2018 Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) Fellowship Program

The Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) Program at the University of British Columbia is a summer program designed to provide an interdisciplinary data science research experience for undergraduate and graduate UBC students. This program—hosted by the Data Science Institute at UBC in partnership with the eScience Institute, University of Washington—brings together students from diverse backgrounds to work closely with data providers and domain experts on focussed, collaborative projects that have the potential to benefit society.

In this 14-week full-time program, selected participants will have the opportunity to develop skills by experiencing the complete process of a data science project: from data processing, to analysis and modelling, to communication (e.g., visualization, interpretation). Sixteen selected UBC DSSG Fellows (eight undergraduate and eight graduate students) will be divided into four teams that will work on one of four research projects submitted by municipal or provincial governments or non-profit organizations. These projects will involve analyzing multiple data sets and have an applied social good component for urban-related topics.

DSSG Fellows will work independently with guidance from their project leads, and with support from the DSI Scientific Director, data scientists from the Applied Statistics and Data Science Group at UBC, and mentors from Microsoft (Vancouver). DSSG Fellows will receive a minimum stipend of $6,500 (with a possibility of up to $8,500 depending on funding) for their 14 weeks of full-time work and are expected to participate and present at events involving public and industry stakeholders.

This program is part of the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative and is sponsored by Microsoft.

Application Process & Eligibility

This program is open to full-time UBC students who have successfully completed 75 undergraduate credits, or enrolled in a graduate program at UBC. While some experience with coding (e.g., Python, R) and/or statistical background is helpful to your application, we welcome applications from students from all backgrounds--including those from the social sciences and the arts. Prior to the start of the program, we will offer optional technical training to better prepare students who come from a non-technical background.

International UBC students are eligible to apply provided you are eligible to work during the summer term (i.e., you are returning to full-time study in September 2018 or have a valid Canadian work visa.

To submit an application, please complete the application form, provide unofficial transcripts, and include your latest CV. The last day to submit an application is March 5, 2018. Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews in mid-March 2018 and offers will be made shortly thereafter.

Download application form here.

Please note you are required to submit a CV and unofficial transcripts with your application form.

For questions about this program, email dsi.admin@science.ubc.ca.