Paid Fellowship Program Opens Student Application Period

Paid Fellowship Program Opens Student Application Period

Apply for a paid geospatial data analysis fellowship with Summer of Maps!

Students – click here to apply!

What is Summer of Maps?

Summer of Maps is a fellowship program that matches nonprofit organizations that have spatial analysis needs with students pursuing careers in geospatial data analysis to complete projects over a three-month period during the summer.

Check out this video to learn more about Summer of Maps.

Apply for a Paid Fellowship

Applications are now open for students for the Azavea Summer of Maps program.

Summer of Maps offers $6,000 paid fellowships to student spatial analysts to perform geographic data analysis for nonprofit organizations. Students will pick from hand selected, engaging projects submitted by nonprofits as part of the application process.

What Will Fellows Do?

  • Pick the projects that interest you most during the application process
  • Work closely with mentors
  • Be trained to use the most current GIS practices and systems in a real-life context
  • Write budgets and proposals
  • Participate in client meetings
  • Work directly with your clients
  • Present your final analyses to colleagues, clients, and their potential funders
  • Be interviewed by the press to back up your findings
  • Work in our office in Philadelphia, PA
  • Receive a $6,000 stipend

You can also read blogs written by our 2016 fellows or explore the projects they completed to learn more about the type of projects fellows typically complete.

2017 Timeline

  • March 19, 11pm: Deadline for Students to submit applications
  • Late March to Early April: Candidates are evaluated through interviews and analysis tasks
  • May 1: 2017 Summer of Maps fellows and Projects will be announced
  • June 1 to Aug 23: Summer of Maps fellows work on spatial analysis projects


This is a paid fellowship program opened to full-time or part-time students. Azavea defines a student as an individual accepted into or enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution located in the United States, including community colleges, universities, masters, PhD and undergraduate programs. Alternatively, you may be enrolled in an accredited non-U.S. university, but you must have a valid work visa that enables you to work in the United States (we are not able to sponsor you for a visa or provide travel expenses for travel to the U.S.).  If you are accepted into or enrolled in a college or university program as of April 2015, you are eligible to participate in the program, even if you will graduate during the program. You must be available to work at the Azavea office in Philadelphia starting on June 1, 2015.

Azavea may ask you to provide transcripts or other documentation from your accredited institution as proof of enrollment or admission status. You do not need to be in a Geography or GIS program in order to apply, but you should have experience performing analysis using desktop GIS software.

How Do I Apply?

Click the button below to apply to become a 2017 Summer of Maps fellow. Use the guide we developed to help prepare your application.

Applications are due Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Students – click here to apply!

Sponsor a Student

Help support this program that gives students a educational professional experience and helps nonprofits achieve greater positive impact through data analysis.

Please reach out if you are interested in sponsoring a fellow, mentor, or nonprofit organization for 2017!

If you would like more information about the Summer of Maps program or about ways you can get involved, contact