WICSS-Abu Dhabi

January 2024 | NYU Abu-Dhabi



Participation is restricted to PhD students, postdocs, early career researchers in either public or private research institutes, and early career faculty within 5 years of their PhD. However, there are no restrictions based on citizenship, country of study, or country of employment. About 10-12 participants will be invited.

The Winter Institute aims to bring together computational social scientists across all levels of technical experience. 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 SICSS boot camp. Students doing this preparatory work will be supported by a teaching assistant who will hold online office hours during the two months before the Institute.

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, and 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 CV, (ii) a brief statement of interest (max 2 pages including their motivation and what types of projects they want to work on), and (iii) the contact details of two recommenders whom we may contact for support letters during the selection process.

In order to be guaranteed full consideration, all application materials must be submitted by August 31, 2023. All application materials must be submitted through this survey form. Applications that are not complete by the deadline may not receive full consideration. We will notify applicants solely through e-mail by September 31, 2023, and will ask participants to confirm their participation very soon thereafter.

Inquiries can be sent to info.wicss@nyu.edu.

Application Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply to more than one Summer/Winter Institute location?

Yes, but not at the same time. For example, you can apply to WICSS-Abu Dhabi, and then if you are not accepted you can apply to one of the other locations if it has a later deadline. However, you cannot have applications under review at two locations simultaneously.

Can I participate in WICSS-Abu Dhabi if I have already participated in SICSS or WICSS at another location?

No. Every year we have more applicants than we can accept, and we would like everyone to have a chance to participate in SICSS (or WICSS) once before we allow folks to participate twice.

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