Some locations of the 2020 Summer Institutes in Computational Social Science have been postponed because of COVID-19. Other locations are still planning to take place, but each organizer is monitoring the situation carefully.


June 14 to June 26, 2020 | University of Copenhagen | Copenhagen, Denmark


Important Notice: We are closely monitoring the developments surrounding the global COVID-19 outbreak, especially the official government and university responses to it. We will take every precaution necessary to protect participants, staff, and the broader community. At this point (March 27), we are still hoping to be able to host SICSS-Copenhagen in June and have decided to extend the application deadline until April 26th to provide interested individuals more time to apply. We will inform applicants about any changes to these plans via email and, for now, encourage all interested individuals to apply.


Applications are invited from all interested individuals with particular emphasis on PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and untenured faculty within 5 years of their PhD. There are no restrictions based on citizenship, country of study, or country of employment. We anticipate to admit about 20 participants. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and fields of study, especially applicants from groups currently under-represented in computational social science. While we strongly encourage participants to commit for both weeks of the institute, we will consider exceptions for plausible reasons such as child or dependent care commitments. We evaluate applicants along a number of dimensions: 1) research and teaching in the area of computational social science 2) contributions to public goods, such as creating open source software, curating public datasets, and creating educational opportunities for others 3) likelihood to benefit from participation 4) likelihood to contribute to the educational experience of other participants 5) potential to spread computational social science to new intellectual communities and areas of research. Further, when making our evaluations, we attempt to account for an applicant’s career stage and previous educational opportunities.

How To Apply

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  1. A curriculum vitae
  2. a statement of interest (maximum three, double-spaced pages) describing both any current research and your interest in computational social science, and
  3. one writing sample (no more than 35, double-spaced pages).

Co-authored work is acceptable for the writing sample (3), but if you submit co-authored work, we recommend that you include a few sentences describing your contributions to the document.

Please submit your applications and the supporting documents listed above using this application form.

In order to be guaranteed full consideration, all application materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM CET on March 29th, 2020 11:59 PM CET on April 26th, 2020.

Inquiries can be sent to:

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