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The Center for High Throughput Computing Fellows Program

The CHTC Fellows Program trains students in the development and use of cyberinfrastructure through a 12-week summer program where participants will work with mentors on delivering a project that will make an impact on the nation’s science.

The Program aims to provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to connect with mentors within the community. Projects opportunities for students include collaboratively developing software for high throughput computing and cyberinfrastructure, operating complex service environments, and facilitating the use of large-scale computational services. It provides students with insight into how scientists use research computing as a tool to advance their research.

What is CHTC?

CHTC is a research center within UW-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research with an aim of advancing the concepts of High Throughput Computing (HTC). Its activities include developing the HTCondor Software Suite (HTCSS) which has over 30 years of experience in tackling HTC problems; leading the PATh project, which, with the OSG Consortium, provides a national-scale environment for distributed HTC; developing the Pelican Platform for large-scale dataset distribution; and advancing the concept of Research Computing Facilitation which empowers scientists to use computing as a tool to advance their research.

How do you find a project?

As part of the application process, students will be paired with potential mentors to develop the project ideas from the suggested projects list; project submissions are due prior to the start of the summer. Projects can be large- or medium-sized, taking about 480 or 240 hours to complete, respectively.

The CHTC Fellows Program aims to be inclusive of students at all levels of experience and skill sets; a willingness to learn and interest in science is prioritized over past accomplishments.

For summer 2024, projects are available in the following areas:

Research Facilitation

Are you interested in and comfortable with collaborative problem-solving, documentation and training, and community building? Are you looking for opportunities to learn about technologies, collaborate with teammates, and develop skills to communicate about technical concepts to a general audience?

Infrastructure Services

Are you interested in state of the art hardware, complex systems and leading technologies? Are you interested in expanding your skills by learning about these diverse technologies, including Linux servers, networking, Kubernetes, distributed file systems, batch systems, and databases?

Software Development

Are you comfortable with programming skills acquired from coursework or dedicated training activities? Are you interested in building on those skills to gain experience in a project in support of scientific research?

How it Works

Fellows work with a mentor to develop a project relevant to one of the areas listed. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend for participating in the Program, during their fellowship. In-person participation at CHTC is preferred to maximize interaction with mentors and others in the cohort, but remote involvement is an option for some projects for those based outside of the Madison, Wisconsin area. However, you must be located in the United States during the Fellowship Program to participate.


  • You must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited University or College within the US.
  • You must have completed at least 1 academic year by the start of the Fellowship.
  • U.S. citizenship is not required to participate.
  • In order to ensure the safety of the workplace, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required unless an exemption is granted for medical, disability or religious reasons.

Duration of fellowship and total stipend:

  • The Fellowship Program lasts for 12 weeks during Summer 2024. The Program will begin on June 3 and end on August 23, 2024.
  • The Program provides $650/week stipend for large projects and $325/week stipend for medium projects. The stipends will be dispersed monthly.
  • It is expected that a Fellow working on a large project is available full time during the fellowship period and will not have another significant activity (such as classes, another trainee position or a job) in the same time period.
  • Applications are now open - deadline 8 March, 2024 (any time zone).

Developing a project

  • After you apply, we will make a first selection of candidates and reach out to you for a “matchmaking discussion” with a mentor to discuss possible projects.
  • It is not necessary to prepare a project proposal before application, however including information on your potential interests as part of the application will help us match you with a mentor.
  • With the help of the mentor, the students will develop and submit a short 2-page project proposal and timeline. Based on that, we will make a final fellows selection.
  • During the Fellowship, you will work with your mentor and other collaborators. You will also make a short presentation about your project to other Fellows and Mentors as you start your Fellowship, another midway through the project to show your progress and a final presentation about your results at the very end.


To apply, send an email to with the following information:

  • A resume/CV (in PDF format) with contact information. Be sure to include your full name, email address, the name of your university or college and your current or planned major and/or area of study.
  • A cover letter that describes your interest in the internship program. For example, you may wish to expand on 3 or 4 topics from the following list: your background, your skills, and strengths; what software, computing or scientific topics appeal to you; previous research experience, if any; what you may want to pursue as a future career; and what benefits you would like to gain from this program. If you already have a potential project which interests you from the project lists above, you can also mention them here. It is however not required to have a mentor/project finalized to submit an application. Successful applicants will be connected to mentors to select and define their projects in a 2nd step following this application.


  • Friday 8 March, 2024 - Final deadline for applications (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they arrive.)
  • Friday 15 March, 2024 - End of selection period for applications. Those selected will be matched to work with mentors on developing a proposal - this may involve a short interview and other follow-up. (Interviews for selected applicants will occur on a rolling basis.)
  • Monday 1 April, 2024 - Deadline for submission of proposals. (Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.)
  • By 15 April, 2023 - Final selection of Fellows for summer 2024
  • June-August - Fellows work on projects.


External funding support for the CHTC Fellows Program is provided by the National Science Foundation through Cooperative Agreement OAC-2030508 and Grant OAC-2331480. Support for this program is also provided by UW-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research.

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