The Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS)

Deadline: 15 April 2019
Open to: Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty within 7 years of their Ph.D
Benefits: accommodation, meals and travel costs will be covered


The Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS) brings together graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and beginning faculty interested in computational social science. SICSS is for both social scientists and data scientists.

The instructional program will involve lectures, group problem sets, and participant-led research projects. There will also be speakers who conduct computational social science research. Topics covered include text as data, website scraping and digital trace data, online experiments, non-probability sampling, machine learning, and ethics. There will be ample opportunities for students to discuss their ideas and research with the organizers, other participants, and visiting speakers. Because they are committed to open and reproducible research, all materials created by faculty and students for the Summer Institute will be released open source.


They are inviting applications from Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty within 7 years of their Ph.D. They are hoping to have wide participation from researchers across different departments and institutes within the University of Oxford, both from the social sciences and the computational/data sciences. They would also like to welcome a limited number of participants from other institutions both in the UK and abroad. 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.


There are no registration fees for participating in SICSS-Oxford. Participants are expected to attend both weeks of the institute. Meals and refreshments will be provided free of cost for all participants at SICSS-Oxford during the event. Accommodation for those participants from outside Oxford will also be covered. Travel costs (up to a set cap) will be reimbursed for those from outside Oxford.

How to apply?

In order to apply, please fill the application form.

For more information, please visit the official web page.