/Fellows

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 2017 program will likely be available by December 5th, 2016. To apply, you will have to fill out the application form and provide two letters of recommendation.

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?

Last year, we read 900 applications to fill 42 places in our 2016 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.

When will I find out if I was admitted?

Please refer to our Important Dates & Deadlines tab.

Are you only looking for tech and computer science geeks?

No, not at all! We love CS geeks but in order to solve high impact problems, we seek a mix of skills. We want people from all kinds of backgrounds including sociology, economics, public policy, public health, geography, physics, and chemistry. However, we do want you to have experience with data analysis and a passion [...]

Is it a full-time program and do I have to be in Chicago?

Yes. And yes.

Do I have to be a student to apply?

Not necessarily but this is designed for current student or recent graduates. If you have finished a degree (undergrad, Masters, PhD) in the past couple of years, you should be ok to apply. We've had post-docs, as well as people in industry (recent graduates), and people in between undergrad and gradschool come as fellows in [...]