CyberGIS Fellows Program

CyberGIS—geographic information science and systems (GIS) based on advanced cyberinfrastructure—has emerged during the past several years as a vibrant interdisciplinary field impacting a broad swath of scientific domains and research areas. The NSF CyberGIS Project has contributed significantly to the development of this field. Due to the rapid development, most of the related curricula and education materials do not systematically 1) teach concepts and principles underlying cyberGIS; and 2) cover problem solving skills revolving around cyberGIS. To fill this gap, the CyberGIS Fellows Program established by the NSF CyberGIS Project aims to catalyze the development of cutting edge cyberGIS education materials and curricula. The Fellows will hold visiting appointments within the CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies and National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and have opportunities to develop collaborations with these two interdisciplinary programs.

The CyberGIS Fellows are expected to play important roles in charting the future of cyberGIS education. This program is designed to be a competitive one that provides seed funding for developing education materials in core cyberGIS competency areas including but not limited to: 1) scientific frontiers; 2) fundamentals and principles; 3) high-performance and scalable capabilities; 4) integration between advanced cyberinfrastructure and cyberGIS; 5) applications and sciences enabled by cyberGIS; and 6) social dimensions of cyberGIS and corresponding relationship to scientific domains. These six areas are not designed to be exhaustive and we welcome prospective CyberGIS Fellows to propose new areas. This fellowship opportunity is open to educators from all higher education institutions within the US.

CyberGIS Fellows are also expected to contribute to and take part in community-driven collaborative curriculum development efforts while acting as ambassadors for cyberGIS education at their home institutions. Fellows will have opportunities to collaborate with the CyberGIS Project staff and access the capabilities and services established by the Project.

Educators who are interested in this opportunity are encouraged to submit proposals. To find out more information about this program or enquire about potential proposals, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Anand Padmanabhan—the project manager of the NSF CyberGIS Project—via email:

How to Apply?

Competitive fellowship proposals will involve individual faculty or educators from higher education institutions in the US with clear outcomes that advance the state of the art of cyberGIS education. Proposal narratives are not to exceed five pages, and should include the following aspects:

  • Summary of education materials to be developed (suggested length: 1/2 page);
  • Brief description of the materials, specifically indicating how such materials will impact cyberGIS pedagogy and how they are incorporated to meet curriculum objectives and enhance students' learning (suggested length: 2-3 pages);
  • Plans for incorporating the materials in specific teaching and training activities (suggested length: 1/2 page);
  • Deliverables and milestones (suggested length: 1/2 page);
  • Budget and justification (not included in the page count); and
  • NSF-style bio-sketch of the primary faculty or educator submitting the proposal. These two pages are not included in the page count.

Fellowship proposals should be submitted via EasyChair. Both individuals and collaboration teams are eligible to submit proposals. Proposals are due by May 30, 2014, and awardees will be notified by June 14, 2014.

Budgetary Guidance

Individual fellowships can include up to $8,000 (with average budget expected to be approximately $5,000) in support over summer 2014. We anticipate 8-12 fellowships to be awarded for this round of competition. Fellowship funds can be used for the following purposes:

EasyChair Submission Instructions

  • If you do not have an EasyChair account, see the instructions for creating an account.
  • Once you have an EasyChair account you can access the CyberGIS Fellows submission page.
  • Read the "Overview" information, and then click on "New Submission."
    • Complete all the required information indicated by (*)
    • Complete the information about the author(s)
    • Complete the title using plain text
    • Complete the abstract using plain text (no special characters)
    • Provide at least three keywords
  • Upload a PDF of your proposal or click the "Abstract Only" box under "Upload Paper."
  • After you have completed the form, press Submit to submit your proposal. Press submit only ONCE. It will take time to upload the submission.

Questions or more information can be directed to Dr. Anand Padmanabhan:

Review Process

The NSF CyberGIS Project Executive Committee will review all proposals with particular attention paid to the following:

  • The pedagogy and merit of the proposed education materials;
  • Evidence or potential for high-quality cyberGIS educational activities;
  • The qualifications of the principal investigator and associated team; and
  • Feasibility of carrying out the proposed work with adequate access to necessary resources.

All awards are to be made, as funding allows, based on the committee's recommendations.

CyberGIS capabilities and services

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