July 1 to July 12, 2024 | Fundação Getulio Vargas



Participation is restricted to graduate students (master and doctoral programs), postdoctoral researchers, untenured faculty within 7 years of their Ph.D., and computational social scientists working on NGOs. Because we are interested in building a community of computational social scientists in Brazil, we are particularly interested in applicants from Brazil, or currently working on Brazilian Institutions. However, there are no restrictions based on citizenship, country of study, or country of employment. About 20-30 participants will be invited.

The Summer 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 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:

  • a curriculum vitae (CV),
  • a cover letter (maximum 3 pages) describing both any current research and your interest in computational social science,
  • one writing sample (no more than 30 pages).

The materials can be submitted in English or Portuguese. Co-authored work is acceptable for the writing sample (3), but if you submit co-authored work, we recommend that you include a few sentences describing the contributions of each individual author.

In order to be guaranteed full consideration, all application materials must be submitted by June 08. All application materials must be submitted through google forms. Applications that are not complete by the deadline may not receive full consideration. We will notify applicants solely through e-mail by early may, 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 Summer Institute location?

Yes, but not at the same time. For example, you can apply to SICSS-FGV/ECMI Brazil, 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-FGV/ECMI Brazil 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.

Will the activities be online?

Yes, all SICSS Brazil activities will be developed online.

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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