Academic Hive for African Scholars is happy to announce the opening of the application period for the SICSS-Calabar (Summer Institute in Computational Social Science) in Nigeria in 2023. Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career faculty members who are interested in computational social science and data science are to be brought together via the Summer Institute. The Summer Institute is intended for both data scientists and social scientists in general.
The option to take part in group problem-solving sessions, hear lectures, and do research will all be available to participants. Speakers from academia, business, and government that specialize in computational social science will also present at the Summer Institute.
Topics including text as data, internet scraping, digital field experiments, machine learning, and ethics will all be covered in the curriculum. There will be ample opportunities for students to discuss ideas
and research with the organizers, other participants, and visiting speakers.
Starting Date: June 26- July 07, 2023
Duration: 02 Weeks (in-person)
Applicants from all backgrounds and fields of study are welcome to apply to SICSS-Calabar,
participation is however restricted to:
- Applicants resident in South-South and South East regions of Nigeria (Cross River, AkwaIbom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Rivers, Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo states)
- Applicants should have basic knowledge of R for data science (if you don’t have this, you
can take this free short course to learn about R for data science before you apply)
- Postgraduate students (PGD, MSc, Ph.D.),
- Early-career University Faculty, and
- Industry Professionals with an interest in applying data science techniques to addressing
pressing social problems.
- However, applicants from groups currently under-represented in computational social science
are especially welcome to apply.
Applicants for the SICSS-Calabar will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Research and teaching in the area of computational social science
- Contributions to public goods, such as creating open-source software, curating public
datasets, and creating educational opportunities for others
- Likelihood to benefit from participation
- Likelihood to contribute to the educational experience of other participants
- Potential to spread computational social science to new intellectual communities and
areas of research.
All interested participants for the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSSCalabar) must submit the following documents:
- A Curriculum Vitae
- A brief statement about why they wish to attend SICSS-Calabar (Not more than 500
- Share a writing sample (this could be any piece of writing they own. Published or
- A supporting letter from a supervisor/head of department/line manager/mentor that can
attest to the applicant’s competence/potential and availability.