • Make intellectual contributions to research projects through engaged discussion


  • Qualified graduate students (Masters or Ph.D.) who are enrolled in the Information School. Students from other departments with sufficient qualifications will also be considered for this position.

The successful applicants will have some experience with all or most of the following criteria:

  • Documented experience with or serious interest in at least one of the following: public libraries; knowledge or data management; taxonomies or metadata schemas; research methodologies; evaluation, metrics, or standards.
  • Exceptionally strong oral and written professional communication skills—writing and documentation will be a major aspect of this position
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, especially Excel
  • Strong organizational skills and positive work practices (i.e., take initiative, flexible with shifting priorities, and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team)
  • Ability to plan and carry out research tasks with minimal supervision
  • Ability to plan and carry out requirements gathering and prototyping
  • Ability to analyze qualitative and quantitative data

Desired qualifications
The successful applicants will complement the basic requirements with some of the following:

  • Technical writing experience
  • Experience managing projects or developing workflow processes
  • Experience with database management or advanced Excel
  • Experience with the following technologies:
    • Programming in R, PHP, java, javascript, python, SQL
    • Developing APIs, cron jobs, and other cross-platform data calls
    • Scripting, theming, and/or administering content management websites
  • Previous experience with the public libraries, community technology, or development efforts
  • Interest in or experience with digital inclusion

This position is eligible for tuition waiver and benefits if enrolled in courses during summer quarter. If not enrolled in courses, students will be paid an hourly rate. Questions regarding salary and benefits should be directed to Angela Czaja, Human Resources Coordinator, at

To apply

  1. Please include a cover letter briefly describing your skills and experiences relevant to this type of work in one page or less. Emphasize any work you have done writing reports, developing evaluation frameworks, and/or managing data.
  2. Attach a current resume that includes your work history and academic accomplishments.
  3. Attach a copy of your most recent complete transcript for the master’s program(s) you are currently pursuing (does not have to be official; PDF format will be accepted).
  4. Attach no more than 3 samples in PDF format of your very best independent papers, reports, or documentation developed for relevant projects. We will look at these materials for both style and content.

Please submit all application materials to iSchool HR with “RA TASCHA SUM15” in the subject line no later than Monday, May 25th, 2015 to ensure consideration.  All applicants will be contacted two weeks after the position closes.

For complete position information, see:

Summer 2015 Data Science for Social Good Paid Internship

Application deadline:   March 31, 2015 (5:00 pm)

The eScience Institute at the University of Washington invites students to join the Data Science for Social Good incubator program this summer. Sixteen students will be selected to work with academic researchers, computer scientists, and public stakeholder groups on data-intensive research projects with public policy implications. These are paid positions.


Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply, preference given to University of Washington students.


Each student will be part of a team working on a research project that has concrete relevance and impact to the local community on the theme of Urban Science. Projects will involve analysis and visualization of data on topics such as public health, sustainable urban planning, environmental protection, disaster response, crime prevention, education, transportation, governance, commerce, and social justice.


Most work will be conducted on the UW campus in the WRF Data Science Studio, but some field excursions in the City of Seattle or King County may also be involved.


This is a 10-week long, full-time program beginning June 15th and ending August 21st. Class schedules can be accommodated for students who are enrolled during summer session.


Students will be given a stipend of $6,500 for the 10 weeks. Stipend payments will be dispersed through the UW payroll system on the 10th and 25th of each month.


  • Strong academic record
  • Previous programming experience (although strong candidates without significant programming experience will be considered)

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume, and transcript (unofficial is acceptable) to In your cover letter, please describe your background, interest in the program, and relevant experience/coursework. Favorable candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Research Data Alliance Call for Fellows

Application deadline:   April 16, 2015

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) invites applications for its newly redesigned fellowship program. The program’s goal is to engage early career researchers in the US in Research Data Alliance (RDA), a dynamic and young global organization that seeks to eliminate the technical and social barriers to research data sharing.

The successful Fellow will engage in the RDA through a 12-18 month project under the guidance of a mentor from the RDA community. The project is carried out within the context of an RDA Working Group (WG), Interest Group (IG), or Coordination Group (i.e., Technical Advisory Board), and is expected to have mutual benefit to both Fellow and the group’s goals. Fellows receive a stipend and travel support and must be currently employed or appointed at a US institution.
Fellows have a chance to work on real-world challenges of high importance to RDA, for instance:
  • Engage with social sciences experts to study the human and organizational barriers to technology sharing
  • Apply a WG product to a need in the Fellow’s discipline
  • Develop plan and disseminate RDA research data sharing practices
  • Develop and test adoption strategies
  • Study and recommend strategies to facilitate adoption of outputs from WGs into the broader RDA membership and other organizations
  • Engage with potential adopting organizations and study their practices and needs
  • Develop outreach materials to disseminate information about RDA and its products
  • Adapt and transfer outputs from WGs into the broader RDA membership and other organizations

The program involves one or two summer internships and travel to RDA plenaries during the duration of the fellowship (international and domestic travel). Fellows will receive a $5000 stipend for each summer of the fellowship.  Fellows will be paired with a mentor from the RDA community.  Through the RDA Data Share program, fellows will participate in a cohort building orientation workshop offering training in RDA and data sciences.   This workshop is held at the beginning of the fellowship.  RDA Data Share program coordinators will work with Fellows and mentors to clarify roles and responsibilities at the start of the fellowship.

Criteria for selection: The Fellows engaging in the RDA Data Share program are sought from a variety of backgrounds: communications, social, natural and physical sciences, business, informatics, and computer science. The RDA Data Share program will look for a T-shaped skill set, where early signs of cross discipline competency are combined with evidence of teamwork and communication skills, and a deep competency in one discipline.

Additional criteria include: interest in and commitment to data sharing and open access; demonstrated ability to work in teams and within a limited time framework; and benefit to the applicant’s career trajectory.

Eligibility: Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at institutions of higher education in the United States, and early career researchers at U.S.-based research institutions who graduated with a relevant master’s or PhD and are no more than three years beyond receipt of their degree.  Applications from traditionally underserved populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply: Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume/curriculum vitae and a 300-500 word statement that briefly describes their education, interests in data issues, and career goals to Candidates are encouraged to browse the RDA website and pages of interest and working groups to identify relevant topics and mutual interests.

Important dates:
April 16, 2015 – Fellowship applications are due
May 1, 2015 – Award notifications
June 18-19, 2015 –  Fellowship begins with the orientation workshop in Bloomington, IN

Spring & Summer 2015 TA Positions at the iSchool

The University of Washington Information School is recruiting iSchool Masters and PhD level students for the positions listed below.  For deadlines, additional information, and instructions on how to apply for these positions, please visit the corresponding links.

Teaching Assistant LIS 550 – SPR 15:

Teaching Assistant LIS 530 – SPR 15:

Reader/Grader LIS 560 – SPR 15:

Teaching Assistant INFO 344 & 343 – SUM 15:

Teaching Assistant INFO 200 – SUM 15:

Pre-Doctoral Lecturer INFO 344 – SUM 15:

Pre-Doctoral Lecturer INFO 343 – SUM 15:

Pre-Doctoral Lecturer INFO 200 – Sum 15: