PEPI-G: Program to Empower Partnership with Industry and Government

Program Description

The Program to Empower Partnerships with Industry and Government (PEPI-G) supports faculty members, research scientists, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students (rising juniors and seniors as of 2019) from the 16 states that comprise the South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub (South BD Hub). Fellowships will last 10 weeks starting June 17, 2019, but can be extended based on approval. Fellows will receive a stipend of $5000/month. The overarching goals of the program are three-fold (1) support academics in developing relationships with industry and government for research collaboration and career success; (2) increase the capacity of students to enter the workforce landscape in data science, computing, and Big Data; (3) provide real-world impact through hands-on experience in data science.

See Previous Fellows and Their Feedback Here

2019 Partner

The Department of Homeland Security – Advanced Research Projects Agency (DHS-ARPA) announces slots for PEPI-G and for full-time fellows.
DA-E lab infrastructure consists of industry-standard servers and network gear, custom appliances built on the premise, and commercial and private cloud capabilities. Software consists of open source, commercial, and GOTS (Government-off-the-Shelf) tools. Examples include Hadoop, Spark, Aster Data, R, MySQL, Oracle, MongoDB, and various business intelligence, geospatial, and language processing applications.

DHS’ identified Priority Areas:

  • Human Trafficking – Examining social media to aid in the fight against human trafficking focusing on Non-Text Data, Automating Search and Scalability
  • Real-time Analytics for Multi-party, Metro-scale Networks (RAMMMNets) – Data associated with the Internet-of-Things presents challenges to the analytic environments that inform human decision making.
  • Other Topics – Faculty fellows may propose other research topics for consideration. View the program announcement for more details.


A qualifying applicant must be an:

  • US Citizen
  • Academic professional (i.e. faculty, post-doctoral researcher, research scientist),
  • Graduate student, or
  • Rising junior and senior undergraduates (as of 2019)

Applicants must complete a minimum of 10 weeks for the fellowship.
Selected individuals will receive a stipend of $5000/month. Applicants must be engaged at an accredited U.S. college or university, within the 16 southern states that comprise the South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub (South BD Hub), including Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Big Data Hub membership is required. Sign Up Here

Participant Selection

Each applicant will be assessed based on merit, expected outcomes, and long term impact on the individual and/or institution.

Application Requirments

  • Completed Application Form
  • Resume, Biographical sketch, or CV.
  • Background description (1 page max). A clear and detailed statement describing your background and interest in one of the proposed DHS priority areas above.

Important Dates

  • April 1, 2019 – Application announced
  • May 1, 2019 – Application Due
  • June 17, 2019 – Fellowship Start Date

About the South Big Data Hub The South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub is part of a network of four National Big Data Hubs funded by the National Science Foundation. The South Big Data Hub is operated by the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) and RENCI (Chapel Hill, NC), with a vision to be a connection point to Big Data partnerships, assets, people, and opportunities. Our goal is to connect academia, industry, government, and
community partners throughout the southern United States with a focus on solving challenges in priority areas faced by our region. The broad priority areas for the South Big Data Hub are:

  • Data Science Education and Workforce
  • Data Sharing and Cyberinfrastructure
  • Environment
  • Health and Health Disparities
  • Materials and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Smart Cities and Communities
  • Social Cybersecurity