The following post is by Laura Newman, a Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation and Coordinator of the Panton Fellowships.

  • Funding for scientists who promote open data.
  • £8,000 over one year, plus a small discretionary budget for travel and related expenses.
  • How would you promote open data in science?
  • See the Panton Principles’ website for full details and how to apply.


The Panton Fellowships are designed to support scientists who promote open data. Following our previous announcement, this is a reminder that the deadline for applications is Friday 24th February

  • The Panton Fellowships are for scientists who actively promote open data in science.
  • Panton Fellowships are designed to be flexible, and there is scope for Fellows to carry out a wide variety of activities. Applicants are encouraged to propose their own work plan.
  • Panton Fellows may wish to initiate discussion about the role and value of openness, explore practical solutions for making data open, and push for change in scientific practices.

Panton Fellowships are open to all applicants, and are particularly suited to graduate students and early-stage career stage scientists.

Please Note: Panton Fellowships are not full-time positions and are not inteded to cover full economic costs. Fellows will continue to work and/or study at their current institution for the duration of the Fellowship. You should ensure that you have permission from all relevant employers/funders.


We firmly believe that open data means better science. Panton Fellowships were created in order to support scientists who are interested in open data, particularly whilst they are launching their career. The scheme is overseen by a distinguished Advisory Board, which includes:

  • Dr Rufus Pollock – Co-founder and Director of the Open Knowledge Foundation
  • Dr Peter Murray-Rust – Emeritus Reader of Chemistry at Cambridge
  • Dr Cameron Neylon – Senior Scientist in Biomolecular Sciences at the ISIS Neutron Scattering facility
  • John Wilbanks – Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Dr Tim Hubbard – Representative of Bioinformatics at the Sanger Institute

Dr Cameron Neylon commented on the ‘real potential’ of the Fellowships to influence practice surrounding open data in the scientific community.

‘Panton Fellowships will allow those who are still deeply involved in research to think closely about the policy and technical issues surrounding open data’, said Dr Neylon. By allowing scientists the scope both to explore the ‘big picture’ and also to work on specific technical solutions to individual problems, the Panton Fellowships have the potential to make a real impact upon the practice of open data in science.

How to Apply

Full details on how to apply can be found at the Panton Principles website.

  • Applicants should send a CV and covering letter to jobs [@] by 24th February explaining as a Panton Fellow, what you would do, make or change.
  • To be eligible, applicants should have the relevant rights to work in the UK, and reasonably expect to be working and/or studying in the UK until March 2013.
  • For further details, see the website
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