June 29 to July 11, 2020 | Bocconi University | Milan, Italy


ATTENTION: SICSS-Milano 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, 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 two pages, double spaced) describing your research/interest in computational social science and your experience with coding, (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. We will not consider letters of recommendation. All applications must include an e-mail and an alternative means of contact (e.g., phone number).

Applications must be submitted as one combined file by email to:

Please also include in the body of your e-mail some basic data in this structured format:

  1. First Name:
  2. Last Name:
  3. Email Address:
  4. Discipline and date of (expected) PhD degree:
  5. Current University/College:

In order to be guaranteed full consideration, all application materials must be submitted by midnight EST on April 15, 2020. We will notify applicants solely through e-mail by the first week in May, and will ask participants to confirm their participation very soon thereafter.

Inquiries can be sent to

Frequently Asked Questions

Will housing be provided?
Yes. For accepted participants who are not based in Milan, housing will be provided.

I am not affiliated with a university in Milan. Can I apply?

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