Reminder: OpenDP Visiting Fellows Application Deadline - Friday, February 18, 2022

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Feb 15, 2022, 2:03:18 PMFeb 15
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Dear OpenDP Community,

OpenDP invites applications for Visiting Fellows for this summer. The application deadline is February 18, 2022.

OpenDP Visiting Fellows are part-time positions meant for engineers or scholars in industry or academia who wish to learn about and engage with the OpenDP software suite, bringing this knowledge back to their own work or organization, while also contributing to OpenDP in the process.  During their fellowship, OpenDP Visiting Fellows will generally be supported by their own institution (e.g. being “detailed” by their company to OpenDP or using sabbatical pay).  For Visiting Fellows from industry, we expect a contribution of additional financial support for the program and OpenDP, detailed below.

The fellowship term will include participation in a seminar on approaches to and challenges in deploying differential privacy and the basics of the OpenDP software suite.  There will also be many opportunities to collaborate with the OpenDP team through synchronous working sessions and asynchronous communication.

The start and end dates of the program are listed below, but alternate dates can be considered.  Applications should include a proposal of one or two projects that will be the fellow’s focus. Fellows can work remotely for the entire duration of the program.  We may provide co-working space on site at Harvard as an option, following the COVID-19 restrictions and policies at Harvard.

This is an employer-sponsored program, meaning the participant remains fully employed at the employer for the duration of the program, while devoting at least 20% of their time to the fellowship activities.  The employer sponsors the participant's work in this program and covers the pertinent expenses, such as the program fee and any program-related travel and lodging. The program fee of $10,000 is applicable to participants from industry and is waived for those from academia.

Key Dates of the OpenDP Fellows Program, Summer 2022:

February 18, 2022 - Application Deadline*
March 18, 2022 - Decisions Sent
June 6, 2022 - Program Start  
August 12, 2022 - Program Ends

*Applications received after February 18, 2022 will be reviewed on a rolling basis up to March 31, 2022 and decisions will be made based on capacity availability.

The application deadline is February 18, 2022.

To apply, please submit the following to by February 18, 2021:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • A proposal describing the project that the fellow intends to pursue, explaining how it will benefit from and contribute to OpenDP.
  • Proposed start and end dates (if different from June 4-August 14) and percentage of time to be spent on OpenDP activities.
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Links to any relevant software, research papers, or datasets

OpenDP is dedicated to building a diverse community that is welcoming for everyone, regardless of disability, gender identity and expression, physical appearance, race, religion, or sexual orientation.  In particular, we encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Please share this call with any individuals or groups that might be interested.

The OpenDP Executive Committee

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