FAQ - Fellowship Program

 

What are the dates of the program? 

Please see the Key Dates section for application deadline and schedule.  The program typically runs for 10 weeks from June to August each year, and alternate dates can be considered.  

How long is the program?

The program typically runs for 10 weeks from June to August, but alternate dates can be considered.  

Where will I be working?

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 COVID-19 restrictions and policies at Harvard.  

What is the time requirement?

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.  

What is the cost of the program?

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.  For the 2022 program, the program fee of $10,000 per person is applicable to participants from industry and is waived for those from academia.

Who will I be working with in the program?

You will be working with OpenDP faculty, researchers, developers and staff in the Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  Depending on your project, you may also work with other members of the OpenDP community. 

What resources are available in the program?

Enrolled fellows will have access to a wide selection of resources available to Harvard researchers during the program.  We may provide co-working space on site at Harvard as an option, following COVID-19 restrictions and policies at Harvard.

Do I need my employer's approval to apply for the program?

We do not require written approval from your employer for the application.  However, this is an employer-sponsored program and you are expected to dedicate at least 20% of your time to the work in this program.  For industry participants, we expect your employer to sponsor you and pay the program fee.  We require all participants to sign the OpenDP Contributor License Agreement (CLA) to provide our users the assurance of properly licensed software.  We highly recommend participants obtain their employer’s signature on the CLA.

Is there any visa/citizenship requirement? 

If you are in the U.S. on a visa during any part of the program, you must have U.S. work authorization. Depending on the type of visa you are on, you may have to work with your visa sponsor to obtain authorization to work in the program.  If you have any questions regarding visa requirements for this program, please email us at info@opendp.org

How is IP Handled?

The OpenDP project uses the MIT License for our software.  We require all fellows program participants to sign the OpenDP Contributor License Agreement (CLA) to provide our users the assurance of properly licensed software.  We highly recommend participants obtain their employer’s signature on the CLA.

When will I be notified after my application is submitted?

For applications received on or before February 18, 2022, applicants will be notified of decisions by March 18, 2022.  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. 

 Is there financial aid?

This program is intended for fully-employed engineers and scholars and does not offer financial aid. 

I am self-employed.  Can I apply?

Yes.  

How many Fellows are in this program?

We expect to enroll  4 to 6 participants in the 2022 program. 

Don’t see your question here?  Email us at info@opendp.org.