Millennium Constellations - Photography by Jack Offord

Millennium Constellations - Photography by Jack Offord

Apply to be a Data Fellow

The South West Creative Technology Network are offering 24 paid fellowships to people from industry and academia, as well as those in the early stages of their careers, to think deeply about the potential, challenges and opportunities in the future of Data.

What do we mean by Data?

Data is information, and data is everywhere. Data and how it is used consistently influences our choices and opinions, raising questions about data governance, responsibility and ethics. Those who create, collect, collate, hold, trade and preserve data are now in a very powerful position. The creative industries and creative technologies are central to this new world, and how they respond to its challenges and opportunities are crucial to this call.

We are looking for people to explore the frontiers of data, to ask: What already exists? What’s new and what’s good in data? Where are the gaps in the market and in our knowledge? What are the challenges? What opportunities are out there? What are the possibilities? Come and join us as a paid Fellow. This is a unique and exciting chance to step back from commercial, academic or career pressures, and focus on new and innovative areas of research, exploration and collaboration.

Fellowships run from April 2020 through to January 2021, with most time commitment required in the first three months (April to June 2020). They are part time and candidates must have a meaningful relationship to South West England.

Each Fellow will receive a £12k bursary to support time and research costs; they will get support and mentoring from Producing teams and Creative Technologists from Watershed and Kaleider; and they will become part of a diverse cohort of Automation Fellows who they can bounce ideas off.

How to apply?

If you'd like to apply - please read the brief carefully. Find out more about how to apply on the SWCTN site, where you can also find some FAQs. Get in touch with Melissa Blackburn (, Producer at Watershed, if you have any questions or want to talk to us over the phone or on Skype.

The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) is a £6.5 million project to expand the use of creative technologies across the region. Funded by Research England, the network will offer three one-year funded programmes around the themes of immersion, automation and data. This new network is led by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), in partnership with Watershed in Bristol, Kaleider in Exeter, Bath Spa University, the University of Plymouth and Falmouth University.

Closing Date: Monday, 9 December 2019 - 17:00