26 June to 7 July 2023 | University of Johannesburg



Participation is restricted to registered masters and doctoral students, postdoctoral, early career and independent researchers. However, there are no restrictions based on citizenship, country of study or country of employment. About 15 to 20 participants will be invited.

The 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 the SICSS boot camp and attend compulsory group office hours. Students doing this preparatory work will be supported by a teaching assistant who will hold online group office hours during the June month 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 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:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Motivation (write as much and be as creative as you want)

In order to be guaranteed full consideration, all application materials must be submitted by 11:59pm (SAST) Friday 31 March, 2023 Friday 21 April, 2023. All application materials must be submitted through the SICSS-IPATC application form. Applications that are not complete by the deadline may not receive full consideration. We will notify applicants solely through e-mail by end of April 2023 and will ask participants to confirm their participation very soon thereafter.

Inquiries can be sent to

Application Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply to more than one Institute location?

Yes, but not at the same time. For example, you can apply to SICSS-IPATC, 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 an applications under review at two locations simultaneously.

Can I participate in SICSS-IPATC if I have already participated in SICSS 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 once before we allow folks to participate twice.

Host a Location

You can host a partner location of the Summer Institutes of Computational Social Science (SICSS) at your university, company, NGO, or government agency.

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