Call for Applications for Trusted CI's Open Science Cybersecurity Fellows Program
Application Deadline: Friday, January 17th, 2020.
Trusted CI serves the scientific community as the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, providing leadership in and assistance in cybersecurity in the support of research. In 2019, Trusted CI established the Open Science Cybersecurity Fellows program. This program establishes and supports a network of Fellows with diversity in both geography and scientific discipline. These fellows have access to training and other resources to foster their professional development in cybersecurity. In exchange, they champion cybersecurity for science in their scientific and geographic communities and communicate challenges and successful practices to Trusted CI.
About the program
The vision for the Fellows program is to identify members of the scientific community, empower them with basic knowledge of cybersecurity and an understanding of Trusted CI’s services, and then have them serve as cybersecurity liaisons to their respective communities. They then assist members of the community with basic cybersecurity challenges and connect them with Trusted CI for advanced challenges.
Trusted CI selects six fellows each year. Fellows will receive recognition, cybersecurity professional development consisting of training and travel funding. The Fellows’ training consists of a Virtual Institute, providing 20 hours of basic cybersecurity training over six months. The training is delivered by Trusted CI staff and invited speakers. The Virtual Institute is presented as a weekly series via Zoom and recorded to be publicly available for later online viewing. Domestic travel support is budgeted (during their first year only) to cover fellows’ attendance at the NSF Cybersecurity Summit, PEARC, and one professional development opportunity agreed to with Trusted CI. The Fellows will be added to an email list to discuss any challenges they encounter that will receive prioritized attention from Trusted CI staff. Trusted CI will recognize the Fellows on its website and social media. Fellowships are funded for one year but will be encouraged to continue to participating in TrustedCI activities in the years following their fellowship year.
After the Virtual Institute, Fellows, with assistance from the Trusted CI team, will be expected to help their science community with cybersecurity and make them aware of Trusted CI for complex needs. By the end of the year, they will be expected to present or write a short white paper on the cybersecurity needs of their community and some initial steps they will take (or have taken) to address these needs. After the year of full support, Trusted CI will continue recognizing the cohort of Fellows and giving them prioritized attention. Over the years, this growing cohort of Fellows will broaden and diversify Trusted CI’s impact.
Applicants will be required to submit:
A description of their connection to the research community. Any connection to NSF projects should be clearly stated, ideally providing the NSF award number.
A statement of interest in cybersecurity.
A two-page biosketch.
A letter from their supervisor supporting their involvement and time commitment to the program.
A commitment to fully participate in the Fellows activities for one year (and optionally thereafter).
In addition, applicants may provide optional demographic information as part of their application.
The selection of Fellows will be made by the Trusted CI PIs, the Trusted CI Advisory Committee, prior Fellows, and Senior Personnel based on the following criteria:
Demonstrated connection to scientific research, with preference given to those who demonstrate a connection to NSF-funded science.
Articulated interest in cybersecurity.
Fellows that broaden Trusted CI’s impact across all seven NSF research directorates (Trusted CI encourages applications for individuals with connections to NSF directorates other than CISE), with connections to any of the NSF 10 Big Ideas, or Fellows that increase the participation of underrepresented populations.
Who should apply?
Professionals and post-docs interested in cybersecurity for science, with evidence of that in their past and current role
Research Computing, Data, and IT technical or policy professionals interested in applying cybersecurity innovations to scientific research
Domain scientists interested in data integrity aspects of scientific research
Scientists from all across the seven NSF research directorates interested in how data integrity fits with their scientific mission
Researchers in the NSF 10 Big Ideas interested in cybersecurity needs
Regional network security personnel working across universities and facilities in their region
People comfortable collaborating and communicating across multiple institutions with IT / CISO / Research Computing and Data professionals
Anyone in a role relevant to cybersecurity for open science
More about the Fellowship
Fellows come from a variety of career stages, they demonstrate a passion for their area, the ability to communicate ideas effectively, and a real interest in the role of cybersecurity in research. Fellows are empowered to talk about cybersecurity to a wider audience, network with others who share a passion for cybersecurity for open science, and learn key skills that benefit them and their collaborators.
If you have questions about the Fellows program, please let us know by email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Deadline: Friday, January 17th, 2020. Apply here.
Applicants will be notified by: Friday, February 14th, 2020.