AidData Summer Fellows

AidData Summer Fellows

AidData Summer Fellows improve the capacity of civil society in developing countries to use geocoded data, which localizes development funding and activities down to the district, town or street corner level. Funded by USAID, summer fellows embed with local universities, think tanks and civil society groups for two to three months, equipping local organizations with the skills to use this data in program planning, advocacy and research.

In June 2014, twenty-one student researchers from seven universities deployed to Nepal, Uganda, Timor-Leste, Senegal and Mexico to serve as AidData Summer Fellows. They assisted twelve civil society organizations to incorporate subnational aid and development data into their daily work. 

2015 AidData Summer Fellows

In partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Development Lab, the AidData Center for Development Policy is now seeking undergraduate and graduate students for our 2015 Summer Fellows Program. Selected participants have the opportunity to work with development stakeholder organizations primarily in Nepal and Uganda, with the potential for further opportunities in additional countries as they arise.

After attending a week-long intensive training session at the Center in Williamsburg, VA in late May, selected finalists will then travel to their assigned post for a 10 week embed with a host organization. While there, Summer Fellows will leverage AidData's geospatial data and tools to further the goals and work of their respective host organizations.

Applications are open to all undergraduate and graduate students. This is an unpaid position and selected fellows are encouraged to seek funding from their home academic institutions.

To apply for the AidData Summer Fellows program, send a short (1-2 page) resume and a cover letter to Alena Stern and Lauren Harrison ( by January 5, 2015.

AidData Summer Fellows: Summer 2015 Application