Due to COVID-19, some locations of the 2020 Summer Institutes in Computational Social Science have become virtual events and others have been postponed until 2021. Please see the SICSS COVID-19 FAQs for more information.


June 14 to June 27, 2020 | UQAM | Virtual event


Update: Because of COVID-19, SICSS-Montreal 2020 will be switched from an in-person event to a virtual event.

Eligibility / Éligibilité

Participation is restricted to Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, untenured faculty within 7 years of their Ph.D, and exceptionnaly to master students (those finishing their thesis). However, there are no restrictions based on citizenship, country of study, or country of employment. There is no registration fee for participating in SICSS-Montreal, and most of the costs will be covered. About 30 participants will be invited. The Summer Institute will be conducted in both French and English and priority will be given to participants who are comfortable with those languages. The Summer Institute aims to bring together computational social scientists across all levels of technical experience. Participants with less experience with social science research will be expected to complete additional readings in advance of the Institute, and participants with less experience coding will be expected to complete a set of online learning modules on the R programming language. Students doing this preparatory work will be supported by a teaching assistant who will hold online office hours during the two months before the Institute.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and fields of study, especially applicants from groups currently under-represented in computational social science. 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. In addition, applicants that developp 6) research interests on developing countries especially in sub-Saharan Africa or are 7) fonctional in French are encouraged to apply. Further, when making our evaluations, attempt to account for an applicant’s career stage and previous educational opportunities.

La participation est limitée aux doctorants, chercheurs postdoctoraux, professeurs non titulaires dans les 7 ans suivant leur doctorat, et de manière exceptionnelle, aux étudiants finissants de Maîtrise. Cependant, il n’y a aucune restriction basée sur la nationalité, le pays d’études ou le pays d’emploi. Il n’y a pas de frais d’inscription pour participer au SICSS-Montréal, et la plupart des coûts seront couverts. Une trentaine de participants seront invités. La formation sera à la fois en français et en anglais et la priorité sera accordée aux participants qui se sentent bien à l’aise avec ces deux langues. L’Ecole d’Eté vise à réunir des spécialistes en sciences sociales computationnelles de tous les niveaux d’expérience technique. Les participants ayant moins d’expérience en recherche en sciences sociales devront faire des lectures supplémentaires avant l’Ecole, et les participants ayant moins d’expérience en codage devront compléter un ensemble de modules d’apprentissage en ligne sur le langage de programmation R. Les étudiants effectuant ce travail préparatoire seront soutenus par un assistant d’enseignement qui tiendra des heures de bureau en ligne pendant les deux mois précédant l’Ecole.

Nous accueillons les candidats de tous horizons et domaines d’études, en particulier les candidats de groupes actuellement sous-représentés en sciences sociales informatiques. Nous évaluons les candidats selon plusieurs dimensions: 1) la recherche et l’enseignement dans le domaine des sciences sociales informatiques 2) les contributions aux biens publics, telles que la création de logiciels open source, la conservation d’ensembles de données publiques et la création d’opportunités éducatives pour les autres 3) la probabilité de bénéficier de la participation 4) probabilité de contribuer à l’expérience éducative des autres participants 5) possibilité de diffuser les sciences sociales computationnelles à de nouvelles communautés intellectuelles et à de nouveaux domaines de recherche. De plus, les candidats qui développent 6) des intérêts de recherche sur les pays en développement en particulier en Afrique subsaharienne ou 7) sont fonctionnels en français sont encouragés à postuler. Finalement, lors de nos évaluations, nous essayerons de tenir compte du stade de carrière du candidat et des opportunités de formation antérieures.

How To Apply

Applicants must submit the following documents: (i) a curriculum vitae, (ii) a statement (maximum three pages) describing both any current research and your interest in computational social science, (iii) one writing sample (no more than 35 pages). Co-authored work is acceptable for the writing sample, but if you submit co-authored work, we recommend that you include a few sentences describing the contributions of each individual author. All applications must include an e-mail and an alternative means of contact (e.g., phone number).

Due date extended, all application materials must be submitted through the Google form by Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

In order to be guaranteed full consideration, all application materials must be submitted before Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Applications that are not complete by the deadline may not receive full consideration. We will notify applicants solely through e-mail in mid-April, and will ask participants to confirm their participation very soon thereafter.

Inquiries can be sent to sicss.montreal@gmail.com.

Applying to multiple locations

It is allowed to apply to more than one Summer Institute location, but not at the same time. For example, you can apply to SICSS-Duke, and then if you are not accepted you can apply to one of the other locations if it has a later deadline. However, you cannot have an applications under review at two locations simultaneously.

Host a Location

You can host a partner location of the Summer Institutes of Computational Social Science (SICSS) at your university, company, NGO, or government agency.

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