APPLIED RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
Enhance your data capacity
The Applied Research Fellowship program application (formerly the “Community Research Assistantship” program) is now open. The program has shifted to a virtual format which means that all Maine-based organizations are eligible to apply. Deadline to apply is July 10th.
The Applied Research Fellowship Program places DIP-trained graduate students from the University of Southern Maine in community organizations to support their applied research and evaluation efforts. Through this program, community organizations are able to enhance their data capacity with a fully-funded graduate student who can focus exclusively on the organization’s research/evaluation work. Graduate students get the opportunity to work with an outside partner, receive professional development and mentorship with the DIP, and develop applied research and program evaluation skills in the social sector.
The fellowship program is now open to all Maine-based organizations. Applying organizations will need to submit proposals that outline research or evaluation work that can be performed remotely by a fellow. Details on what to include in a proposal are below.
How does this work?
- Interested community organizations apply to have a fellow placed at their organization. Interested graduate students apply to receive a fellowship. For more information about the application process, go to the “Community Organizations” or “Students” boxes below.
- The DIP selects a final number of student and community organization applicants and pairs them based on their application’s merit, interests, and skills/experience.
- With DIP support, the selected host site and fellow establish a project(s) that will be the primary focus of their work for the year.
- To finish the year, fellows present on the results of their work and submit all agreed upon deliverables to their host site and the DIP.
Timing and Investment
- The placement spans the academic year (September-May; 30 weeks in total)
- Fellows work 10 hours each week and receive a $4,800 stipend for the academic year plus a $3,000 scholarship.
- The stipend and scholarship costs are covered by the Data Innovation Project.
DIP Support and Resources
Throughout the program, DIP staff will:
- Function as liaison between the fellow and community organization and offer technical assistance and supervision when needed.
- Facilitate monthly peer group meetings for fellows.
- Deliver 3-4 workshops for fellows to support their project work.
- Invite host sites to attend any DIP workshops and events free of charge while they are hosting a fellow.
Successful Project Examples
- Evaluation plan and data collection systems improvement for a Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Program.
- Facilitation of aligned performance measurement across multiple programs and data dashboards to support continuous quality improvement and external reporting of a health access organization.
- A data development plan to better understand the racial disparities of Native youth in the foster care system.
- Primary research on the relationship between client supports and number of episodes of care at a community detoxification program.