Workshop/Training Opportunities for Doctoral Students in the U.S. (Social Sciences)

Updated on Nov 27, 2021

Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship @ CMU

  • Application: Jan
  • Workshop: Jun ~ Aug (12 weeks)
  • The Data Science for Social Good Fellowship is a full-time summer program to train aspiring data scientists to work on machine learning, data science, and AI projects with social impact in a fair and equitable manner. Working closely with governments and nonprofits, fellows take on real-world problems in education, health, criminal justice, sustainability, public safety, workforce development, human services, transportation, economic development, international development, and more.
  • Participants will work in teams of 3-4 on data science projects in partnership with nonprofits and government agencies, to tackle data-intensive high impact problems in education, public health, public safety, transportation, criminal justice, environmental issues, city operations, and social services, learning from full-time experienced mentors and project managers.

Summer Institutes in Computational Social Science

  • Application: Feb ~ Mar (varies by workshop)
  • Workshop: Jul ~ Aug (2 weeks)
  • The purpose of the Summer Institutes is to bring together graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and beginning faculty interested in computational social science. The Summer Institutes are for both social scientists (broadly conceived) and data scientists (broadly conceived).
  • Since 2017, our Institutes have provided more than 700 young scholars with cutting-edge training in the field and the opportunity to develop new research collaborations that break down disciplinary barriers. There is no tuition required to attend the Summer Institutes, and many locations cover some or all travel, accommodation, and meal expenses.

Population and Social Data Science Summer Incubator Program @ Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

  • Workshop: June 1st – August 30th (3 months)
  • The goal of the Population and Social Data Science Summer Incubator Program is to enable discovery by bringing together data scientists and population scientists to work on focused, intensive and collaborative projects of broad societal relevance.
  • For a period of 3 months, participating students will work in small teams, with support from experienced mentors, towards a common research goal. 
  • Participating students will be exposed to best practices across social and data sciences while contributing to a hands-on project experience. All participants will also have access to lectures and participate in other scientific activities happening at MPIDR. 

Michigan Mixed Methods Workshop

  • The workshop targets researchers, faculty, staff, and students motivated to design a mixed methods research project using both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop (biennial) @ Columbia

  • The Fragile Families Summer Data Training Workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the data available in the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a national study following a birth cohort of (mostly) unmarried parents and their children, providing information about the capabilities, circumstances, and relationships of unwed parents, the wellbeing of their children, and the role of public policy in family and child wellbeing. The workshop is targeted toward early-career scholars from social science disciplines. We particularly encourage applications from junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced doctoral students using the Fragile Families data in their doctoral dissertations. Underrepresented scholars are strongly encouraged to apply.

Social Network and Health Workshop @ Duke

Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop @ Berkeley

  • The Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop meets every two weeks during the academic year so members can share work-in-progress about any aspect of research on migration/immigration. It welcomes contemporary and historical research on migration, immigrants and their children, in the US and around the world. The workshop is open to any researcher at UCB—grad students, faculty, staff, post-docs—as well as visiting scholars on campus for the semester. The Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop is facilitated by Irene BloemraadCybelle Fox, and G. Cristina Mora of the Department of Sociology, but we warmly encourage participation from diverse disciplinary and methodological approaches. The workshop is grateful for funding from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE).

Annual Workshop on Formal Demography @ Berkeley

  • The workshops are aimed both at those with prior demographic training and those who have not studied demography but already have quantitative skills in another area. Advanced graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early career researchers and faculty are welcome to apply. We are interested in increasing the diversity of the field and encouraging applicants from all backgrounds.

LEAD Global Training Program

  • The LEAD Global Training Program recruits and trains predoctoral students and postdoctoral trainees from diverse backgrounds across the United States, including groups underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research, interested in global mental health disparities research. This includes early career researchers and investigators within 5 years of their terminal degree.
  • Targeted skills and knowledge-building didactic seminars, workshops, panels, courses, and discussions facilitated by faculty from multiple disciplines at Washington University in St. Louis and partner institutions in the US and across the globe.
  • Mentored research with a research faculty member conducting global mental health disparities research in an African country. Ongoing meetings, professional development, and hands-on research experience (to the extent possible in a remote format).

ICPSR Summer Program

EPI Summer @ Columbia

RAND Summer Associate Research Internship for Doctoral Students

  • RAND’s Summer Associate Program introduces outstanding graduate students to RAND, an institution that conducts research on a wide range of national security problems and domestic and international social policy issues.
  • RAND is committed to striving for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Research and analysis is enriched by diversity of talents, experiences, and perspectives. We encourage students from different racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, abilities, ages, gender, gender identity/expression, and other underrepresented groups to apply.
  • The program receives several hundred applications each year; approximately 35–45 students are placed in each cohort. The selection process matches potential Summer Associates with mentors and projects based on their skills, interests, and expertise. Summer Associates work on currently funded projects that have the capacity to support a Summer Associate’s work.
  • The program runs in the summer months only. Summer Associates work at RAND full-time for a 12-week period. Our summer 2022 program will be remote/virtual. Positions will only be available for students residing in the U.S. (excluding U.S. territories) for the duration of the summer associate assignments. Students receive bi-weekly compensation and are given the opportunity to conduct research that can be completed during the summer they are at RAND. The summer earnings for 2022 will be approximately $14,000 (before taxes) for the 12 weeks of full-time research.

Qualitative Research Summer Intensive

Intersectionality Research, Policy, & Practice Summer Intensive

  • Passionate about intersectionality, social justice and health equity? Excited by the prospect of spending 5 days in Philadelphia, PA with a community of graduate students, researchers of all career stages, and practitioners who share your commitment to using intersectionality as a tool to catalyze health equity? We figured you might be.

Child, Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) Training Institute

  • CHIPS (Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services) is an interdisciplinary training consortium, created to enhance career development for early-career scientists pursuing research careers in the areas of intervention, prevention, and the provision of services for children and adolescents.  CHIPS is funded through the NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR), which supports two critical areas of research, intervention research to evaluate the effectiveness of preventive and treatment interventions and mental health services research.
  • Each CHIPS fellow participates in a one-week training institute followed by a year or more of ongoing supervision by their assigned CHIPS mentor, and participation in CHIPS web seminars. 
  • Post-doctoral trainees and early career faculty are eligible to apply.  Trainees must be working broadly in areas of prevention, intervention, or services in child psychiatric mental disorders funded by the NIMH. 

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