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Summer of Maps

Fellowships to USA IHE Students for
Projects Involving Data Analysis

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Deadline Date:

02/02/20 6:30 AM - in local timezone (GMT +2)


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Fellowships of $6,000 to USA and territories students at institutions of higher education for projects to analyze data that is relevant to a wide range of fields. Funding is intended for paid fellowships pairing students with qualifying nonprofits to complete challenging spatial analysis projects. Work will be done in the Philadelphia offices of Azavea during June, July, and August.

Fellows are provided with the stipend and one-on-one mentoring by the Data Analytics team with support from other Azavea teams during the 12-week fellowship. Each fellow works with two nonprofit organizations as part of the Summer of Maps team. Nonprofit organizations who submit winning project ideas will work closely with a fellow and Azavea throughout the summer and receive a completed analysis project, at no cost to the organization. Projects answer challenging data and spatial analysis questions and result in a series of data, maps, and visualizations. 

The program has several objectives for students: 

  • Provide a high quality first professional experience for students with advanced geospatial analysis skills in order to prepare them to become the next generation of GIS professionals. 
  • Develop useful geospatial analysis deliverables that can be used to improve the operations of nonprofit organizations that would otherwise not be able to do so. 

Eligible Projects will have:

  • A compelling and challenging spatial analysis problem
  • Data to support the work
  • A clear idea of how the work will be used and what deliverables would be most useful

Project Categories:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Education
  • Elections and Civil Rights
  • Environment and Ecosystems
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Health
  • Open Government
  • Public Safety
  • Transportation
  • Other

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182873

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellows are provided a $6,000 stipend and one-on-one mentoring. Fellows will be paid $2,000 each month. This is contingent upon working a 40 hour work week and making progress on the two selected projects. If fellows are unable to complete the fellowship, they will forfeit a prorated portion of the stipend.

Term of Contract:

June, July, August 2020 (twelve weeks)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Student Applicants:
Open to full-time or part-time students. The Summer of Maps program defines a student as an individual accepted into or enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution located in the United States, including community colleges, undergraduate, masters, PhD and programs. Alternatively, applicants may be enrolled in an accredited non-U.S. university, but if they are a non-citizen, they must have a valid work visa that enables work in the United States (this program is not able to sponsor students for a visa or provide travel expenses for travel to the US). If students are accepted into or enrolled in a college or university program on April 15, 2020, they are eligible to participate in the program, even if they will graduate during the program or prior to it starting.

Organization Applicants:
Organizations must be a registered 501(c)(3) and are limited to two project submissions. If an organization chooses to submit two, it should do so as separate applications rather than trying to combine them into a single application.

International organizations that have a registered US affiliate will also be considered.

Eligibility Requirements:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Next webinar: Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Pre-Application Information:

- December 4, 2019: Organization and student application opens
- February 2, 2020: Organization and student application closes
- March 2020: Fellows and Organizations announced
- June 2020: Fellowship begins
- August 2020: Fellowship ends, projects delivered to nonprofits

Applicants may be asked to provide transcripts or other documentation from their accredited institution as proof of enrollment or admission status. Applicants do not need to be in a Geography or GIS program in order to apply, but they should have experience performing geospatial analyses using desktop software or open source tools.

Students that accept the offer to participate in the program are expected to work for 12 weeks in Azavea’s Philadelphia office. Fellows are expected to adhere to a consistent weekly schedule. Applicants must be available to work at the Azavea office in Philadelphia starting on Monday, June 1, 2020.

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Guide for Student Applicants:


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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Azavea / Summer of Maps
990 Spring Garden St, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 925-2600

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