Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) Program

The Data Science Institute (DSI) in the Faculty of Science, at the University of British Columbia, is partnering with the University of Washington eScience Institute to offer the Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) Summer Fellowships—modelled after successful programs at the University of Chicago, Georgia Tech and the eScience Institute. This program is designed to bring together undergraduate students and graduate students from diverse backgrounds with experience in data science, urban research and planning, design thinking and other domains to work on focused, collaborative projects that have the potential to benefit society.

In this 15-week program (May 15 - August 25, 2017), selected participants will have the opportunity to develop skills and to work on focused, collaborative projects that have the potential to benefit society. 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 selected by academic researchers with input from public government and non-profit organizations. These projects will involve analyzing multiple data sets and have an applied social good component for urban-related topics.

In this exciting learning opportunity, DSSG Fellows will be mentored by a postdoctoral fellow and a senior data scientist, and will interact regularly with academic researchers and public stakeholders. DSSG Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,500 for their 15-week of full-time work and are expected to attend and present at the Cascadia Data Science for Social Good Scholar Symposium in 2017.


Are you accepting applications from non-UBC students?
Unfortunately we are only accepting applications from students enrolled at UBC this year.

Do I need a strong coding and/or statistical background?
In short, NO. While having some data science experience is helpful, we welcome applications from students of diverse backgrounds, including those from the social sciences and the arts. The projects will be team based and we will ensure each team has the requisite technical expertise to tackle the more data-intensive aspects. Moreover, DSSG Fellows will also receive technical training and research mentoring during the program.


Read the UBC press release here.


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

This program is open to full-time undergraduate students who have successfully completed 75 credits, or graduate students, enrolled at UBC at the time of application.

Applications are closed; please check back next year.

Download application instructions and form by clicking here.

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

For questions about this program, email