ESIP Lab – RFP now openThis year’s theme is climate resilience.

ESIP Community Fellows

The ESIP Community Fellows are graduate students and postdoctoral researchers interested in bridging the gap between informatics and Earth science.



This fellowship provides early career researchers a chance to work closely with Earth science data professionals in an interdisciplinary, cross-sector group by working with one of the ESIP Collaboration Areas and supporting the ESIP Meetings.

Community Fellows help with behind-the-scenes collaboration, documenting group activities on monthly calls and at ESIP’s two meetings, with occasional networking and training events. As fellows become more familiar with ESIP activities, they may choose to integrate their own research, which can lead to publication and additional funding opportunities.

The fellowship earns a $2,000 stipend and runs from December through the following November. They are required to attend both ESIP Meetings in January and July; ESIP covers all travel for the in-person meeting in July.


Title: ESIP Community Fellows

Award: $2,000/year + Participation in two ESIP Meetings (required)

Eligibility: Graduate students or post-doc (less than two years beyond PhD); U.S. Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S.

Contact & Application Submission:

Deadline: Specifics coming soon – Applications opens in late August and are due in early October

# of awards: Up to 10


  • Be enrolled in a graduate program (MS or PhD) or in a postdoctoral research position less than two years beyond your PhD
  • Attend the full duration of both January and July Meetings
  • Join monthly Collaboration Area calls; attendance only excused if the chair knows at least 24 hours before the call and only one call will be excused
  • Participate in occasional networking and training events
  • U.S. Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Research in Earth or environmental sciences, computer science or Earth science education
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Social media awareness/usage is desired


ESIP Community Fellows network with professionals in relevant research fields, share research with a broader audience, learn leading practices in collaboration, and get exposure to potential job tracks in government, industry, and academia.


  • Support one of ESIP’s 30+ Collaboration Areas that align with your research interests
  • Document and send reminders for the group’s monthly gathering (about one hour/month)
  • Assist the Collaboration Area leaders through collaborative technologies including Twitter, Zoom, ESIP Wiki, Slack, and more
  • Assist with set-up and monitoring during the January and July ESIP Meetings (about six days each)
  • Write a blog post on how your research relates to ESIP initiatives
  • Share your research with the community at the July ESIP Meeting’s Research Showcase


ESIP Community Fellows will serve a year-long term starting in December through the following November. Fellows will receive a stipend of $2,000 for participation, paid in two installments (one at the July ESIP Meeting and one at the conclusion of the year only if fellow attended both meetings). In addition, ESIP will cover required travel expenses. Participation following the July ESIP Meeting is contingent on satisfactory performance.

There will be an option to renew for a second year at the end of the first year.

Application Procedure

Applicants for the fellowship should complete the application form.

Applications must include a single PDF file with:

  • Cover letter explaining:
    • your graduate program
    • which Collaboration Areas you would like to work with
    • how your research interests align with your top Collaboration Areas
  • Graduate transcript
  • One letter of recommendation
NOTE: Applications open in late August with a deadline in early October (dates to be announced). Zoom interviews will be conducted in mid-October.

Past ESIP Community Fellows

2024 Fellows

  • Abel Aragon | George Mason Univ. Earth Systems Science | Data Stewardship
  • Anthony Pignatelli | Univ. of S. Carolina Biological Sciences | Envirosensing
  • Chenyue Jiao | Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences | Council of Data Facilities
  • Colette Brown | Univ. of California Berkeley Energy & Resources Group | Wildfires
  • Debasish Mishra | Texas A&M Biological & Agricultural Engineering | Soil Ontologies & Informatics
  • Jiyin Zhang | Univ. of Idaho Computer Science | Semantic Technologies
  • Lauren Holian | Univ. of S. Carolina Biological Sciences | Open Science
  • Md Sariful (Sharif) Islam | MIT Media Lab Space Enabled Research Group | Information Technology & Interoperability
  • Natalie Raia | Univ. of Arizona School of Information | Physical Sample Curation
  • Nelofar Qulizada | Univ. of Arkansas – Fayetteville Geosciences | Disaster Lifecycle

2023 Fellows

  • Jake Gearon | Indiana University | Envirosensing Cluster
  • Chhaya Kulkarni | University of Maryland, Baltimore County | Data Readiness Cluster
  • Chad Lanctot | University of Tennessee | Physical Samples Cluster
  • Michael Mahoney | State University of New York | Information Technology & Interoperability Committee
  • Sruti Modekurty | Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters in Urban Climate and Sustainability | Community Resilience Cluster
  • Kyla Richards | Hawaii Pacific University | Biological Data Standards Cluster
  • Daniel Segessenman | George Mason University | Data Stewardship Committee
  • Morgan Wofford | Univ. of Michigan | Open Science Cluster

2022 Fellows

  • James Coll | Univ. of Kansas | Cloud Computing Cluster
  • Sahara Ali | Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County | Air Quality Cluster
  • Jake Gearon | Indiana Univ. | Envirosensing Cluster
  • Qian Huang | Univ. of South Carolina | Disaster Lifecycle Cluster
  • Sara Lafia | Univ. of Michigan | Semantic Technologies Committee
  • Michael Mahoney | State Univ. of New York | Machine Learning Cluster
  • Morgan Wofford | Univ. of Michigan | Community Resilience Cluster
  • Daniel Segessenman | Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison | Data Stewardship Committee

