Watch the DSSG Fellows present their work at Data Fest 2019 from Imperial College London (Next Data Fest from Turing Institute & University of Warwick coming August 28)

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Applications for the 2020 programs will open in Mid-November. We’re running a DSSG program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

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The Data Science for Social Good Fellowship is a summer program to train aspiring data scientists to work on data mining, machine learning, big data, and data science projects with social impact. Working closely with governments and nonprofits, fellows take on real-world problems in education, health, energy, public safety, transportation, economic development, international development, and more.

For three months they learn, hone, and apply their data science, analytical, and coding skills, collaborate in a fast-paced atmosphere, and learn from mentors coming from industry and academia.

The 2019 Summer Fellowships

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In 2019, we are expanding globally and running two programs in the UK: one in collaboration with Alan Turing Institute and University of Warwick, and the other other with Imperial College London. The 2019 programs are bringing 40 aspiring data scientists from across the world to London and Warwick. They are current (or recent) graduate and undergraduate students from quantitative and computational fields – from computer science and machine learning, to statistics, math, physical sciences and engineering, to social sciences, public health and public policy.

From June until ends of August, they are working in teams of 3-4 on data science projects in partnership with nonprofits and government agencies, to tackle data-intensive high impact problems in education, public health, public safety, transportation, criminal justice, environmental issues, city operations, and social services, learning from full-time experienced mentors and project managers.


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The fellowship is led by Rayid Ghani from the Department of Computer Science & Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and Former Chief Data Scientist of the 2012 Obama campaign. It’s organized by an interdisciplinary team from the Center for Data Science and Public Policy, which is a University of Chicago initiative across the Department of Computer Science and the Harris School of Public Policy.

Rayid Ghani
Rayid GhaniDirector
Director, Center for Data Science & Public Policy
Computation Institute and Harris School Of Public Policy
Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh
Data Scientist, Center for Data Science & Public Policy
Elena Eneva
Elena EnevaCo-Director of the Chicago Program
Rob Mitchum
Rob MitchumCommunications