Tisch Library Graduate Data Awards 

The Tisch Library Graduate Data Research Fund program provides financial support for graduate students in the Schools of Arts, Sciences & Engineering who are interested in purchasing research data for use in their projects. It is intended to provide one-time grants to support the purchase or licensing of data necessary to a substantial research project conducted by graduate students in AS&E. Awards will likely be in the $500–750 range. 

Applicants will be asked to describe their project and data needs in a short application, then will be asked to conduct a reference interview with the chair of the award committee (Ari Gofman) and their liaison librarian. Afterwards, library staff will work with the data vendor to make the data available to the Tufts community, if possible, although proprietary data is also eligible for the award. The awardee will commit to posting the final project on the Tufts Digital Library, as well as the code, codebook, and other data-related products as allowed by licensing. Applications will be considered at a priority deadline date each semester (about 4–6 weeks after classes start) and on a rolling basis at other times of the year. The initial pilot will also include a needs assessment study of the data requirements of graduate students and their research process, with the goal of publishing a paper.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this award you must: 

  • Be a graduate student (Masters or PhD) in the School of Arts & Sciences or the Graduate School of Engineering
  • Require the data for a significant research project (although it can be supplementary to existing data)
  • Be willing to share your research (as much as possible) through the Tufts Digital Library and Dataverse

Details of the award

Applicants for support from the Tisch Library Graduate Data Research Fund agree:

  • To meet with the chair of the award committee and liaison librarian to discuss their research needs
  • Materials created as part of this award will be submitted to Tisch Library to be deposited in the open access Tufts Digital Library under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. Material is deposited in the Tufts Digital Library under the terms of a non-exclusive deposit license. This will include the final project (e.g., thesis or dissertation) and data-related products such as code and codebook. If possible, the library will license the data to be available to the Tufts community, although proprietary data is also eligible for the award. 
  • Material may also be shared elsewhere in Tufts communications, such as the Tisch Library website.
  • Applicants will be invited to participate in a needs assessment, and participation and/or answers given will not affect eligibility for or evaluation of an application. 

Application process

To apply, submit your application form here.  

In evaluating the applications, we will consider:

  • Applicants who have clear objectives for utilizing this specific dataset in their project
  • Applicants whose data is available to the Tufts community, though proprietary, single-user data may be considered
  • Applicants who commit to posting the final project on the Tufts Digital Library, as well as the code, codebook, and other data-related products as allowed by licensing
  • Importance of the data for the given research 
  • The potential impact of the research to the university and broader community 
  • Availability of alternative sources of data that can address the research question, either freely available or already licensed at Tufts 

Applications will be assessed utilizing a rubric.  After awards are announced, library acquisitions staff will directly work with the vendor of the requested data to purchase access. 

Timeline 

Priority deadline is 11:59pm on Friday October 15th. Applications after that date in the fall semester will be considered on a rolling basis. Evaluation will occur the following week, and responses should be expected in 2-3 weeks, although expedited review may be requested to be considered at the committee's discretion. Data purchase will be completed by library acquisitions and may take up to eight weeks depending on the complexity of the license. 

Questions?

If you have any questions about the awards or application process, get in touch with Ari Gofman, Chair of the Tisch Library Graduate Data Award.