2021 Fellows

  • Christine Gregg | Community Resilience Cluster | University of Michigan
  • Qian Huang | Disasters Lifecycle Cluster | University of South Carolina
  • Ned Molder | Public-Private Partnerships Cluster | University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Kristina Fauss | Envirosensing Cluster | University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Sara Lafia | Discovery Cluster | University of Michigan
  • Cindy Lin | Machine Learning Cluster | University of Michigan
  • Jackie Guz | Ag & Climate Cluster | National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center
  • Marion McKenzie | Community Data Cluster | University of Virginia

2020 Fellows

  • Kai Blumberg | | U. of Arizona
  • Eleanor Davis | Ag & Climate | U. of S. Carolina
  • Alexis Garretson | Data Stewardship | Brigham Young U.
  • Yuhan Rao | Machine Learning | U. of Maryland
  • Blake Regalia | Semantic Technologies | U. of California Santa Barbara
  • Zachary Robbins | Community Resilience | North Carolina State U.
  • Ben Roberts-Pierel | ESIP Lab | Oregon State U.

2018-2019 Fellows

  • Rose Borden | Information Quality | U. of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Patrick Chandler | CLEAN | U. of Colorado, Boulder
  • Eleanor Davis | Ag & Climate | U. of S. Carolina
  • Alexis Garretson | Data Stewardship | Brigham Young U.
  • Daven Quinn | IT&I | Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Yuhan Rao | Machine Learning | U. of Maryland
  • Zachary Robbins | Semantic Technologies | North Carolina State U.
  • Ben Roberts-Pierel | ESIP Lab | Oregon State U.
  • Katy Rico | Education Committee | U. of Michigan
  • Connor Scully-Allison | Envirosensing | U. of Nevada, Reno

2017-2018 Fellows

  • Matt Bartos, EnviroSensing (University of Michigan)
  • Patrick Chandler, Education (University of Colorado, Boulder)
  • Jessica Fayne, Disaster Lifecycle (University of California Los Angeles)
  • Connor Scully-Allison, Usability (University of Nevada, Reno)
  • Katie Siegner, Ag & Climate (Yale University)
  • Ranalda Tsosie, Science Communication (University of Montana)

2017-2016 Fellows

  • Johanna Bozuwa, Education (Universiteit Utrecht)
  • Matt Bartos, EnviroSensing (University of Michigan)
  • Yonyao Jiang, Data Discovery(George Mason University)
  • Ryan Crumley, Cloud Computing (Oregon State University)
  • Jamie Collins, Data Stewardship (University of Washington)
  • Andrea Thomer, Semantic Technologies (University of Illinois)
  • Mingshu Wang, Science Communication (University of Georgia)

2015-2016 Fellows

  • Alison Adams, EnviroSensing (University of Vermont)
  • Fei Hu, Cloud Computing (George Mason University)
  • Sam Silva, Discovery (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Chris Beltz, Agriculture and Climate (University of Wyoming)
  • Sophie Hou, Data Stewardship (University of Illinois)
  • Sean Barberie, Disaster Lifecycle (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
  • Lindsay Barbieri, Data Analytics (University of Vermont)
  • Johanna Bozuwa, Education (Universiteit Utrecht)

2014-2015 Fellows

  • Lindsay Barbieri, Agriculture and Climate (University of Vermont)
  • Sean Barberie, Disaster Lifecycle (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
  • Sophie Hou, Data Stewardship (University of Illinois)
  • Fox Peterson, EnviroSensing (Oregon State University)
  • Nic Weber, Science Software (University of Illinois)
  • Brandon Whitehead, Semantic Web (University of Aukland)

2013-2014 Fellows

  • Reid Boehm, Agriculture and Climate (University of Tennessee)
  • Kevin Dobbs, Disaster Response (University of Kansas)
  • Kelly Monteleone, Documentation (University of New Mexico Ph.D. 2013)
  • Kyle Nelson, Education (University of Wisconsin)
  • Sarah Ramdeen, Data Stewardship (University of North Carolina)
  • Nic Weber, Science Software (University of Illinois)

2012-2013 Fellows

  • Reid Boehm
  • Cathy Vaughan
  • Eric A. Sproles
  • Brent Maddux
  • Eric Rozell
  • Ajinkya Kulkarni
  • Angela Murillo
  • Sarah Ramdeen
  • Tommy Jasmin
  • Kelly Monteleone
  • Sarah Clark

2011-2012 Fellows

  • Brent Maddux, Data Preservation and Stewardship (University of Wisconsin)
  • Eric Rozell, Discovery (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
  • Jesse Roberts, Education (University of Wisconsin)
  • Oleg Aulov, Information Quality (University of Maryland)
  • Tom Narock, Semantic Web (University of Maryland)
  • Yasmin Zaerpoor, Energy and Climate (Columbia University)