The Allen Institute for Brain Science and the University of Washington's eScience Institute and Computational Neuroscience Center have announced the launch of a five-year, $9 million data science and neuroscience fellowship program.
Funded by the Shanahan Family Foundation ($6 million) and the Allen Institute ($3 million), the Shanahan Foundation Fellowship at the Interface of Data and Neuroscience will award three-year fellowships to up to three early-career data scientists per year, including PhD researchers with a background in statistics, computer science, physics, engineering, mathematics, or similar fields. Fellows will be based at the Allen Institute and will be assigned a primary mentor from the institute and a co-mentor from the University of Washington. The program, which launches in the fall, is open for applications.
"We have these massive, ever-growing brain-centric datasets at the Allen Institute, and there are so many discoveries waiting to be made," said Christof Koch, chief scientist of the MindScope Program at the Allen Institute and director of the fellowship program. "While our data are open for anyone in the community to use, it's not always intuitive for those without a neuroscience background to know where to begin. With this new program, we're aiming to attract bright, early-career researchers from quantitative data science fields and help guide them to apply their analytic and computational skills to answer important questions about the brain."