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 15 to June 20, 2020 | New York University | New York, New York



ATTENTION: We are closely monitoring the progress of covid-19, especially in the New York City metropolitan area. We will take every precaution necessary to protect participants, staff, and the broader community. For now, we are not cancelling SICSS-NYU, but will make adjustments as necessary and as the situation progresses. We encourage participants to apply! We have implemented a rolling deadline until further notice. Please check back for updates.

Participation is restricted to Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and untenured faculty within 7 years of their Ph.D. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and fields of study, especially applicants from groups currently under-represented in computational social science.

We will evaluate applicants along the following dimensions: 1) research and teaching in the area of computational social science; 2) likelihood to benefit from participation and 3)likelihood to contribute to and benefit from the educational experience of other participants.

About twenty participants will be invited, and participants are expected to fully attend and participate in the entire one-week program.

How To Apply

Applicants must submit the following documents: (i) a curriculum vitae, (ii) a statement (maximum two pages, double spaced) describing both any current research, your interest in computational social science, as well as why you would like to attend SICSS-NYU, (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. We will not accept or review letters of recommendation from faculty advisors. All applications must include an e-mail and an alternative means of contact (e.g., phone number).

Applications must be submitted as one combined file by email to:

Please also include in the body of your e-mail some basic data in this structured format:

  1. First Name:
  2. Last Name:
  3. Email Address:
  4. Discipline and date of (expected) PhD degree:
  5. Current University/College:

In order to be guaranteed full consideration, all application materials must be submitted by midnight EST on April 15, 2020. We will notify applicants solely through e-mail by the first week in May, and will ask participants to confirm their participation very soon thereafter.

Inquiries can be sent to

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m a Masters student: can I apply?

We will consider applications from master’s students in a research track who are transitioning to a PhD degree. Students should demonstrate interest and commitment to research in the area of computational social science.

Will funding for travel or housing be provided?

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide funding for travel or housing.

I am not affiliated with a New York area university. Can I apply?

Absolutely! While we not able to offer funding for travel or housing, scholars who are located in New York during the summer and wish to attend the institute are welcome to apply.

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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