Do you want to learn about how to do computational social sciences (a quick crash course) and gain international friends from various disciplines? You should consider applying to Summer Institutes in Computational Social Science, or SICSS for short.

The effort is led by Matthew Salganik (Princeton) and Chris Bail (Duke), but the scope has expanded and various alumni have also participated in the organization of SICSS (including yours truly) and generously supported by the Russell Sage Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. (For most institutes, there is therefore no cost of participation.) This year, summer institutes are taking place in

  *   Princeton, United States (Princeton University)
  *   Bamberg, Germany (University of Bamberg)
  *   Boston, MA (MIT)
  *   Cape Town, South Africa (University of Cape Town)
  *   Chicago, IL (Northwestern University)
  *   Istanbul, Turkey (Kadir Has University)
  *   Monterrey, Mexico (Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León)
  *   Oxford, United Kingdom (Oxford University)
  *   New York, NY (Hunter College-CUNY)
  *   Research Triangle Park, NC (RTI International)
  *   Zurich, Switzerland (ETH-Zurich)

As you can see, the scope is now in four - of five, if Istanbul counts as Asia - continents. This is possible as the alumni from SICSSs run their own local partner institutes, partly following the program developed by Matt and Chris, partly exploring topics or approaches they find valuable. Topics often include themes likes “research ethics”, “text as data”, “experimental studies in the web” and a one-week project, where students seek to apply the recently gained knowledge to an empirical research problem.

See details for applications from here:

Note that various institutes may have different deadlines for applications! They seem to be in about a week.

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