Applications are open from January 1 – January 31, 2018.


There is no single skill-set required, but a student must have substantial background in at least one and preferably two of the following areas:

  1. Mathematics, especially discrete math or geometry
  2. Social science research, including demography, political science, law, racial polarization
  3. GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
  4. Programming, especially in python or C; algorithm design and analysis
  5. Software development
  6. Statistical analysis of datasets/network science
  7. MCMC or other probabilistic sampling methods

Applications are now being accepted on MathJobs.


Applications are being accepted at  Your application should be complete by Jan 31 to receive full consideration.

The main content of your application is the cover letter– please use it to describe your background as it is relevant to the list of skills and goals for this program.  You will also be asked for a short CV.

Please request two letters of recommendation.  Your recommenders will be able to upload them directly to MathJobs once you set up your account.  Note:  when students begin the application process, there will be an option to send a prompt to your recommenders.  Be sure to begin early so that they are notified with as much lead time as possible.

Tufts students:  consider applying for this through the Tisch Summer Fellows program, which will also provide a framework for an additional four weeks of work on the project after the six-week program ends.  Deadline for Tisch applications is January 22.

Are you on the quarter system?  Some schools don’t get out until mid-June.  We will save a few spots for students applying from those schools with an alternate start date of June 18.

Are you in between college and grad school?  You are definitely still eligible.  We expect grad students to play a bit more of a mentor role, so in your cover letter, please say a word about how you see your mentoring skills.