SSI Fellowship Programme

The Software Sustainability Institute (SSI)‘s Fellowship Programme provides funding for researchers who want to improve how research software is used in their domains and/or area of work.

Each Fellow is given £3,000 to spend over fifteen months. This funding can be used for any activities that meet both the Fellow’s and the Institute’s goals, such as travel to workshops, running training events such as software carpentry, data carpentry or library carpentry, nurturing or contributing to communities of practice, collaborating with other Fellows, or for any other activities that relate to computational practice or policy.

In light of the ongoing situation around COVID-19, SSI encourages applicants to consider that travel and in-person events may not always be feasible, and SSI particularly welcomes plans with online-based activities. You can read more about how our current cohort of Fellows adapted their plans to make the most of their SSI Fellowship in a COVID-19 world here.

The main goals of the programme are to improve computational practice and to promote this improvement across all disciplines. SSI encourages their Fellows to use software sustainability practices themselves and to be ambassadors of good practice in their own domains.

Our Fellows have come from a wide variety of backgrounds, experience and career stages. What they have in common is a passion for their area, the ability to communicate their ideas effectively, and a real interest in the role of software in research.

The Fellowship Programme empowers people to talk to a wider audience about the role of software in their research domain, and to develop communities around the skills they learn. They can network with others who share their interests, and learn new skills that benefit both themselves and their collaborators.

SSI greatly values their Fellows and their expertise and advice, which is reflected across all of our programmes and activities. SSI also supports projects that build on the Fellows’ initial work and help nurture communities of practice.

If you have questions about the Programme, please contact Rachael Ainsworth, Institute Community Manager at


Applications for the Fellowship Programme 2021 are open until 23:59 GMT on 5 February 2021 – Visit the SSI website to learn more and to apply.