UW Data Science for Social Good

The Data Science for Social Good summer program brings together students, stakeholders, data and domain researchers to work on focused, collaborative projects for societal benefit.

Student Fellows

Applications for 2019 open in January

Sixteen DSSG Student Fellows will be selected to work on data-intensive projects that have concrete relevance and social impact. Students are expected to work closely and collaboratively with team members onsite for the duration of the 10-week (June – Aug) program.

Learn more about becoming a DSSG Student Fellow

Meet the 2018 Student Fellows

Project Proposals

2019 Call for Proposals now open

We invite proposals for 10-week data-intensive research projects to be undertaken each summer. We welcome proposals submitted by academic researchers, public agencies, non-profit entities, and industry. Submissions will open in early 2019.

Learn More about Submitting a proposal

Project Summaries

Data Science for Social Good projects have an applied social good dimension and broadly address questions related to social science, human services, public policy, environmental impacts, education and urban informatics.

DSSG in the news…

The DSSG enables novel research on focused, intensive, collaborative projects with an applied social good dimension. These projects frequently generate exciting results and media attention.

News highlights from DSSG 2016 
News highlights from DSSG 2017
News highlights from DSSG 2018 

Partner Organizations

The eScience Institute, in collaboration with the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative, offers the Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) summer program. In summer 2017 we partnered with the University of British Columbia to offer the pilot UBC DSSG program. Our program is modeled after similar programs at the University of Chicago and Georgia Tech, with elements from our own Data Science Incubator.

UW and UBC fellows meet in Vancouver


Microsoft co-sponsors the DSSG program through support of the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative. The eScience Institute is partially funded by the Data Science Environments partnership with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to help nurture an interdisciplinary culture of data science. Support from the University of Washington enabled the creation of the eScience Institute in 2008.

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