Data Science Journalism Fellowship

Data science students at the University of Chicago are invited to apply to the Local Data Journalism Initiative. Successful applicants will be appointed as Data Science Journalism Fellows at the University of Chicago and will work with journalists and faculty to support ambitious investigative journalism for a major media outlet on a critical issue impacting cities, using the highest caliber analytics tools and approaches. This opportunity is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduate students.


Applications are now closed for the 2024 summer program. All applicants will be notified if they are selected before the end of February. Details about applications for 2025 will be shared later in 2024.

About the program

Data Science Journalism Fellows and faculty will work to support a data-driven investigative story proposed by a data journalist fellow during the summer of 2024. Data scientist fellows and faculty will meet regularly with the journalist fellow(s) over eight weeks, first with a kick-off session, followed by in-person or online meetings, typically each week. The data team will work with the data journalist fellow(s) to scope the project and provide data analytic and visualization support. By the end of the summer, data scientist fellows will complete the program having produced completed data analyses, visualizations, or other deliverables.

Who should apply

The program is intended for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students at the University of Chicago with a background in mathematics, computer science, and/or data science, as well as experience collaborating with and supporting peers, particularly those from groups underrepresented in STEM.

Candidates can have experience or interest in any of the following areas of research: Computer Systems and Architecture, Data Science and Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Hardware & Devices, High-Performance Computing, Human-Computer Interaction, Natural Language Processing, Networking, Security and Privacy, Arts & Culture, Biology & Medicine, Communications & Internet, Economics and Business, Energy, Environmental Sciences, Food and Agriculture, Human Rights, Public Policy, Physics and Astronomy.

Candidates should also have experience with any of the following data science tools: Web (HTML/Javascript), Java, Python, C/C++, Data Analysis, Jupyter Notebooks, Linux, Machine learning, GitHub, or Databases/SQL.

Our goal is to provide a quality data journalism piece that helps tell an important story that will engage a wide audience. To do this, the data team will need to meet and communicate regularly with each other and the journalist fellow(s). The program will run for eight weeks, from June 3 through July 26, 2024. We ask that you be available for 40-hours a week during this time. Fellows will receive compensation at a rate of $26 per hour over the eight weeks.