June 14 to June 27, 2020 | Tsinghua University | Beijing, China


ATTENTION: SICSS-Beijing has been postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19.


Participation is restricted to Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and untenured faculty within 7 years of their Ph.D. However, there are no restrictions based on citizenship, country of study, or country of employment. About 20 participants will be invited. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and fields of study, especially applicants from groups currently under-represented in computational social science. We evaluate applicants along a number of dimensions: 1) research and teaching in the area of computational social science 2) contributions to public goods, such as creating open source software, curating public datasets, and creating educational opportunities for others 3) likelihood to benefit from participation 4) likelihood to contribute to the educational experience of other participants 5) potential to spread computational social science to new intellectual communities and areas of research. Further, when making our evaluations, we attempt to account for an applicant’s career stage and previous educational opportunities.

How To Apply

Applicants must submit the following documents: (i) a curriculum vitae, (ii) a statement (maximum three pages) describing both any current research and your interest in computational social science (especially as it relates to RSF research priorities such as behavioral economics, social inequality, future of work, and immigration), (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. All applications must include an e-mail and an alternative means of contact (e.g., phone number).

For graduate students or postdoctoral researchers: Applicants who are graduate students or postdoctoral researchers must submit one letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor. This letter of recommendation should be as informative as possible about your standing in your program, general ability, research potential, and (if applicable) special interest in computational social science.

In order to be guaranteed full consideration, all application materials must be submitted by Tuesday, February 25th, (NEW DATE: March 10th), 2020 at 11:59pm Beijing Time** (Postponed to next year**). Applications that are not complete by the deadline may not receive full consideration. We will notify applicants solely through e-mail by the end of March, and will ask participants to confirm their participation very soon thereafter.

Application link: you can use either Wenjuanxing or Google Form to submit your application.


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