UW Data Science for Social Good

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

Student Fellows

Applications for 2022 are now closed. Please check back in January 2023.

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


Learn more about becoming a DSSG Student Fellow

FAQ for Prospective Fellows 

Project Proposals

The Call for Proposals for 2022 is now closed.

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.

Learn more about submitting a proposal

FAQ for prospective project leads 

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 program enables novel research on focused, intensive, collaborative projects with an applied social good dimension. These projects frequently generate exciting results, and can garner media attention, which you can find here.

Partner Organizations

The eScience Institute offers the Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) summer program. In summer 2017 we partnered with the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative and the University of British Columbia to help launch 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


The Data Science for Social Good program at the eScience Institute is co-sponsored by the Micron Foundation. Support from the University of Washington enabled the creation of the eScience Institute in 2008.

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