What are the start and end dates for the 2018 Fellowship?

Chicago Program Dates May 28 - August 17, 2018 (For students coming from the quarter system who absolutely cannot start on May 28, we will have a second start date on June 11) Lisbon Program Dates May 28 - August 17, 2018 (For students coming from the quarter system who absolutely cannot [...]

What is the goal of the Fellowship?

The Fellowship is a project-based training program designed to produce data scientists with strong skills in solving real-world problems and an understanding, excitement, and passion for solving problems with social impact. We have three goals (prioritized in that order): Training Fellows: We want to help create the next generation of data scientists who have the [...]

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2018 programs are available. Go here to apply.

Who is an ideal Fellow?

We want a mix of people who make up an ideal community for the summer Fellowship. There is no single profile for a fellow. Successful Fellows have different skill profiles and backgrounds. Everyone has some programming, statistics and data analysis skills in addition to a passion for making social impact. Some are stronger at Computer [...]

What year do I have to be in school to apply?

Although we'd love to have people at all levels involved, we prefer you to be a graduate student or at least a senior in college to get the most out of this program. This is because we have learned throughout the years of the Fellowship that Fellows with prior skills are able to both get [...]

How competitive is admission to the DSSG summer Fellowship program?

In 2016, we read 900 applications to fill 42 places in our DSSG fellows cohort.

Who should my recommenders be?

Your recommenders should be the two people who know you best. It is not mandatory that they are faculty members at your university, but they can be professors, advisers, employers, etc.

Can I change my recommenders?

If necessary, yes. Please do the following: 1) Send the link to the new reference. 2) Send us the name of, contact info of, and your relation to the new reference at dssguchicago at gmail dot com. 3) Send us the name and contact info of the reference you'd like to remove at dssguchicago at [...]

At what time on the 31st do applications close?

Fellow applications close at midnight Chicago time.

What if my recommendation letters come in after the deadline?

Any recommendations submitted after the deadline will be added to your application, but reviewers can only take into account information available to them at the time of review so we highly recommend you ensure your recommendations are in before the deadline.